Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Sweet Briar Farms on Martha Stewart

Congrats to local farmer Keith Cooper (Sweet Briar Farms), who got a call in December asking for a rush shipment of his Duroc heritage-breed premium leaf lard for a lard rendering demonstration on the Martha Stewart show!


Thursday, January 18, 2007


Small Farms Conference at OSU, Feb 17

FYI from Linda Brewer, Oregon State University Small Farms Program. Please pass this along to farmers & any other interested parties. Best,


The 7th annual Extension Small Farms Conference is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2007, from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The one-day conference will be held on the Corvallis campus of Oregon State University at the LaSells Stewart Center. The keynote speaker, Dr. Marion Nestle of New York University, will examine what individuals, agribusiness, and the government can do to build a better food system Lucy Norris, of the Hartman Group, Inc. is the capnote speaker and will focus on understanding consumers. Find registration materials on-line at: <> or call the Benton County Extension Office at 541-766-3556 or toll free at 1-800-365-0201.

The conference includes 9 concurrent sessions, covering a range of topics of interest to growers who market their production directly to the public, for farmers’ markets managers, and for community food advocates.

· Novel Crops for Niche Marketing
· Women and Small Farms: Exploring an Oregon Women’s Agriculture Network
· Soil Fertility Management
· Farm to Cafeteria: How Small Farms Can Sell to Big Institutions
· Farmers’ Markets: Finding Your Best Fit
· Explore Diverse Direct Marketing Opportunities
· Conversation with Marion Nestle
· Organizing Community Support for Local Agriculture
· Debit and Food Stamp Electronic Programs: What You Should Know

Pre-registration is $30 or $50 for two registering together, and includes lunch; $40 at the door.

This event is sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service; Oregon Department of Agriculture; Wait and Lois Rising Lectureship Fund and Department of Horticulture, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences; Western SARE; Extension Family and Community Development Program, OSU College of Health and Human Sciences.

Linda J. Brewer
Faculty Research Assistant
Extension Small Farms Program

Oregon State University
203 Ballard Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-3549

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Annual Meeting, Tuesday January 30, 7 pm

It's Time for Slow Food Eugene's Annual Meeting

Here are the details:

DATE: January 30, 2007
TIME: 7 pm
PLACE: Eugene Water & Electric Board Community Room (500 East 4th Avenue, Eugene)

Let's get Slow Food Eugene off to a great start in 2007! The annual meeting is the best place for members to weigh in on the direction of the organization for the coming year. At our meeting, we will:

  • Elect officers (We are looking for candidates to serve as Secretary, Public Relations Coordinator, and Events Coordinator.)
  • Brainstorm and select events for the coming year
  • Present our annual gift to the School Garden Project
  • Discuss additional ideas for social action
  • Hear about Terra Madre 2006 from our own delegates

Anyone interesting in becoming an leader of Slow Food Eugene should contact Tom Barkin. His contact information is listed below.

Here are some of the events that we held in 2006:

  • Cheese potluck
  • Pasta making at Pasta Plus
  • Pizza making class and tour of Hideaway Bakery
  • Pot luck dinner featuring the foods of Greece, Turkey, and the countries of the former Yugoslavia
  • A potluck book group talking about our favorite food oriented books
  • A day at Sweetwater Farm and Nursery
  • The Slow Sunday Dinner fund raiser prepared by chefs from Iraila, Koho Bistro, Marche, and Adam's Place

Slow Food Eugene also had informational booths at the Eugene Saturday Market, Oregon Truffle Festival, and the KLCC Garden Tour.

The annual meeting is a Slow Food event, so that means we eat. If you are inclined, bring a dozen cookies or other snack to share. Copies of recipes are appreciated. We'll supply the coffee and beverages.

Nonmembers, particularly those considering joining Slow Food, are welcome to attend the annual meeting, although they cannot vote.

If you can't come to the meeting, but still want to offer some suggestions for 2007 activities, volunteer to join the leader committee, or volunteer to help out on an event, send an email to Tom Barkin at

For those preferring the telephone, call Tom at 541-343-2619.

Visit our web site for more information.

Slow Food Eugene | 2190 Charnelton Street | Eugene | OR | 97405


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