Over the years, neighbors in the Foster area have come together to show what can get accomplished if we all chip in. Social fundraising and organizing platforms such as Kickstarter or Fundly provide a platform for people with more ideas than money to make a pitch to get “investors” on board.
So far, the Foster hoods have made an admirable try at these opportunities. Check out some great examples of neighbors coming together, pitching in a few bucks, and making great things happen. (more…)
I like good food. And I like deals. What I really like are good deals on great food. So in my quest for better food at a better value, I bring you the food buying club.
Surely you’ve heard about food buying clubs. They’re usually organized with one or more homes being the locavore hub. Others join as members, and everyone goes in on large orders of bulk food. Usually the kind that costs an arm and a leg in the grocery. Key words being organic, grass-fed, local, farm-fresh, but that’s no requirement.
What I’d like to do is provide enough information so that if you’ve ever been curious or interested in getting food through these avenues, a few of the “but what about…”s are already taken care of.
First off, the when, where and how much. There are more than a dozen organized food buying clubs slinging the mega orders of quinoa and collards throughout Portland. One of the closest to us is Lents Grocery, just blocks off Foster in Lents. Currently housed in one of its organizers house, all extra funding raised through orders (5% added to purchase cost) goes towards the future creation of a brick-and-mortar Lents Grocery store.
Although I mentioned that food buying clubs are usually run out of someone’s house, a few have now or are planning on transitioning into food co-operatives, such as Know Thy Food (storefront on SE 12th ave in the Brooklyn neighborhood), the Montavilla Food Co-op (in the store planning stages) and Lents Grocery. (more…)
Get an early start on your Halloween celebrations this Friday at Mt. Scott Community Center’s Halloween Carnival. The evening promises a haunted house, crafts, facepainting, creative costume prizes, bounce houses, bingo, indoor park & family swim. The carnival is from 6-8 p.m. and it’s $3 per person or 4 canned food goods per person. Or tap yourself into an IPA pint while listening to Crooked Toad over at N.W.I.P.A. or singing karaoke at Dusty’s Bar and Grill.
I must have been busy when the Willamette Week released the 2012/13 edition of the Finder a couple months ago. If you’re not familiar with the Finder, it’s a glossy magazine “Guide to Portland.” The Willamette Week has been putting these together for years, and they serve as a good introduction to what’s hip in Portland. When friends move to Portland I usually throw a Finder at them to help them get up to speed. (more…)
Normally we send out our weekend notices on Friday, but this weekend is so packed we wanted to give you time to prepare mentally and physically for the onslaught of Foster-Goodness that is about to happen. If you know of other activities going on this weekend let us know and we’ll add ‘em, but honestly, we’re not sure if we can handle anymore Kick-Ass. (more…)