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Hondo’s Brew & Cork
First annual home brewer’s competition

Hondo’s Brew & Cork first annual home brewer’s competition is currently underway. Contestants may register for the competition at Ft .George Brewery, 1483 Duane Street, orHondo’s Brew & Cork, 2703 Marine Drive. The deadline for registration is September 8, 2011.Brew samples should be submitted to Hondo’s Brew & Cork no later than Thursday, September 23before 8 p.m. Competition judging will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Hondo’s Brew &Cork on September 24. Brew samples should contain no less than 10 oz and be stored indark brown glass beer bottles.

Three categories will be judged: pale ales, stout/porter and wheat brews. Rosettes for 1st, 2nd and3rd places will be awarded. The best of show wins a $25 gift certificate for home brew supplies at Hondo’s Brew & Cork and winner may have their recipe brewed by a local brewery and put on tap locally for bragging rights. Winners of the competition will be announced at Northwest Brew Cup Saturday, September 24 at evening’s end.

Hondo’s Brew & Cork provides home brew equipment and supplies, brew instruction and bottle microbrew beer serving and tasting on premises. We have an extensive catalog featuring everything for the home brewer, as well as twelve handle draft Pub brews, selected from popular brew pubs in the Northwest and across the US.

Make Charcuterie – that would be sausage.

Making Charcuterie with Locally Raised Meats. Monday, September 26. A day-long workshop on making delicious, safe, and legal charcuterie (cured meats). Talks in the morning will cover relevant regulations and best practices for controlling pathogens during meat curing. In the afternoon, expert salumists will demonstrate techniques and best practices. $25, includes lunch. 8am – 4pm at EVOO Cooking School in Cannon Beach. Fro reservations call Kristen Frost Albrecht 503-325-8575.

FoodCorps: A School Food Army
begins in Tillamook County.

Tillamook welcomes new FoodCorps Service member, Emily Ritchie as she begins her year of service working at Food Roots. Ritchie is one of four FoodCorps members serving in Oregon, under Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program. Food Roots, in Tillamook County, is the only rural site in Oregon to be selected for as FoodCorps service site this year.

FoodCorps is a brand new national nonprofit partnering with AmeriCorps. This year, 50 young people will be serving in the FoodCorps pilot project in ten states nationally. Their work seeks to combat childhood obesity and diet-related disease while training the next generation of farmers and public health leaders. Ritchie will be spending a year in Tillamook, conducting nutrition education, building and tending school gardens and connecting students and their teachers with our regional food system. She will be working with Tillamook Options Program School (TOPS). Ritchie grew up in Portland, OR but most recently has moved to Tillamook County from Los Angeles where she attended Occidental College.

Parade Magazine’s Dash highlighted the program: “By leveraging federal funds and the revitalized public service program of AmeriCorps, FoodCorps aims to provide the people-power necessary to change the school food environment in communities that need it most.” wrote FoodCorps co-organizer Cecily Upton.  “This is more than just another food pyramid poster on the cafeteria wall, FoodCorps is a school food army, putting boots on the ground in service for healthier kids.” FMI: Food Roots programs, please contact Food Roots at 5030842-3154 X2 or e-mail at farm2school@foodrootsnw.org or info@foodrootsnw.org.

Organically Grown in Oregon Week

In recognition of the importance of organic farmers, processors and distributors to the state, Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber renewed a proclamation declaring September 12-18, 2011, Organically Grown in Oregon Week.

This week-long celebration of the organic agricultural industry, including its certifiers, farmer’s markets and consumers, will include farm tours, grassroots events, wine tastings, and the presentation of the 2011 Oregon Organic Coalition’s Awards in Excellence on September 13, at the Ecotrust Building in Portland. This year’s luncheon will be keynoted by Jim Weaver, local politician, author and environmental activist.  FMI and schedule of events, go to: oregonorganiccoalition.org/organicweek.html.

Food Hub Connecting with Local Farms

Improvements in FoodHub. Ecotrust recently released an expanded suite of features and improved functionality on FoodHub, the online directory and marketplace that makes it easy and efficient for wholesale food buyers and sellers in the Western US to find each other, connect and do business. The extensive site upgrades make using FoodHub faster and easier for busy chefs, grocers and foodservice professionals to communicate with and source from local farmers and food producers who are often far afield. food-hub.org/

Grants for Micro-Entrepeneurs

Grant Equivalent: Farm & Food System Individual Development Accounts with Food Roots. Food Roots may still have openings for food system-related business owners or start-ups (low to moderate-income level) in need of financial support. IDAs are a state of Oregon initiative to help support micro-entrepreneurs (funded through tax deductible donations made to the state program). Individuals accepted into the program open savings accounts at participating financial institutions, agree to terms of the program; work with Food Roots and community partners to learn financial planning and business plan development skills; and use their savings and matched funds to purchase business assets that will propel them into successful local business owners (and in this case, food system-related businesses in Tillamook and Clatsop counties).Those interested in applying for a farm or food system Individual Development Account through Food Roots Microenterprise programming, or for more information about eligibility for IDAs, please contact Lauren Karl at (503) 842-3154 x 5 or email microbiz@foodrootsnw.org and visit our webpage at www.foodrootsnw.org/ida.

Double your SNAP at River People’s Farmer’s Market

North Coast Food Web is working a new angle to get healthy food on the table. River People Farmers Market, the flagship program of the Food Web has accepted Oregon Trails Cards from SNAP, (the program formally known as food stamps), WIC and Senior Nutrition vouchers since they opened in June, and now Starting August 11 River People shoppers will find their money going farther with the SNAP Match program.  Using funds from a small matching grant put forth by the Astoria Cooperative, SNAP shoppers will be able to spend up to $10 more per week, per Oregon Trails card, on food. Thanks to the grant 10 SNAP dollars will now translate into 20 River People Dollars.

Just how far will that money go?  Here’s an example of what $20 can buy at the River People Farmers Market: a dozen free-range nutrient-dense eggs, a loaf of whole grain bread, 3 big bunches of dark leafy greens, and some beautiful vitamin C rich berries. And That can create 2-3 fabulous breakfasts for a family of four.  The positive impact continues when the vendors spend the money they receive locally, increasing prosperity for our entire community.

One small step for community food security.  Adds up to a giant leap for the local economy.

OSU Extension and the CCA Regional Food Bank will at the River People Market to promote the SNAP program.  Application will be available on site. You can even sign up on line at: www.oregonsafenet.org.  Or look to www.oregonhelps.org  for info on SNAP, housing, health insurance, tax credits and cash assistance for families with children.

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