Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Livin' in the Blurbs: Summer Pursuits

Always dreamed of living on a little farm in the countryside, growing your own food and raising livestock but you just can't quite swing the logistics? Find out what three city-dwellers are doing to realize their dreams right in the middle of densely populated Portland. Slow Food Portland is sponsoring a family-paced, three-mile bike tour of three urban homesteads on June 28. Columbia Ecovillage will show off their cooperative farm, Glen Andersen will share his urban apiary and Harriet Fasenfest of Preserve will talk about householding and putting up food.

Details: Grow by Bike: An Urban Homesteading Bike Tour. Sunday, June 28, 9:30-noon; $5, tickets available online.

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It's all-organic, all the time at the North American Organic Brewers Festival at Overlook Park the weekend of June 26 through 29. It's bigger and better than ever this year, with 42 breweries from all over the globe bringing (at last count) 78 beers to this festival celebrating the goodness that is organic beer. In its fifth year, the beers will cover the gamut from pilsner to porter, amber ale to Belgian wit with plenty of Northwest India Pale Ales thrown into the mix. Don't miss it!

Details: North American Organic Brewers Festival. June 26-28; noon-9 pm Fri.-Sat., noon-5 pm Sun.; free, with $6 for participation in beer tasting and $1 a ticket for samples. Overlook Park, 1301 N. Fremont St. at the intersection with Interstate Ave.

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Gardening season has taken off at full speed, but you can still jump on the train with the great classes at Farmington Gardens in Beaverton. The instruction is geared to everyone from beginning gardeners to those with a few seasons under their belts, and they are totally free (though preregistration is encouraged), so check out the upcoming schedule:
  • July 18, 10 am: Creating a Children’s Garden with Kristien Forness, Landscape Designer
  • July 26, 1 pm: Succulent Container Gardens with Leah McDonald
  • August. 2, noon: Eating Seasonally from the Garden with Rose Marie Nichols McGee
  • August 15, 1 pm: Improving the Value of Your Home Through Landscaping with Vicki Burr and Ron Phillips
Details: Classes at Farmington Gardens. Free with preregistration. Farmington Gardens, 21815 SW Farmington Rd. Phone 503-649-4568.


lisa said...

Kathleen -- I keep meaning to send this to you ... but in the same vein as this article, one of my old pals, Danielle Kinder just started a great new biz -- The Good Jar -- monthly hands-on preserving and canning classes at a historic carriage house in Aurora featuring a different seasonal vegetable or fruit and recipe each month. See www.thegoodjar.com for more info. I'm going to try the June class!

kab said...

Wow! I'm assuming that's the same Danielle Kinder from the advertising world...congrats to her for seeing the light and doing something for GOOD instead of...well...advertising. I'm sure enjoying it!

Click here to go there.