Urban Farming and Climate Change

Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Portland has a burgeoning urban farming culture but with concerns about soil pollution, neonicotinoids, and climate change there is more to it than just building a couple of raised beds on the curb!

We've invited speakers from the Soil Not Oil Coalition, Bee Friendly Portland, and PSU to talk with the public about:
What urban farmers in the metro area of Portland are producing. Under which circumstances and with what resources? And of course, what are the challenges?

Learn more at soilnotoilcoalition.org, http://www.urbanfood.org/, and Bee Friendly Portland

Nathan McClintock is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, where he researches urban agriculture and food systems. He has worked in the field of sustainable agriculture for nearly two decades in a variety of capacities in the US, Canada, and in several countries in the Global South: as a professor, student, Peace Corps volunteer, agricultural extensionist, researcher, journalist, food policy council member, farm hand, and farm manager. He received a PhD in geography from UC Berkeley and a MS in agro-ecology from North Carolina State.

Jen Davis: Bee Friendly Portland – KBOO, Jen Davis raises native bees and teaches classes about them throughout the North West. She is founder of Bee Friendly Portland, an organization focused on working at a neighborhood level to educate the public about ways to support and protect our threatened pollinators. Currently, she also serves on the KBOO Community Radio Board of Directors. Jen lives in Portland, OR, where she grows 16 kinds of fruits and many of her family’s vegetables in her urban yard.

Miguel Robles is the Co-Founder/Project Director of Biosafety Alliance, he was the main organizer of the annual Justice Begins with Seeds Conference and was the core organizer of the 2015 Soil Not Oil International conference. He has founded several organizations and launched campaigns of great social impact. For years he has hosted a weekly educational radio program in Spanish at a commercial radio station in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area in which he educates about urban farming, sustainability, environmental & food issues. He has been living in Portland for 3 years.

Courtney Rae is Bark's Community Organizer. Courtney arrived in Portland four days later than planned after the beauty of Mt. Hood National Forest drew her off on a spontaneous trail seeking detour. Originally from east of the Mississippi, Courtney comes to Bark with five years of environmental advocacy with Environment Oregon and Columbia Riverkeeper. As Bark’s Community Organizer she is excited to engage Portland’s urban population in protecting Mt. Hood. In her off time you’ll find her in a hammock reading or biking around town. Prefered pronoun: she/her