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From city to farm: an alternative spring break

A group of strangers had the good fortune of spending our Spring Break together on a service-learning trip organized by Student Leaders for Service (SLS). As participants in one of three Alternative Spring Break (ASB) programs, we travelled throughout Northern California working on organic farms and tracing the food supply lines back to the city.

A tour of Portland’s greenest: coffee, basketball, beer

Coffee. Basketball. Beer. Portland has a lot of great things to offer, but these are three of our best. Mix in a ride on the Streetcar, and you have yourself a true Portland experience. As part of the Oregon Higher Education Conference last week, I led a group of students and staff from three different Oregon universities on a tour featuring three of Portland’s greenest local businesses. And, of course, we did it all by public transit.

Giving thanks with indigenous traditions and first foods

As part of PSU's Social Sustainability Month, I worked with the SLC’s Food Systems Task Force to organize an event called Thanks Giving: A Celebration and Exploration of Indigenous Traditions and the First Foods, which highlighted the significance of healthy, local food and the role it can play in healing our relationship to the land.

Fair Trade trick or treat

After more than a month of recruiting, planning, orienting, and overall just getting pumped up, the EcoReps are ready to introduce ourselves to the rest of campus. And, in the spirit of Halloween, we’ll be launching our efforts with a Fair Trade trick or treat event!

What did you do with your summer?

This summer, I decided to do something drastic. Something I had never really considered before—I took summer classes! And I do not regret it one bit. I took a class called Oregon Farmscapes—a four-day adventure as we circumnavigated Mt. Hood and the Portland metro region to investigate agricultural issues in our great state of Oregon.

Organic outlaws, part III

Teetering on the edge of graduation—once thought of as a spring board to opportunity, now considered the edge of a vast precipice—I had to ask myself, why? Why was I in Nevada City living in a tent for two weeks?

Organic outlaws, part II

Woke up this morning after a night of foot scratching; my legs and feet are pretty bitten up by insects, and throughout the night I was convinced that scratching the heck out of them was the only way to find relief. I asked Tim what the plan for the day was, and he mentioned the Wednesday Work Party.

Organic outlaws, part I

What can farming teach us about the world? About ourselves? About each other? I’m on a mission to find out.

Sustainable farming innovations

Would a cow be the first image to pop into your mind when you think of sustainable farming? Not likely. But what if that cow wasn’t the normal feedlot cow, but instead represented the grassland cattle that are raised by ranchers like Corey Carman from Carman Ranch?

Bringing farmworkers to the table

Since 1985, PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste) has been advocating for the rights of Oregon farmworkers. Current President Ramon Ramirez recently visited Portland State University during a student organized event for Farmworker Awareness Week, a nationwide recognition of the ongoing struggle of farmworkers across the United States.