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Join Slow Food Eugene And The Willamette Farm And Food Coalition For A Farm Dinner And Tour At Berggren Farm, Thursday, September 4.

This is the 2014 version of our favorite event of the year. It’s the Not Quite One Field Meal.  We have a number of local farms contributing to the event.  Just as in the past, you can expect a fabulous dinner visiting one of our local sustainable farms.  Seats are limited (50), so don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets!  Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

Our host this year is the Berggren Demonstration Farm, a 30-acre working farm on the lower McKenzie River. The farm is managed by Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development, in partnership with the McKenzie River Trust and Eugene Water & Electric Board.

Recognizing the important connection between healthy farms and clean water in the McKenzie River Valley, the farm strives to conserve and enhance the soil, water, plant and animal resources. Their produce is grown using organic practices and their livestock are humanely raised with access to sun, fresh air and pasture, without hormones or antibiotics.

There will be two opportunities to take a 30 minute tour of the farm and/or the larger riparian zone enhancement area. The Slow Food dinner will highlight Berggren Farm’s Pekin Ducks and vegetables in a delicious ragout.

 Tours
4:15pm – First round of tours (farm and riparian zone)
5:00pm – Second round of tours (farm and riparian zone)
5:45pm – Dinner is served

Menu
Duck Ragout / Veggie Ragout
Polenta
Green Salad
Bread
Nectarine/blueberry tart
Water/iced tea/beer/wine

We will have updates about our suppliers soon.

Please bring your own plates and tableware.

WHEN: Thursday, September 4th
TIME:  4 -7:30pm
WHERE: Berggren Demonstration Farm, 36986 Camp Creek Road, Springfield.  Here are the directions.  For more information about the farm, click here.
TICKETS: $45 (available from Brown Paper Tickets)

Last Tuesday Meet-Ups To Start In September

Put September 30 on your calendar.  Slow Food Eugene’s successful Last Tuesday Meet-Up will restart this Fall.

Last Tuesday Meet-Ups are a great opportunity to meet and greet fellow Slow Food members and friends. Typically, they start at 5:30pm. Each month, Slow Food Eugene brings in a speaker on important and interesting topics in the local food world. The speaker presents for about 15 minutes, leaving plenty of time for questions and socializing.

Yachats River Valley Farm Tour, Sunday, August 24, 10 am to 4 pm

143You will find the information that you need on the Yachats Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar.  Scroll down to August 24.

Here are the farms on the tour:

Seeds of Oregon-vegetables, plants and jams
Triple D Ranch-grass- fed beef, goat, fresh cows milk
Forks Farm- organic blueberries, cut flowers, florist, produce, jams
Rise and Shine Farm-local organic honey, bee pollen

Starshine Farm-llamas, alpacas, peacocks
Logy House Farm- seeds, flowers, basil, produce
Yaquina Nursery-succulents and cactus plants
The Ranch-baked goods, coffee, cold drinks, and grass-fed beef

Slow Food Eugene Lecture Series

We are working on some great new events for 2014. Stay tuned for upcoming news.

Join Slow Food – an invitation to membership

Are you committed to food for all that is “good, clean, and fair?” Other organizations advocate for good OR clean OR fair food policies. Only Slow Food emphasizes the interconnectedness of all three. Please consider joining with other like-minded people all over the nation and the world, by becoming a MEMBER of Slow Food USA.

Click here to join now

Our local Slow Food chapter sponsors events throughout the year that connect us with our food traditions, promote learning about local food production, and gather people to enjoy good food together.

Farm to School Apple Fundraiser

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When you buy Farm to School Fuji apples at participating retailers in the Eugene area including Kiva, Friendly St. Market, Sundance, Cappella, Red Barn, New Frontier and Eugene Local Foods, profits from the sale will support the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition’s Farm to School Program.
For more information: click this link.

Public Service Announcements

As a public service, we are listing some upcoming events we thought that you might be interested in. Listing an event is not an indication that we are sponsoring or endorsing the event.

