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Wherever you live, work and play - we want to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.
August 8, 2013
Tips and tools for waterwise gardening
Nick is now proud to serve as the Commissioner-in-charge of Water and Environmental Services for the City.
The Regional Water Providers Consortium—a group of 20+ local water providers plus the regional government Metro—has some great, no-cost resources to help gardeners save water this season.
First, the Consortium provides a “Weekly Watering Number” on their website (www.conserveh2o.org) -- which you can sign up to have delivered straight to your e-mail inbox. Based on the weather in your zip code area, the Weekly Watering number advises how many inches of water your lawn and or garden will need for the upcoming week.
Second, the Consortium will offer free outdoor watering gauge kits from July 1 - August 10. The kits include a water gauge and timer to help you measure your sprinkler’s water use and ensure that you’re giving your garden the right amount of water. Kits are available while supplies last—one per customer—to metro-area residents. To receive a free kit, call 503-823-7528 or email RWPCinfo@portlandoregon.gov.
Please include your mailing address, water provider name and how you heard about the offer.
June 12, 2013
Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 - Set to launch!
We are proud to announce that the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 will be released soon! The Coalition for a Livable Future has championed efforts to update the previous Atlas, which was published in 2007. We are excited to see changes transpire in Portland as the Atlas' findings are incorporated into local policies.
The Equity Atlas is a major research and education project to promote widespread opportunity for a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. The goal of the Atlas project is to create a better region for all by helping stakeholders around the region promote changes in public policy, planning, and strategic investments to eliminate disparities.
This will serve as a powerful tool for understanding how well different neighborhoods and populations are able to access essential resources to meet their basic needs and advance their well-being.
It includes three main parts:
Community members are invited to attend a release celebration!
June 28, 3-5pm
Mercy Corps Action Center, Aceh Room
45 SW Ankeny St. Portland
We would also like to thank the Coalition for a Livable Future's partners on this project for their efforts: Metro, Portland State University’s Institute for Metropolitan Studies, and the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation.
Photo Credit: The Coalition for a Livable Future
June 10, 2013
An Urban Grange
Situated on six-acres of land in Southeast Portland, Zenger Farm is one of the largest farms within the city limits. In its fourteenth year, the farm is active and growing everyday.
In the Portland Monthly article, “Farm to Future,” Randy Gragg highlights how the farm has “more than 6,000 school-children from across the metro region visit every year. One thousand families take part in the farm’s ‘Healthy Eating on a Budget’ workshops. Each Sunday, 900 shoppers routinely visit the Lents International Farmer’s Market, which the farm has been operating in the neighborhood since 2006.” The property also includes a 10-acre wetland that's part of the Johnson Creek Watershed and offers a great setting to teach kids about sustainable farming practices and urban ecosystems.
Zenger Farm was Portland’s first community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm. CSAs are an alternative way to get fresh and local produce instead of going to the grocery store. With CSAs, community members can buy a membership at the start of the growing season so they can take home a portion of the farm’s harvest. In the past, CSAs were thought of as only benefitting higher-income families with a disposable income – but Zenger Farm reconstructed payment plans so their CSA would be able to accept food stamps.
With all its success, the Zenger Farm’s facility now needs to grow.
Zenger Farm has launched a campaign to expand their facilities into an “Urban Grange.” The Urban Grange will feature 8,960 square feet of classrooms, food processing facilities, a commercial kitchen, offices, and community meeting areas. As Zenger Executive Director Jill Kuehler explains, “the Urban Grange will allow us to double our programs.” They hope to break ground next spring on the $1.9 million project.
We are proud to partner with Zenger Farm to support the local food movement, and make it possible for every Portlander to have access to fresh food!
Kelly House in The Oregonian
Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal
Photo courtesy of Portland Business Journal
May 30, 2013
Portland hosts the World Environment Day celebration
Portland is honored to have been selected by the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office of North America to host the World Environment Day (WED)! On June 5th, Portland will be flooded with events, all relating to the event's theme: Reduce Your Footprint.
Annually, World Environment Day aims to be the largest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. Since 1972, WED has stimulated worldwide awareness of the environment and encouraged political attention and action. This event is also a great opportunity for people of different walks of life to collaborate in efforts to make our planet healthier.
The festivities have already begun! Local environment or sustainability groups can be part of the celebration by scheduling events from Earth Day (April 22nd) until WED on June 5th. The calender is packed, so check it out and get involved soon!
Some great examples of WED events in the next week include the Buckman, Mount Tabor, King, and Portland State University Farmers Markets, as well as a Garden Work Party at Tualatin Hills Nature Park. Or, seniors are welcome to get some exercise and build community during next Tuesday's Senior Stroll.
May 15, 2013
State food policy update coming soon!
Join us on Saturday to hear a bit about state food policies from our state representatives. In this legislative update, Representatives Alissa Keny-Guyer and Jeff Reardon will share with the community about the budget, economic and nutritional bills, and other issues.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
10:00 - 11:30 am
Zenger Farm, Farm House
11741 SE Foster Rd. Portland, OR 97266
Photo Credit: Yale Law School
May 15, 2013
Summer camp opportunities - healthy and fun!
Long days and a break from the seemingly incessant grey skies are here! As we slide into sunny skies, many parents begin to think about summer plans. We're excited to highlight some great opportunities for kids and youth this summer.
From swimming lessons and sports teams to arts and crafts and nature walks, Portland Parks and Recreation has an exciting camp for all. Older teens can backpack through the wilderness outside of the city while younger tots can become immersed in nature close to home with a bug hunt at the Hoyt Arboretum.
Interested in birds, you say? Well, attend camp at the Audubon Society of Portland! "Explorador" campers learn about healthy watersheds, native wildlife, habitat and backyard birds, with exciting trips to nearby natural areas, wetlands, ponds and parks, such as Smith and Bybee Lakes, Columbia Slough and Portland Audubon's own Wildlife Sanctuaries.
The Community Cycling Center gives kids the opportunity to become comfortable on a bike as well as explore the Portland community. Programs range from one to three mile rides for young students to more advanced 35+ mile rides for advanced high schoolers.
Children in grades one to nine also can attend a day camp at Zenger Farm. Examples of these camps include "Plant Potions," "Farm Party!" and "Chef de Cuisine." In fact, our friends at Zenger just received an award for being one of the Best Summer Camps! Check out more winners at: NW Kids Magazine.
There's also a great Summer Camp Guide available at: PDX Kids Calender.
March 26, 2013