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Here is a great video about their work with the Salem Keiser School District: https://vimeo.com/125738941
You can find these details and more on Ecotrust's website: https://ecotrust.org/project/farm-to-school/
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If you are an artist and would like an opportunity to exhibit at your co-op, click here for more info.
We all had a blast hosting the Slabtown Festival this year and can't wait to see you all next year! Thank you everyone who came out for the event!
Here is a great video put together by Guy Bodin about the event too. Click HERE to view video.
First stop on the tri-co-op farm tour was Flying Cow Dairy! They have 22 dairy cows and produce approx 3 gallons each per day. This is in contrast to a typical large production dairy that tries to get 11 gallons per cow per day. Because of the care they receive, they are able to produce for 14 yrs before retiring them to the fields to raise the babies as grandmothers! Typical dairies have their cows in production for 4 yrs and then they sell them off for meat. These gals are all grass fed and pasture raised. The babies get to stay with their mamas in the field too!
The next stop was Our Table Cooperative! This farm is operating on biodynamic principles and caring for the entire ecosystem by operating within it to grow a wide variety of crops and animals working in harmony together to strengthen the land. They are cooperatively owned by their farmers, workers and consumers, making them very unique in the world of agriculture. And lunch was Amazing!!!
Final stop on the farm tour was J. Christopher winery. Jay and Ronda Somers grow their grapes in the old world style of dry growing so the vines have to grow deep to get ground water and provide a much more complex flavor. This biodynamic winery is one to look out for! They are heading into harvest about a month early this year due to the long hot summer we have had and are also breaking ground on a new tasting room to be open next summer. Their wines are amazing!
What better way to welcome kids back to school after their winter break than with an immune boosting citrus tasting! Food Front was thrilled to visit to Hayhurst, Maplewood, Rieke, and Capitol Hill Elementary schools near our Hillsdale neighborhood and we had a blast! We brought out 6 different varieties of citrus for the kids to taste and find some new favorites. Many of the schools asked the kids to vote on their favorites and those results were brought back to the classroom for math and science lessons. We of course also took the opportunity to promote our co-op and invite the kids to bring their parents to our in-store citrus tasting weekend which was held on January 18th & 19th.
Congratulations to our 2016 Sustainable Community Award winners!! These folks were nominated by Food Front staff and voted on by you, our customers!
Packaged Vendor - Pirate Bread
Farmer - Deep Roots Farm
Community Partner - Sisters of the Road
Wild Carrot Herbals Strawberry &
"Made with local berries! Smells exactly like those little super tasty Oregon strawberries we sell each summer."
Caitlan - NW Front End manager