design week portland

WATSON CREATIVE is hosting an Open House

Wednesday, Oct. 8th
4:00 to 7:00pm.
Suite 116
[take main lobby stairs and head right all the way back]

We’ll be pouring beer donated by local breweries, Ex Novo and Upright Brewing. Swing by to say hello… and even hop on a trampoline for your very own boom photo! We will render up the top 20 ideas voted by you.

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book launch party at the hive october 9!

You are invited …

Celebrate the publication of Bring Your Lunch!  by Califia Suntree

Date:
October 9, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at The Hive Suite 112

Featuring bites from the book, beer & wine, and an Introduction to Better Brown-Bagging!
All guests welcome. RSVP by October 5 to [email protected]

on its way

The Grand Opening of the Portland Steetcar Loop is September 21, 2012.  If you want to count down with me, that’s 175 days…

Leftbankers’ memory of the brutal Streetcar construction period gives way to building excitement about the coming streetcar.  During test runs last week we got a glimpse of Leftbank and Streetcar side by side.  Lovely!  (Thank you for the photo, Julie Gustafson.)  The first east side stop will be at Leftbank’s front door.

And for the record, Streetcar and Leftbank aren’t just coming together.  They’re coming together again.  The route that brings Streetcar right past the building is the rebuilding of the original Streetcar route on Broadway.  In looking for details about its original construction and removal,  came across this goldmine at pdxhistory.com.  Treat yourself to a few minutes of history and check out incredible photographs from the 1800s.  There are horse drawn streetcars, a photograph of a cable car, and you can see streetcars on the Alberta, the Mt. Scott, and Mt. Tabor lines.

FMYI Certified as a B Corporation

FMYI is the 25th Oregon company to be certified as a B Corporation for a commitment to using business to help change the world for better. B Lab, a nonprofit organization with the vision of creating a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, certifies B Corporations.

As a result of more companies joining the B Corporation movement, individuals will have greater economic opportunity, society will move closer to achieving a positive environmental footprint, more people will be employed in great places to work, and we will have built stronger communities at home and across the world.

“This is an exciting moment for us,” said Justin Yuen, FMYI Founder & President. “From our beginning almost seven years ago, FMYI has endeavored to be to be an enduring business with minimum ecological impact and maximum social value. Our B Corporation designation helps us scale our impact by joining other like-minded, innovative companies using business to bring about change.”

The certification affirms that FMYI meets rigorous and independent standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Lab’s independent Standards Advisory Council (SAC) sets the legal and performance standards that are required to become a B Corporation and oversees the evolution of those standards and the auditing of B Corporations. The legal and performance standards, as well as the members of the SAC, the Board, and the management team, are all transparent to the public on www.bcorporation.net.

MDiTV Presents the Hepatoblastoma Network

Raising cancer awareness is huge. The clerk at the grocery checkout will ask if you would like to round-up your purchase to donate to breast cancer awareness. At the bank you can find fliers to sign up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Turn on the TV and every third commercial is about a foundation that wants to make you aware. There are a myriad of campaigns for raising awareness; from leukemia to prostate cancer to adult liver cancer to skin cancer, etc. All these campaigns do great things for their respective fields. They generate millions of dollars that fund research which, in turn, betters the type of care the sufferers of these cancers receive.

But there are lesser known cancers out there. And because of their rarity they are either often misdiagnosed, or the treatment protocols are not fully figured out yet. MDiTV is focusing on one of those rare cancers — hepatoblastoma. Hepatoblastoma is a childhood liver cancer that effects about 11.2 children per million worldwide annually. It occurs most frequently in newborns with incidences drastically declining by age three. Protocols to fight it were developed in the early 70’s and have evolved little since. Currently, researchers are struggling to secure funds to advance treatments for patients diagnosed with the cancer. To help raise awareness and join the many voices of support out there already, MDiTV has built the Hepatoblastoma Network.

Beyond raising awareness, the website serves as a community for parents of children with hepatoblastoma. The website offers interviews with medical professionals and researchers, information on symptoms, treatments and a detailed look at the liver. Parents are encouraged to share their child’s story with each other and there is also a Wiki that can be updated by the community. The Hepatoblastoma Network intends to be a place where people can learn more about this rare cancer and grow as a support network.

