Portland Walking Tours

Urban Farming in Portland and Beyond

July 15th, 2009

Last week, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced an executive directive to change the way San Francisco thinks about food. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, all San Francisco city departments have six months to conduct an audit of unused land – including empty lots, rooftops, windowsills and median strips – that could be turned into community gardens or farms that could benefit residents, either by working at them or purchasing the fresh produce.

Urban farming is not a new idea and the fine city of Portland was ahead of it’s time…as usual. The city completed an audit of urban land a number of years ago in a study performed by a group of Portland State University students. The study called “The Diggable City” is available on the website of Portland’s Office of Planning and Sustainability. Multnomah county took it one step further and is making urban farming a reality in the Portland area with real tangible projects like County CROPS and County DIGS.

A few of us chat this up on our Epicurean Excursion tours since it’s not just about trying to eat & drink about 25 things; it’s about rethinking food while having some fun.  We also serve extra knowledge.