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Roots Fest happened on September 1st at Pioneer Square. It was part of our Healthy Foods Access Initiative where we got to showcase the produce our residents had been growing along with local, afro-centric food, vendors and entertainment. Will Allen of Growing Power was also in town to talk to the community about urban farming and sustainable agriculture.
We are thankful to all those who participated!
Portland Roots Festival will feature a variety of food, art, and cultural practices from Portland’s diverse African Populations. The festival, held on September 1 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland will run from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. It is PCRI’s first culturally specific food festival, promoting healthy living through healthy food choices and activities from the rich and ancient traditions of the African people. Admission to the festival is free of charge and all ages are welcome.
The festival will highlight the different yet similar avenues these ancient practices took through the celebration of food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon. Vendors (pictured below with KPTV Fox 12 host Joe Vithayathil) and their menu items will include:
Click on any vendor’s name for more information. The festival will have additional features including:
The Portland Roots Festival is free and open to all ages. The festival is Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. A tentative schedule is available HERE. Please note that all times are subject to change without notice.
PCRI will host the Portland Roots Festival on September 1, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Thanks to generous support from our sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor NW Natural, the festival will feature a keynote from Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., and a leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. The celebration will also include African, African-American, Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, performers, non-profit community groups, micro-entrepreneurs.
PCRI gives special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, NW Natural, for helping make this celebration a reality.
Gold Sponsors have also provided essential support for the Roots Festival. The festival’s gold sponsors include Wieden + Kennedy, Legacy Health, and the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.
PCRI also appreciates support provided by Multnomah County’s Office of Sustainability, a Silver Sponsor for the festival.
Additional support for the Roots Festival has also been provided (in no particular order) by New Seasons Markets, Portland Trailblazers, Time Airport Shuttle, Dave’s Killer Bread, Steven Smith Tea Maker, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and Union Cab.
In celebration of the PCRI’s Healthy Foods Access Initiative, we are hosting the Portland Roots Festival on September 1, 2013. We will be in Pioneer Square from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., exploring the African roots of signature dishes from some of the city’s tastiest restaurants and food carts. Come savor the vibrant flavors of global street food in a beautiful open air setting.
The event will feature African, African-American, Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, performers, non-profit community groups, micro-entrepreneurs, and a key-note speech from Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc.
Mr. Allen – the son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Will promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Will trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces.
In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation Fellow and was awarded a prestigious foundation “genius grant” for his work – only the second farmer ever to be so honored. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and in February 2010, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching “Let’s Move!” her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010, Time magazine named Will to the Time 100 World’s Most Influential People.
On Sunday, September 1, PCRI will host Portland Roots Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. The festival will be PCRI’s first culturally specific food festival and will raise funds and awareness to promote healthy living through healthy food choices and activities through the rich and ancient sustainable food practices of the African people. Admission to the festival is free of charge and all ages are welcome.
The festival will highlight the different yet similar avenues these ancient practices took through the celebration of food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon. The celebration will feature food vendors, art, and performances from Portland’s diverse African populations.
PCRI and its community partners will be present at the festival, sharing information and resources at festival booths. PCRI residents will also be at the festival, sharing their healthy food access journey. Residents engaged in this journey through multiple programs offered through PCRI in the past year: gardening, nutrition education, and Children’s Healthy Eating and Active Living Camp.
Sunday, September 1, 2013, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
All ages. Free admission.
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. is proud to present the Portland Roots Festival.
Come explore the ancient and sustainable food practices of the African people right from Portland’s Living Room. We will highlight the different yet similar avenues these rich cultures have taken through celebrating the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations in Portland, Oregon.
Be sure to stay for the key-note speech from Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc. Will Allen – son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer – has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. Growing Power Inc. is a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture.
A special thanks to our event sponsors Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Legacy Health, Growing Power, Wieden + Kennedy, Oregon Health Authority: Office of Equity and Inclusion, NW Natural, and New Seasons Market.
A major goal for PCRI’s Healthy Food Access initiative is to enable any resident who wants to garden, to garden. Since many residents live in multifamily units without the space to garden for themselves, we were able to hook up with the local (and amazing) Albina Cooperative Garden to give some residents a chance to garden right away.
James and Tim are spearheading the Albina Cooperative Garden and both also work at other urban farming projects around Portland. Their goal is not to have you work for the garden, but for the garden to work for you. That said, they have made it as easy as possible to get in, get dirty and get fed.
The Albina Cooperative Garden uses a different model than most community gardens: everyone works towards the same goal and shares the same produce. There are no specific “plots;” rather, when someone volunteers to help, they simply do what needs to be done, be it weeding, watering, or harvesting, and when it IS time to harvest, well, everyone gets a box full of the same fresh goods.
