May 14, 2013

A May Bouquet: Farm Incubators, Cool Communities, and More

Dear friend,

You know the saying about May flowers? Well, we're bringing you a whole armful of freshly-picked stories in this month's Oregon Stories, featuring some pretty exciting things blooming in Oregon right now.

We take a look at some of Oregon's emerging farm incubator programs, explore what could be in store if more Oregon cities adopt scenario planning, share some of 1000 Friends' recent work in Salem and McMinnville. And a Land Use Leadership Initiative participant reflects on a recent conversation about race and planning.

Also, invitations to great events in Salem this week and Portland next week, and a chance to share your values at "Oregon's Kitchen Table." Speaking of invitations--don't forget to tell us about your favorite Oregon places!

Hope you are having a great Spring!

Keep in touch,
The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

Planting the Seeds: Farm Incubator Programs Growing in Oregon

A recent Fred Meyer ad extols some pleasures of living in Oregon--namely, access to local vegetables, fruit, and meat. But to keep that possible, we need two things: workable land, and people to work it. While we've done a good job to protect the former in Oregon, we can do more to support a new generation of farmers to keep farms thriving. We've been looking into programs that seek to do so. Taking a variety of approaches, these incubators are our partners for long-term viability of Oregon's farmland.

Discover Oregon's farm incubators

Adelante Agricultura Farm Stand

Stepping Ahead: Cool Communities Moving Forward Across Oregon

What do a sidewalk in Keizer, better bus service in Medford, bike lanes in Bend, and neighborhood parks in Corvallis all have in common? They are all potential benefits that communities could recognize through a powerful tool called scenario planning. Spurred by legislation, the Metro region has been undertaking scenario planning for several years in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local health. But now that potential is more open to Oregon's other major cities. Find out why.

See what scenario planning can do

Walk Sign

What's Next in Oregon Wine: Join Us Thursday in Salem!

It's an exciting time to be an Oregon wine lover: new accolades are pouring in from connoisseurs and critics around the world, and sales are reaching record heights. Few are paying as close attention to this as Katherine Cole, wine columnist for the Oregonian and author of Voodoo Vintners. We welcome Katherine to Salem this Thursday for an engaging talk and reception--and you're invited! Learn more and RSVP here.

Find out more about OATS

Cristom Vineyards in the Willamette Valley

Take a Seat at Oregon's Kitchen Table

Want to help shape Oregon policy makers' decisions about jobs, the economy, health, and more? The Oregon's Kitchen Table project is a great opportunity to participate in the conversation. A diverse group of community partners and sponsors have come together to create this unique online forum, hoping to hear from a broad cross-section of Oregonians who care about their communities' future and have ideas for how to make it better. Now's the time to join if you want to make an impact on the 2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs survey. Learn more here.

Learn about Oregon's Kitchen Table

Kitchen table

Disquieting Legacy: Land Use Leadership Initiative on Race, Community

There's no way around it. Oregon's racial history is troubled, with exclusion laws, redlining, and neighborhood destruction common themes--evidenced, for instance, by I-5's construction through African American neighborhoods in North Portland in the 1960s (right). Our Land Use Leadership Initiative cohort recently confronted this issue head-on, in an honest conversation about race, privilege, and planning a better future for all Oregonians. Participant Aaron Brown reflects in this personal piece.

Read Aaron's personal reflection

I-5 Construction in North Portland, 1960s

1KF in the News: Salem's Third Bridge, and Questions in McMinnville

All around Oregon, our staff is working with local residents and affiliates to call attention to issues that no other statewide organization works on. The last couple of weeks are no exception. Our Mia Nelson penned an op-ed in the Statesman Journal on the shaky pillars supporting the proposed "Third Bridge" in Salem, and we raised serious questions about a troubling proposed land conversion in McMinnville. Keep up with the news here.

Keep up with the latest news

Salem River Crossing Map

This Monday in Portland: History Pub Explores Land Use Planning at 40

1000 Friends is pleased to join Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins to host an "History Pub" event exploring 40 years of Oregon land use planning and the role played by Governor Tom McCall in its crucial early years. The featured speaker will be PSU Professor Sy Adler. 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner will also speak. This free, all-ages event starts at 7 PM next Monday, May 20 at McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland. Learn more here.

Find out more about this event

History Pub Poster

40 Years, 40 Places: Help Us Complete the List of Special Oregon Places!

To mark 40 years of of land use planning in Oregon, we're working on a list of 40 outstanding places benefiting from land use policy. There's a lot to celebrate in Oregon's natural, agricultural, and community places. We need your help to complete our list, though. Take our poll and tell us: what places are most special to you? We'll release a full list in Oregon Stories next month.

