We’re a few days into 2010, and it’s time to start taking stock of just how exactly we’ll all hold true to our New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you swore to cook more foods from scratch. Maybe you resolved to raise a larger garden this year. Whatever new food promises you made, it’s always helpful to seek out some expert advice on the subject. Luckily, this is the perfect time of year to enroll in a workshop and learn how best to accomplish your Good, Clean, and Fair food goals. We recently mentioned a series of intensive Oregon Tilth Classes, but if those courses seemed a bit more “urban farmer” than “kitchen gardener,” you’ll be happy to hear that Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has tripled their already diverse workshop offerings for this year’s Urban Growth Bounty series.
Classes take you from seed to table (or egg and hive to table!) and cover subjects including fruit orcharding, urban beekeeping, gardening, cheesemaking, preserving the harvest, and how to make delicious meals from the foods you’ve raised. The series offers some incredible opportunities to learn from some knowledgeable Portland food figures, including cookbook author Ivy Manning, community-supported kitchen owner Tressa Yellig, backyard apiarist Glen Andresen (featured on last summer’s bike tour), and farmer (and Slow Food Portland committee member) Josh Volk.
To learn more and enroll in workshops, check out the class lineup here. Just don’t be surprised if your list of resolutions grows when you see all of the great subjects you could cover!