Some of the produce will be sold to local restaurants in order to sustain the garden and keep it free for members (but don’t worry– there will be more than enough for everyone). Experienced gardeners will be available to provide a built in support network for those less experienced. Plus, all the necessary tools will be provided, including an on-site wash station to clean fresh veggies and even a picnic table so the space can be used for community gatherings as well.
Ultimately, the garden aims to educate and empower its gardeners, giving them the tools and knowledge necessary to inform others and maybe begin a home garden. Interested in volunteering two or so hours per week in exchange for free produce? The garden will be ‘staffed’ every Saturday from 11-4 (approximately), and sign up is simple: if you’re interested, just show up.
Albina Cooperative Garden is located about 200 feet west of N. Vancouver on N. Russell St., adjacent to the Emanuel Hospital property. Someone is there most of the time, but definitely every Saturday from 11-4.
March is National Nutrition Month! Coincidentally, our Teens Engaged in Eating Nutritious Snacks team shared some great news this week about their project. The PCRI youth involved in the project (pictured with Governor Kitzhaber showing off the award check they received to help develop the snack) are planning to meet in the coming week with Kamelah Adams, a local chef who is developing a new business. Ms. Adams and the TEENS team will taste test a sample batch of healthy snacks that Ms. Adams has recently created.
Ms. Adams, who is also a PCRI resident, developed the sample recipe based on the TEENS team’s conclusions about which foods and flavors that would be healthy and would most appeal to youth looking for a snack.
On March 8, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off National Nutrition Month with “What’s on My Plate?” day to raise public awareness of the importance of choosing nutritious foods. Dr. Robert Post, Deputy Director of USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, will be the featured speaker at a “Get Your Plate in Shape” event on March 14 hosted by the DC Metro Area Dietetic Association. For more information on National Nutrition Month news and events, visit the USDA blog.
This spring, PCRI youth won a grant for their “Teenagers Engaged in Eating Nutritious Snacks” (TEENS) plan to create a healthy snack for other youth. Since receiving the grant (follow the link above for more information about the award), the TEENS team has been working to pinpoint a successful product. Now, PCRI’s youth interns are seeking a baker or chef committed to innovating delicious and healthy fresh-baked goods to make the TEENS product a reality.
Over the past four months, the youth have achieved several milestones: surveyed more than 240 teens regarding a healthy snack and what a healthy snack would taste like; taste tested a large number of snacks to determine the best tasting snack available on the market (blind taste tests pictured at right); and completed research regarding ingredients in existing snacks and options for making those snacks healthier.
The TEENS team is now ready to develop a snack that is similar to the Clif Kid Z Bar but is healthier and perishable. We are looking for a baker who has the ability to take similar ingredients as those found in the Clif Z Bar and take the ideas that resulted from the research, taste testing and surveys and invent a bar the youth can sell to other youth via a pilot project.
PCRI is a community non-profit organization and has a small budget to help pay for supplies for this project. We need someone with the expertise to help develop a recipe for a bar, produce the bar for testing purposes, and, if the bar is received well by community teens, sell the bar to the teens at a wholesale price. The TEENS team in turn will package the bar and sell it to other teens as part of their healthy snack project. There will be several opportunities for public relations on this project.
Are you ready to get cooking on this project – or know someone who is? Please contact Julie, Youth Internship Coordinator, at 503-288-2923.
Residents of PCRI, NAYA and Hacienda CDC communities – please join us at our Food Day Event and Celebration, Monday, October 24th from 6:30-8pm! We will celebrate community food and food resources and will present the results of our Housing Organizations of Color Coalition’s Healthy Foods Access assessment and survey.
We are very concerned about the health inequities we see in our communities: Nearly 60% of households we surveyed have one or more persons in their household suffering from a preventable diet-related health condition. Ninety-eight percent of survey respondents indicated that access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables in their neighborhood was important to them, so why do so few shop for fresh produce in their neighborhood? What are some of the important values to our communities regarding food and our food system? Find out the responses to these and more, including what potential strategies our assessment points toward for addressing some of our most pressing healthy food access challenges.
This promises to be a fun event and will include a cooking demonstration by a locally acclaimed chef. We will also be sharing locally prepared food and—thanks to donations by fabulous local sustainable farms—we will be sharing fresh seasonal produce with our residents and other participating low-income community members.
The organizations and farms that are contributing to and/or participating in this Food Day event include: PCRI, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Hacienda CDC and it’s Micro Mercantes program, Bob’s Red Mill, The Side Yard Farm, Wealth Underground Farm, Friends of Zenger Farm, Gaining Ground Farm, Portland Fruit Tree Project, Groundwork Portland, and Fork In The Road Mobile Market.
Residents who are interested in joining are requested to RSVP to by email to Adriana Voss-Andreae or by calling (503) 288-2923. The event will be held at O.A.M.E., 4134 N Vancouver Avenue in Portland.