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MOFGA fair hosts big-name food and farm revolutionaries

In a frank essay published on her blog a few years back, author, farmer, and Radical Homesteader Shannon Hayes came clean about what she dubbed "a new cadre of women — the Über-Moms. We are the over-educated over-achievers, sidestepping the conventiona
Common Ground
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 07, 2012

Review: Farmageddon

Ah, yes, another fine documentary about how low the US government will go to protect corporate monsters at the expense of your health.
The good guys are still knee deep in cow shit, so to speak
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2011

Don't help DeCoster

Thank you for your recent article regarding GOP representative Dale Crafts's outrageous bill that would absolve Jack DeCoster's factory farms of requirements to pay minimum wage and overtime to their workers, and allow collective bargaining.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, May 6, 2011

Get a glimpse of Open Waters' Farms and Fables project

Last summer, four theater artists experienced a rather different kind of arts residency: They spent months on three local farms, planting, weeding, and talking with farm workers.
Planting seeds for the future
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 08, 2011

Year in Greenview

While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

Gift Guide 2010: 'Tis the season for indoor bounty

When a small winter market was set up at AS220 three years ago, no one could foresee how that would generate the large and bountiful Wintertime Market in the Hope Artiste Village the following year.
Winter wonderlands
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2010


Does the local food movement really work?

Providence cultural center AS220's panel discussion series Action Speaks! continues with a look at the "local food" movement.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 08, 2010

Fall Food Preview: Okay, Vacationland, it's our turn

Goodbye tourists. Goodbye school children. Thanks for spending this gorgeous summer with us and keeping our restaurants and businesses thriving. We know your dough keeps many of us employed, but, frankly, we’re ready for some distance.
Enjoy peak harvest without the crowds
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  September 17, 2010

What a prick!

Saint Valentine, it is said, would pick the violets that grew outside his prison cell window. The third-century martyr would write little notes of love on the violets' leaves with ink that he made from the flowers' petals.
The not-so-pretty secrets of the pretty-flower business.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 12, 2010