Vote for your favorite places

40 Years, 40 Places: Grande Ronde Valley

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From fighting for better transportation choices, to working for a new generation of farmers and urban advocates, 1000 Friends is the only organization working statewide on issues of critical importance to Oregon's future livability and prosperity.

Your support is crucial to this work. Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special online contribution to 1000 Friends today, to help us continue making Oregon a better place for everyone. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

McCall Society Speaker Series: Author Katherine Cole in Salem
Thursday, May 16
Wine Reception: 5:30 PM, Presentation: 6-7 PM

Pringle Hall Community Center, 606 Church St. SE, Salem
Free for 1000 Friends members, $15 for others
RSVP: or (503) 497-1000 x123

We welcome Oregonian wine writer and self-described "oeno pundit" Katherine Cole to our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series. Ms. Cole will discuss the impact of Oregon's wine economy and key trends in the industry today. RSVP to Kristin Barber at or (503) 497-1000 x123. Learn more here.

Oregon History Pub: "Land Use Planning at 40"
Monday, May 20, 7 PM
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland
Free and open to all ages!
(Donations to Oregon Food Bank accepted.)

We are pleased to join Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins to host an engaging "History Pub" event exploring 40 years of Oregon land use planning and the role played by Governor Tom McCall. The featured speaker will be Professor Sy Adler of Portland State University. 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner will also speak. Learn more about this event here.

"Oregon's Vision Turns 40": OAPA Big Ideas Forum
Wednesday, May 29, 1:00-4:00 PM
Oregon Convention Center
Learn more at

Climate change, demographic change, economic upheaval--how is Oregon's land use program prepared to deal with these issues? To open a conference exploring many dimensions of land use planning today, the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association hosts an afternoon forum exploring these questions in depth. Learn more and register for free here.

Pedalpalooza: Helvetia Community Ride
Sunday, June 9
Meet at 1 PM, Orenco MAX Station, Hillsboro

We're excited to head out to scenic Washington County again this year for a Pedapalooza ride through the incredibly productive, beautiful Helvetia area. We'll witness firsthand the impact of Oregon's strong land use program, which protects vital farmland just miles from major population centers. More info coming soon.

Check out our calendar to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming events around the state.

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May 3
More photo trivia on a glorious Friday! Can you ID this unique spot in Oregon and the mountain it's located on?

May 3
A large majority of Metro residents say they want safer walking and biking, more efficient transit, more action to address climate change. Learn more here.

May 2
Interesting story--when it comes to recent multi-million real estate deals in Polk County, it's not subdivisions. As our friend Russell puts it, "it's all about the grapes."

April 30
It's people like Eugene's Dorothy Anderson who have made Oregon land use planning succeed, with tenacity and grace. She was rightfully honored by the League of Women Voters of Lane County Oregon this month. Great tribute by the Register-Guard's Bob Welch.

April 23
A Metro study reveals that most regional residents use multiple means of getting around at least occasionally. Better land use choices by our leaders will make more transportation choices available to more people on more occasions.

April 17
Another outstanding Oregon landscape is declared a National Natural Landmark. Learn about Zumwalt Prairie.

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May 8
Unintentionally ironic headline of the morning: "Wal-Mart coming to Sherwood as anchor for town center near downtown"

May 3
Love this old Tigard Times front page that @OregonELGL shared with a job announcement for Economic Development Mgr:

May 2
"Local sustainable food mvmt depends on people buying...directly, or nearly directly, from farmers." -@michaelpollan

May 1
Just heard that @PDXInstitute picked Bend for its #ecodistrict incubator. Team inc. Sally Russell, Bend City Councilor & 1KF board member.

April 30
"A city is an organism, not a machine." It's people that give it sustenance, writes Chuck Marohn of

April 24
Portland City Council considers Barbur Concept Plan this morning, including right-sizing this old highway:

April 23
Smart #landuse means more people have more transportation choices for more trips. That's our goal for Oregon.

April 23
RT @PortlandAfoot: Among Americans 16-34, transit use is up 40% since 2001. Biking up 24%, driving down 23%.

April 17
"This is the Columbia River Gorge. If it doesn't do anything for you, well, we give up." Funny ad from


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Photo credits:
Header: Near Ortley, Oregon by Patrick Morgan. Creative Commons.
Adelante Agricultura farmers market stand: Courtesy Adelante Mujeres .
Grapevines at Cristom Vineyards: Ethan Prater. Creative Commons.
Grande Ronde Valley: James Arnott. Creative Commons.
Kitchen Table: Huzzah Vintage. Creative Commons.
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History Pub poster: McMenamins.
Interstate 5 Construction in North Portland: Portland Bureau of Transportation.This and other historical photos of transportation are available here.