This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of Portland’s best cooking teachers and Slow Food national board chair Katherine Deumling. She is only teaching one public cooking class this fall and it is this coming Saturday Nov 10th from 2-4pm at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego. The focus of the class is cooking with all the beautiful local winter veggies that we grow here. Learn how to make a variety of dishes illustrating simple and inspiring ways to enjoy the winter season produce. The class offers opportunities for participation, interaction and lots of tasting, so bring your questions about winter produce and come cook with us!!
Get more info and sign up for the class HERE.
Wanted to let folks know about another great class being offered by the OSU Small Farms Team: Integrating Pigs into a Diverse Small Farm Operation
- When: Wed Aug 22nd from 1-6pm
- Where: Corbett, OR.
More info here.
Hope you can join us for the Open House & Potluck Dinner at the Woodstock Community Center!!
When: Sat March 31st, 5-7pm
Where: Woodstock Community Center, 59o5 SE 43rd
What: Potluck & Open House – Bring your favorite dish and the recipe to share if you’d like. Hang out with friends and neighbors and enjoy heavenly harp music. Beverages & tableware provided
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Woodstock Community Center. You can download the poster here
This Sat Nov 5th is the In Your Farm Share Cooking Class at Luscher Farm. It will be taught by Allen Doty, head chef at Riccardos Ristorante. You don’t need to be a CSA member to participate – everyone is welcome. This is a perfect opportunity to learn some new strategies for cooking locally & seasonally. You’ll go home with great recipes & techniques – especially for using all those winter veggies!!
If you care about great local food, enjoy walking to farmers markets and eating at neighborhood restaurants then please speak up and tell Metro that now is not the time to expand the Urban Growth Boundary! You can go directly to the Metro Opt-In Panel, join the group and they will email you the UGB survey. Or go to 1000 Friends of Oregon for more information and follow the links to see what else you can do to help. Good jobs and great communities already exist inside the current UGB so lets spend our limited infrastructure dollars here rather than paving more farmland!!
The Lake Oswego City Council will discuss the Luscher Farm Master Plan this Tuesday July 12th at 6pm in Council Chambers, 380 A Ave. This is a work session so there will be no public testimony, but a good turnout is still essential to let the councilors know there is widespread support for the farm. The staff report is available here.
The City of Lake Oswego is working on a Master Plan for Luscher Farm, but the current draft plan would build parking lots & two new artificial turf fields on the organic farm. If you want farming to continue at Luscher Farm please let the City know by filling out a quick online comment card before Sunday July 10th. If Luscher Farm is to continue to provide fresh local produce to the community then THE FARM NEEDS TO STAY WHERE IT IS NOW – on great farmland that has been improved by years of organic production. The draft master plan proposes to relocate farming to the east side of the property (#18 on the map), but these fields are steep, wet & ill-suited for year-round organic vegetable farming.
Other issues that have been raised by the community about the Luscher Farm Master Plan include…
- The study that is being used to substantiate current need for additional sports fields is over 10 years old.
- No analysis has been published to evaluatealternative sites in the community for additional sports fields.
- Lack of consideration for potential costs
- No sustainability analysis of the plan using The Natural Step
- Concerns about zoning
- The open space above Hazalia Field that is reserved for a golf driving range (#24 on the map)
What You Can Do…
- Take a moment to complete the online survey before Sunday July 10th!!
- Spread the word!! Forward this email to your friends & neighbors and encourage them to fill out the survey too. Post your concerns to facebook.
- Write a letter to the editor for the Lake Oswego Review or Oregonian.
- Come to the City Council Hearing on July 12th to support the farm.
Luscher Farm is an incredible regional resource so your comments are important even if you don’t live in Lake Oswego.
If you want FARMING to continue at Luscher Farm speak up now – before it’s too late!!
We had a great group of folks out to the farm yesterday and we really appreciate all their help! The volunteers put in a total of 31 hours and had a great time making flash tape flags and planting. If you want to come help us out at the farm check here for upcoming volunteer opportunities.