Justin and friends are starting up an exciting project here in Portland and are looking for a bit of help with initial costs. Can you spare a few dollars that will go to feeding the neighborhood with organically grown produce? Their idea just might become an inspiration and spread like wildflowers throughout the land.
Hi I’m Justin Kertson. I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and two teenage kids, and I helped start a small group called the Cascadian Neighborhood Farm Guild. Our vision is turn people’s yards into organic gardens and edible forests that will create community within neighborhoods, help make neighborhoods self-sufficient, and provide an excess of food that can be given to those who are in need.
By contributing to this campaign you are not only helping us transform people’s yards into gardens. You are also helping create sustainable communities, and you are helping feed people who are economically displaced and can’t afford to eat quality, fresh organic produce.
What We Need & What You Get
In order to get our first urban farm up and running we need to raise money to get the resources needed to create and build the farm. We need seeds, plants, and soil; additional tools like shovels, saws, garden hoes, hoses, and wheel barrels; things like rain barrels, chickens, beekeeping equipment, and materials to build a chicken coop and run, garden boxes, a greenhouse or cold frames, etc. The expenses quickly add up, even for just one standard suburban residential property. Neither I nor anyone else will profit monetarily in anyway from this fundraiser. 100% of the money raised goes to build and maintain the gardens that will build community and feed people in need.
Those who donate to the campaign will receive one of a variety of Cascadia themed gifts ranging from stickers to hats to flags as a token of our deepest gratitude for your help in getting this project off the ground. No matter how much you give, you’ll have the pleasure of knowing you have people with food security issues get quality, fresh, local, organic food.
In the event that we do not reach our fundraising goal, any money that has been donated will still go towards the project. We will get what we can with whatever we have, and we will accomplish as much as we can given whatever funds we are able to obtain. Not reaching our goal may mean our timeline has to change as we find other ways of acquiring resources, but it doesn’t mean the project will not go forward.
By donating to this campaign you are not helping an entrepreneur start their company or invent some new product. You are helping to build community, sustainability, and self-reliance within neighborhoods. You are helping fight against food insecurity by helping to provide quality and nutritious food to those in need. You are not just helping another business venture, you are helping to improve neighborhoods and in our city, and you are making a difference in the lives of people who need it the most.
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can’t give money, you can help spread the word by using the indiegogo share tools post the links to this campaign in your social media.
Save the date!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 28-30
Following in the footsteps paved by the Planetary Repair Institute (2012) and Fostervillage (2013), Kailash Ecovillage will host this year’s event.
Tentative plans call for a similar format to the prior 2 year’s events:
Fri., Mar. 29th (6pm – 9:30pm)
Sat., Mar. 30 (8:30am – 9pm)
Sun., Mar. 31st (8:30am – 3:30pm)
All experience levels are welcome – from beginners to permaculture experts.
Permaculture is the conscious design of ‘cultivated’ ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty.
Continuing on the momentum of the first two years, this is a special opportunity for Permies and the permaculture-curious in SE to gather together, share knowledge and skills, make connections, and inspire one another in taking the next steps in growing a regenerative culture in SE Portland and beyond.
The weekend will begin on Friday, March 28th, with a vegan potluck dinner, after which we will plan the weekend organically based on what people are interested in discussing, presenting and contributing to the weekend. The format for the gathering will include discussion circles, presentations, skill-shares and hands-on projects. We will wrap up on Sunday afternoon after lunch with a next-steps session and closing circle.
Vegan meals will be provided over the course of the weekend, and we are asking for a $35 contribution. If cost is a prohibitive issue, please inquire about work-trade opportunities. Child-care options are undetermined at this moment.
Space will be limited, so please plan to reserve your place as soon as registration opens. (An announcement will follow soon.)
A weekend with Paul Cienfuegos presenting the workshop content, Laurence Cole leading singing and Kelly Hogan offering ‘games of dialogue’ using Theater of the Oppressed techniques.
