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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 6-9pm
Conversation with organizers of the Biosafety Alliance and Soil Not Oil Coalition on the local and global movements to restore soils and promote environmental justice by growing food, preventing disease, and addressing climate change. Because our lives are entirely dependent on the health of our soils, the Soil Not Oil Campaign demands the care and regeneration of soils worldwide. We emphasize that extensive restructuring of land management practices, especially agriculture, is key to combating climate change, restoring water cycles, stopping ocean acidification, re-establishing biodiversity, improving food production, and revitalizing local economies across the planet. Furthermore, we recognize that rapidly accelerating human-caused climate change is an imminent threat to urgent action to halt the reckless and expanding fossil fuel industry, which pollutes the ecosystems we depend on and drives climate change, threatening to destabilize our biosphere on a global scale. The Soil Not Oil Campaign's call for integrated action on sustainable practices in all areas of human endeavor is essential to ensuring a safe and healthy world for generations to come. https://www.facebook.com/events/258349237878661/
Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6-8pm
You are invited to join Bark volunteers and supporters for a round table discussion about climate friendly food production. Portland has a burgeoning urban farming culture but with concerns about soil pollution, neonicotinoids, and climate change there is more to it than just building a couple of raised beds on the curb! We've invited speakers from the Soil Not Oil Coalition, Bee Friendly Portland, and PSU to talk with the public about: What urban farmers in the metro area of Portland are producing. Under which circumstances and with what resources? And of course, what are the challenges? Do you want to grow your own food? Join us and learn the best ways to do it! Learn more at soilnotoilcoalition.org, http://www.urbanfood.org/, and Bee Friendly Portland Nathan McClintock is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, where he researches urban agriculture and food systems. He has worked in the field of sustainable agriculture for nearly two decades in a variety of capacities in the US, Canada, and in several countries in the Global South: as a professor, student, Peace Corps volunteer, agricultural extensionist, researcher, journalist, food policy council member, farm hand, and farm manager. He received a PhD in geography from UC Berkeley and a MS in agro-ecology from North Carolina State. Jen Davis: Bee Friendly Portland – KBOO, Jen Davis raises native bees and teaches classes about them throughout the North West. She is founder of Bee Friendly Portland, an organization focused on working at a neighborhood level to educate the public about ways to support and protect our threatened pollinators. Currently, she also serves on the KBOO Community Radio Board of Directors. Jen lives in Portland, OR, where she grows 16 kinds of fruits and many of her family’s vegetables in her urban yard. Miguel Robles is the Co-Founder/Project Director of Biosafety Alliance, he was the main organizer of the annual Justice Begins with Seeds Conference and was the core organizer of the 2015 Soil Not Oil International conference. He has founded several organizations and launched campaigns of great social impact. For years he has hosted a weekly educational radio program in Spanish at a commercial radio station in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area in which he educates about urban farming, sustainability, environmental & food issues. He has been living in Portland for 3 years. Courtney Rae is Bark's Community Organizer. http://www.facebook.com/events/1766506510248388/