Farmers’ Markets

Lane County Farmers Market
Tuesday 10am-3pm
Saturday 9am to 3pm
8th and Oak,
Downtown Eugene

Thursday 2pm-6 pm
5th Street Public Market
296 E 5th Street, Eugene Oregon

Sprout Regional Food Hub
Fridays, 3pm-7pm, year round
418 A Street, downtown Springfield
Accepts Oregon Trail (SNAP), WIC and Senior Coupon

The Corner Market
Wednesdays, noon to 6pm, year round
295 River Road, near Chambers Street bridge

Hideaway Bakery Market
Saturdays, 9am-2pm, year round
3377 East Amazon, behind Mazzi’s Restaurant

Cottage Grove Growers Market
Saturdays, 9am-6pm, year round
12th & Main Street
Accepts Debit & Credit cards, Oregon Trail (SNAP) WIC and Senior Coupons

 

Local Organizations

Willamette Farm And Food Coalition
Support this great organization.

Weston A. Price Foundation Potluck

What: A monthly potluck in Eugene (and other locales) to foster discussion and understanding of traditional healing foods used by long-lived and healthy societies. Based on researched gathered by Weston A Price, DDS.
Who: Weston A. Price Foundation, Eugene Chapter
When: Held second Monday of each month, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Rotates among members’ homes. Email Lisa at info@krautpounder.com for current location and to get newsletters of activities.
Cost: Bring a Weston A. Price Traditional-Style dish to share.
More Information: Lisa at info@krautpounder.com

Victory Gardens

What: Ongoing edible planting events providing an opportunity to volunteer in creating new gardens, developing edible forests, caring for existing gardens, making compost and meeting like-minded gardening folks.
Who: Victory Garden Team
When: call 541-653-0149
Where: 505 River Road, Eugene
Cost: free

More information: victorygardensforall@gmail.com or call Charlotte 541.653.0149

Slow Money

What: Slow Money is a movement to organize investors and donors to steer new sources of capital to small food enterprises, organic farms, and local food systems.
Who: Slow Money South Willamette Valley
When: Always meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Location and more details To Be Announced

More information: Financing our Foodsheds by Carole Peppe Hewett, who started Slow Money North Carolina.

Contact:   slowmoneywv@gmail.com

Meet One Of Our Sponsors–The Organically Grown Company

By Jackie Variano, Slow Food member and Special Contributor
This article is part of a series highlighting our sponsors’ contributions to the community.

OGC  Although it’s now a part of our daily digest of words, in 1982 the word “organic” didn’t hold much weight, and definitely wasn’t part of the mainstream.

Enter the Organically Grown Company, which was started in 1982 as a growers’ cooperative to mitigate competition between struggling organic farmers.
“Bringing organic produce to the people” has become their unofficial slogan, according to Tonya Hayworth of OGC.

“We are not your typical produce distributor-wholesaler,” says Hayworth.

“We are actively involved in environmental and agricultural politics and walk the talk of sustainability. OGC works to not only be a player in the discussion about the big issues.  We are committed to pushing ourselves to always do more, be more, expect more-in terms of our values, the values of our growers and customers.”

They source 35 percent of their products directly from PNW farms, and contribute to Slow Food’s goal of good, clean, and fair in a number of ways.

“Organically Grown and Slow Food are very much aligned through the basic fundamentals of our business structures.  OGC is an employee and grower owned organization that prides itself on not taking the easy road with everything from grower relations to distribution,” says Hayworth.

They’ve partnered with B-Line delivery in Portland in order to still access smaller, centrally located customers through a cleaner transportation model.
In addition, they’ve made great strides to give back to communities.

“Since 2005, we have purchased our bananas exclusively from Organics Unlimited GROW program, resulting in almost $700,000 contributed back to the communities where the fruit is grown.  We contribute at least 2.5% of our previous year’s profits to 501c-3 non-profit organizations that are also in alignment.  Our efforts towards a more sustainable food system are continual,” says Hayworth.

How can you support OGC? Let us count the ways.
“Buying organic (& LADYBUG brand) produce is a wonderful direct way to support our business, but our involvement in the communities we serve and the organic trade expands well beyond that.”

“We host many events including our big, biennial Organicology conference, Organically Grown in Oregon Week and more that folks can be a part of. We are very active in political efforts to keep our food supply, farmland, water, seed, food safety and so many other issues and appreciate everyone that takes the time to write a congressman and vote on these topics.”

And no matter how big OGC’s world view is, they always honor their commitment to small and local.

“Our customer base has evolved at the same time we see many larger scale growers transitioning to organic growing practices. We see balance in that equation through staying strong to our roots; we still work with many very small scale growers and deliver to many of the same small Co-Ops and Independent Retailers that we did when the company was formed,” she says.

Be sure to find OGC through social media channels like Twitter and Facebook to be kept up with all events and news.