April 4, 5 & 6 at Tryon Life Community Farm, Portland, OR
What is it that most deeply matters to you? What kind of town/landscape do you want to create for our children? For our grandchildren? We invite you to spend a weekend with us as we learn more effective ways to protect our local communities and the rest of the living world by learning about and exercising our inherent right to govern ourselves. Your voice is the carrier of what matters to you. Imagine using that voice to both speak and sing, as an empowered member of your local community.
Beginning in Pennsylvania, and now stretching across nine states from Maine to New Mexico, 160 communities have passed legally binding, locally enforceable Community Rights laws that for the first time in U.S. history enshrine the inherent right of a local majority of residents to protect the health and welfare of their local places. Each of these new-paradigm laws defines what the community wants, reins in corporate so-called “rights”, and stops legal but harmful corporate activity dead in its tracks.
By utilizing the Community Rights legal strategy, and by blending our voices with others, we actually CAN empower ourselves as citizens to achieve goals regarding water, air, energy, frack sand mining, cell phone towers, land & economic development, education, etc…
We the People really are more powerful than we dare to believe.
If you think of yourself as a non-singer who would be uncomfortable in the singing, know that you can just listen to others. You might then find yourself humming along, and maybe later, trying out one of the easy-to-learn parts that carries you into harmony with the group, contributing to a ‘whole that is greater than the parts’.
No previous experience or knowledge of any sort is necessary to attend. We hope you’ll join us!
For workshop details and payment options, please visit http://www.
Registration is required in advance. The fee for this workshop is a sliding scale between $100 and $300 depending on your means. Please choose a payment that honestly reflects your ability to financially support this event.
Our workshop leaders:
- Paul Cienfuegos has been leading workshops, giving public talks, and organizing local communities towards dismantling corporate rule and strengthening local democracy, since 1995 when he founded Democracy Unlimited in northern California. Now living in Portland, he co-founded Community Rights PDX in 2012, and the Oregon Community Rights Network in 2013. He continues to expand his life passion: to help communities near and far to rediscover their power to govern themselves. He has great faith in the inherent wisdom and capacity of everyone to strive for a better world. His talks have been broadcast nationally on Alternative Radio. More info at PaulCienfuegos.com.
- Laurence Cole is a choir director and composer from Port Townsend, Washington. A long time eco-villager and advocate for the whole natural community, Laurence is known for leading many kinds of groups into the power and convivial pleasure of group singing; an ancient human process for investing a space and a community with beauty, meaning, connection, and the cohesive motive force “that helps shy people get up and do what needs to be done.” More info at LaurenceCole.com.
- Kelly Hogan is a co-founder and preschool teacher at Mother Earth School. Her passions include teaching children and adults in an outdoor setting, utilizing a fusion of current, regenerative educational philosophies while weaving in her deep commitment to anti-oppression work. She has been attending Theater of the Oppressed trainings and researching topics of diversity and accessibility for the past 7 years. In July, 2013 she attended a Theater of the Oppressed facilitator training with the Mandala Center for Change and is now spearheading an effort toward creating a forum theater group for Portland educators.
Conflict is inevitable, especially within groups of people coming together with different value systems, and personal-working cultures. Conflict can be an opportunity to grow communication skills, group rapport and trust, and deepen our commitment to the shared work.
Or, it can be a painful, individual or group experience that ultimately dissolves the working relationships and impacts the efficacy or functionality of the shared work or the group itself. How does a group consciously choose the path of the former?
In this workshop we’ll use a restorative justice framework to explore and discuss how conflict within a group can be anticipated, contained, and transformed.
We’ll look at some common roots of group conflict including: abuse or misuse of power, the lack of strong intact pre-existing group relationships, difficulty in expressing needs, horizontal or lateral oppression, basic communication breakdown, lack of acquired tools, and/or inherited cultural shame about being involved with conflict.