Beer release party

Please join us at the brewery September 24th from 4:30 – 9 pm for a special bottle release party featuring our newest beer which we’ve left nameless and style-less and open to the interpretation of the thinking man yobs.  Local beer writer and enthusiast Abe Goldman-Armstrong will be in charge of the record player all night playing classic punk records before this beer gets lost in the supermarket.

In addition to this latest release we will be pouring a single cask firkin of our Four with an addition of juiced rhubarb grown by our good friend Ron Boesl. Look for other special taps and snacks as well. Also available will be a limited run of new t-shirts featuring the bottle artwork:

lager

grilling for good

The Holy Day of Barbecue will soon be upon us. Are you looking to shake it up, get out from behind the grill, and do something different this year? How about joining us for our Build a Burger fundraiser BBQ at the King Market on Sunday, July 4th between 11-1? Build a Burger will feature market-fresh burgers (and Tofurky for the veggies among us) with all the fixin’s, courtesy of market vendors and area businesses. All proceeds from the scrumptious event benefit Foodshare Fund Northeast, a market money matching program for SNAP recipients (SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) who shop the King Portland Farmers Market.

Find out more about Build a Burger here and our market money match programs here.

See you at the market!

Learn a little, give a little, grow a little

For the last couple of years, Portland Farmers Market has been delving into the question of food equity, examining the role we can play in getting farm-fresh produce into the hands of our neighbors who need it most. In 2009, this work took the form of a new “market money” matching program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) recipients shopping our King Portland Farmers Market. Created by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and managed by a team of dedicated volunteers, Foodshare Fund Northeast provided a dollar for dollar match up to $5 per week for customers who use EBT cards at the market. In 2010, the match has increased to $10 per week.

The inaugural year of Foodshare Fund Northeast resulted in a significant increase in the number of EBT cardholders shopping the market, from 1% of all shoppers at the beginning of the 2009 market season, to 5% of shoppers by season’s end. This encouraging news tells us that everyone values access to fresh produce, not just those who are most able to afford it. Nutrition incentive programs such as the Foodshare Fund are helping us grow healthier individuals, healthier families, and a healthier community for all our citizens.

Foodshare Fund Northeast was the inspiration for Fresh Exchange, a similar matching program launched this year at our Buckman Market in southeast Portland. Fresh Exchange provides a dollar for dollar match up to $5 for shoppers using EBT cards at the market. Fresh Exchange was initiated by members of the Portland Business Alliance’s Leadership Portland program in collaboration with Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition. Like Foodshare Fund Northeast, Fresh Exchange is managed by committed volunteers and funded solely by local individuals and businesses, including founding support from the Portland Trail Blazers, Wells Fargo, and Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, P.C.

Both matching programs are actively fundraising to ensure a solid endowment for this season and beyond. To that end, check out this series of upcoming garden workshops at the Buckman Market to benefit Fresh Exchange. The workshops will tell you everything you need to know to get on your gardening way, beginning with an overview of seeding, planting and watering this Thursday, June 3, from 5:30-6:30. Registration is encouraged but not required. Drop by the market and join us.

Click here to learn more about Foodshare Fund Northeast and Fresh Exchange, including how you can help us sustain these valuable programs.

See you at the market!

big week for the market

We are looking ahead to a busy week in the food world. With three markets opening, the Portland Farmers Market office is buzzing, the totes are flying, and the market maps are being finalized. Check our our latest blog entry for all the details.

See you at the market!

EverGreen launches!

The EverGreen cat is officially out of the bag. Our EverGreen composting and recycling campaign got a nice write up today in The Oregonian’s PDX Green column. Read more here and join us at the market tomorrow to see it all in action.

When you stop by the market this weekend, look for the multitude of Earth Day celebration activities happening, including make your own toothpaste and deodorant workshops with Create Plenty, an egg carton creatures activity for kids, hosted by Song Garden Preschool and make your own market kit, hosted by PFM volunteers. Season sponsor COUNTRY Financial will also be on hand distributing reusable tote bags to our produce loving shoppers. Mayor Sam Adams will cap off the celebration with a public launch of EverGreen at 11:30am. It promises to be a day chock full of good food, good community, and good fun.

See you at the market!