Saturday, August 08, 2009


Third Annual One Field Meal: Mexican Barbacoa at Deck Family Farm!

Lamb, Goat, and Beef-All In One Meal-All From One Field Meal--August 30, Deck Family Farm

Slow Food Eugene's Third Annual One Field Meal will feature a heritage meal from our neighbors South of the Border. The meal will be truly delicious and the company (you and your friends) will make it even better. We are expecting a large crowd so get your tickets early.

Brendan Mahaney of Belly Restaurant will be preparing barbacoa. For those unfamiliar with this traditional Mexican repast, get ready for a taste treat. Barbacoa features whole lamb, whole goat, and cabeza de vaca beef cooked underground on embers and hot rocks over a cauldron of carrots, celery and onions. There will also be side salsas, mole, home made organic corn tortillas, short ribs, and other taste delights. We'll be sending you a complete menu as soon as its available.

Our friends at High Pass Winery and Ninkasi Brewing Co. will provide wine and beer for an additional charge.

Our special guest this year is Jorge Navarro. Jorge owned one of our favorite restaurants some years back, Navarro's. He will be on hand every step of the way to make sure this year's event is the best ever.

We can't celebrate without music. Kelly Thibodeaux and Acoustic Etoufee will bring New Orleans foot stomping swamp rock to the One Field Meal. We had a chance to book Kelly for this event and couldn't miss the opportunity, even if we have to mix French and Hispanic cultures. Once our hands are clapping, no one is going to mind.

Bring your kids. This is an event for the entire family. Kelly will bring his kid-sized fiddles and ask them to join in. Everyone will be invited to walk through the garden and see the Deck's animals. Please be aware that this is a working farm and you will have to supervise the kids that you bring along.

Important Details:

Where: Deck Family Farm, 25362 High Pass Rd., Junction City, OR 97448 ( directions )

Date: Sunday, August 30

Time: 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

$25 adults, $5 kids;
Tickets are available at Long's Meat Market , 81 E. 28th Ave., Eugene,Newman's Fish Co., 1545 Willamette St, Eugene, Newman's Grotto on Coburg Road, 485 Coburg Rd., Eugene, and Brown Paper Tickets .

Volunteers Needed:

Want to enhance the fun? We need volunteers to make this event a success. So please below for a list of jobs that you can help out with. Email and to sign up for extra fun by helping with the event at the Farm.

Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Digging or helping assemble the barbacoa pits-Saturday, August 29
  • Table set up and decor-Sunday afternoon
  • Greeting table (checking tickets) 3:30 to 5:00 on Sunday
  • Serving food-5:00 on Sunday
  • Food Prep Saturday
  • Food Prep Sunday afternoon at 3:00
  • Parking coordination/direction
  • Serving wine and beer (requires OLCC permit)
Many thanks to Janice Durkee and Diana Nagai for design of this year's beautiful poster. Help spread the word by putting up a poster at your workplace, school, or community center. Printable PDFs: 8.5x11 8.5.17

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Monday, February 05, 2007


School Garden Project partnership

School gardens are a major initiative for Slow Food USA, and Slow Food Eugene has a long-running partnership with the School Garden Project of Lane County. From the SGP website:

The School Garden Project provides the following services for local schools:

  • Teaching students in school gardens
  • Organizing garden work parties
  • Assisting with garden construction
  • Recruiting volunteers to help
  • Consulting on site choice and design
  • Organizing a garden committee
  • Advising on curriculum integration
  • Sponsoring teacher in-services and UO School Garden seminars
  • Obtaining donations of gardening materials from local businesses
  • Providing a lending library of gardening tools, books, and videos
  • Maintaining an email listserve and website
  • More >>

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    Food On - Farm to Cafeteria partnership

    Slow Food Eugene is proud to add the Willamette Food & Farm Coalition's Food On - Farm to Cafeteria program to our list of partner organizations. From the website:

    ......Food On - Farm to Cafeteria was created to promote locally produced foods in cafeterias of K-12 schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, and other institutions. We will offer schools and other institutions the tools to connect with farms though their own or other distributors, special event planning, promotional material, and community outreach. We help make the connections: helping communities, schools and private business understand that the bottom line involves more than just financial profits. The costs of tomorrow - long term health care costs, quality of life, food security and our local landscape must be accounted for in today's bottom line.

    ... As a project of the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, Food On wants to work in partnership with school districts, food service providers, parents, students, community members, farmers and food distributors to create the best possible Farm to Cafeteria program here in Lane County.... more >>


    Monday, November 27, 2006


    School Gardening & Dining (NPR story)

    This was a nice feature for Thanksgiving, 2006:

    Oregon School Cafeteria Makes It from Scratch


    Listen to this story...

    Third-grader Devina Boughton holds a carrot harvested from her school's garden.

    Third-grader Devina Boughton holds a carrot harvested from her school's garden. photo by Jane Greenhalgh NPR © 2006

    Morning Edition, November 23, 2006 · Thanksgiving is a time to savor good food, something you don't expect to find in a school cafeteria. In fact, most schools across the country serve reheated, premade food that is trucked in from central kitchens. Daily offerings are often uninspiring: chicken sticks, macaroni and cheese, and pizza.

    But there is a move in some parts of the country to bring real cooking back to school kitchens. Last year, Abernathy Elementary School in Portland, Ore., bought a second-hand stove and a big mixer and started cooking all its food from scratch... more>>

    Check out the recipes for Pumpkin and Sage Risotto & "Last of Summer" Provencale Soup.

    Related story: Kids' Nutrition and the Trickle-Up Effect

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    Sunday, September 04, 2005


    School Garden & Urban Farm event, Sept 25

    Join Slow Food Eugene and the School Garden Project for a Garden Tour & Fall Harvest Potluck
    Sunday, September 25, 2005

    This is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about the efforts of our wonderful educational institutions to support home grown foods. We start at Parker Elementary School for a demonstration and talk from Sharon Blick, coordinator of the Parker Eastside Garden Project.

    We then drive to the University of Oregon's urban farm. Lori Nelson and Ann Bettman will take us on a tour and describe the Landscape Architecture Department's farm. This hidden gem is located near the mill race.

    1-2 pm Sharon Blick, the executive director of the School Garden Project, will give a tour of the school garden at Eastside school. The school is located at 38th and Potter.

    2-4 pm Ann Bettman, the director of the Urban Farm, will give a brief history of the farm. Lorri Nelson, the President of the School Garden Project will share even more about the great gardens started in Lane County Schools. Directions: Franklin Blvd. to light at Onyx Street, turn north over the millrace. Park in university parking lots 2 (north of the duck pond), 3A or 3B-free on Sundays. Follow the signs to the Urban Farm, east of the parking lots, adjacent to the millrace. Do not park in lot 5A (south of the millrace) unless you have a permit.

    Please bring your own potluck dish, your own picnic supplies and beverages to the Urban Farm. Festivities will include a farm tour, apple pressing for apple cider, fruit cobbler for dessert and homemade ice cream.

    Ticket Price: $10.00 Members $12.00 Adult Non-Members

    Available at Newman’s Fish Market and Long’s Meat Market

    Cash and check only

    For more information regarding the School Garden Project go to

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