I’ll offer some strategies for engaging the inevitability of conflict in groups before it begins to happen, as well as some clear basic tools for engaging it when it arises. This will involve examining word choice, reading body language and using our intuition to help guide interactions.
Voluntary pairs work, whole group discussion, arts and journaling, drama play, and role playing may all be part of this workshop based on the desire of the attendees and available timing.
Sliding scale: $30-60
I’m committed to making all of my educational opportunities as accessible as is possible and still earn a sustainable livelihood. Please contact me directly if the sliding scale is prohibitive for you and we’ll see what might be possible.
Rain Crowe draws from over 15 years of experience from her work as an educator, professional facilitator, process designer, and strategic visioning planner with political organizers, land-based intentional communities, spiritual groups, permaculture groups, and more. She teaches nationally about social permaculture/ecology, conflict transformation, magic and ritual, and about decolonizing and healing from the effects of Empire culture. She lives in intentional community in Portland, OR and is a regenerative culture events organizer. Additional resources are drawn from The Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision Making, The Empowerment Manual, Groupworks Pattern Language, and firsthand training from Starhawk, Lisa Fithian, Cynthia Jones of Diana’s Grove, Bill Aal of Tools for Change, and all the personal peer facilitators who help her to keep growing.
To Register please email email@example.com
(Registration is not being tracked through this event page.)
I am requesting a $15 non refundable donation per class to hold a place, with the balance due before or at class. Thank you.
Class size limited to 10 people.
The Cascadia Poetry Festival is an international event which seeks to bioregionally animate & culturally construct Cascadia by gathering writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself. On May 1-4, 2014, renowned and emerging poets from the region will present talks on Cascadian culture and illustrate how it is the best poetry of the region.
It will include:
- Presentations and Readings
- Workshops and Panel Discussions
- An 80+ person one night Beer Slam – 8 regional poets, sponsored by 8 regional breweries.
- Small Press Fair from publishers around the Pacific Northwest
Renowned and emerging poets from the region will discuss Cascadian culture and illustrate how that is presented in the best poetry of the region. Workshops will allow participants to hone their skills in the manner of the best poetry of the region and be inspired by others. Readings by faculty and other invited poets, morning panel discussions will extend the opportunities for deeper understanding of the subjects raised and Living Room is a daily (3-5pm) open and democratic reading where every poet can read their own work. A workshop by legendary BC poet Daphne Marlatt happens Friday, May 1 from 9a-1p and details are here. Thanks to Seattle University and Spring Street Center for being hosts.
On January 24th, Dr. Michael Yellow Bird will be sharing his research and methods using mindfulness in healing of intergenerational trauma due to colonization. This event is free and sponsored by the Cascadia Branch of PSU’s Environmental Club, the Speakers Board, The Indigenous Nations department and Cultural Centers.
At 6PM we will sit down to share a meal and at 7PM Dr. Yellow Bird presents.
The event will wrap up around 9PM. This is a free event. We hope you can make it. Come early to grab a seat, space is limited.
Jan. 24th, 2014
Multicultural Center (room 228), Smith Memorial Student Union, PSU
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
For more information contact Elona: illon AT pdx DOT edu
Thank you to all the amazing artists and writers, poets and wanderers who contributed to this issue. We certainly couldn’t have done it without you.
If you’d like to help see the next issue get to print, don’t forget to DONATE!
If you’d like to see your illustrations, writing, or poetry in our winter 2013 issue, then hurry up and submit it to cascadiapdxquarterly AT gmail.com
It’s been a long time coming but we’ve finally gotten the 3rd issue of the Zine and Resource Guide to print.
Join us in celebrating on Friday, Nov. 15th at 6PM with a potluck and gathering at the Guild Hall (1626 NE Alberta St.)
We’ll have food, an interactive art installation, and copies of the zine for you to take and distribute to your little corner of Portland. Rare maps and materials will be available to peruse through.
Come celebrate with us!