By Jessica Miller
August 12th, 2014
Food: The Next Generation
Nearly 60% of all people operating small farms in the US are 55 years of age or older, and quickly approaching retirement. The “graying” of farmers, combined with the fact that fewer young people are entering the field, poses challenges for the future of small farms, and questions about who will grow our food in the future.
But let us look forward with hope! Join People’s, Alberta, and Food Front to explore Food: the Next Generation. We’ll make visits to small urban farms run by enthusiastic younger people with fresh perspectives and dedication to food and community building. We’ll also visit urban garden education sites teaching youth to grow and prepare wholesome foods, and maybe, just maybe, plant the seeds for a new generation of farmers!
The places we will visit on the tour:
Grow Portland , The Side Yard Farm, Our Table Cooperative Farm and Learning Gardens Lab
Questions we’ll explore:
How does urban farming contribute to a healthy, diverse food system?
Who benefits from urban farming, and how so?
What challenges do small urban farms face? What strategies are used to meet those challenges?
As Portland community members, how can we support the urban farm movement in our city??
How are garden-based education sites teaching students and youth about food?
In what ways are these sites successful? What are the challenges?
As Portland community members, how can we support these programs?
Saturday, August 23
Busses depart from People’s Food Cooperative: 3029 SE 21st Portland, OR 97202
8:30-9:00: Sign in and breakfast for attendees
9:00 Get seated on bus and take attendance
9:45-12:30ish: Farm Visits
~12:30: Lunch catered by Food Front Hillsdale's deli
1:30-4:30: Farm visits
5:30pm: Busses return to People’s
$30 for Adults, $20 for youth ages 14 & under. Lunch and transportation included.
Questions? email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 503-222-5658 ext. 133
To purchase tickets, download and complete the registration form here and bring it to a Food Front cashier to pay and reserve your spot. Or, pick up the form from your cashier.