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  • A New Era for Civil Rights?

    After only his first month in the Obama administration, newly-appointed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivered some unexpected words before a group from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives (FSC) and the Land Assistance Fund: “Some folks refer to USDA as the last plantation, and it […]

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  • A New Dawn

    On an early Saturday morning, along with a group from Slow Food Portland, I drove down the familiar I-5 corridor to visit a large, local community that few Oregonians have ever considered. It is a community in which 7 languages are regularly spoken, and where […]

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  • Culinary Arts

    Chalk it up to the cultural zeitgeist, but hot-button issues always have a way of percolating up in different mediums and practices at the same time. Let’s say a particularly unique comet makes headlines; wait a month and there will surely be three movies on […]

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  • Rural Reserves

    Image courtesy of Flickr user GeoFX After watching last night’s preview screening of Food, Inc, the pressing question from those in attendance was, “How can we affect policy change that will help small farmers?” In response, Steve Cohen, of Portland’s Food Policy Council, implored the […]

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