July 26, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
Could you handle living in 120 square feet? Portlanders Kol Peterson and Deb Delman think you should try it – if only for one night. The grand opening of the world's first tiny house hotel is taking place in Portland on Saturday.Continue reading →
July 23, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
Funding for Oregon's Farm to School and School Gardens programs is on track to reach $1.2 million in state funding in the 2013-15 biennium.Continue reading →
July 10, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
A lot of readers responded to my story about abandoned backyard chickens with advice on what to do when your backyard chickens stop laying eggs. You can eat them, keep them as pets, find a new home for them or set them free. Of course, there was some debate over which of those options is best.Continue reading →
July 08, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
What happens when backyard chickens stop making you breakfast?
NBC News reports on an outcry from critics of the backyard chicken movement who say hundreds of unwanted chickens are being abandoned by their city-dwelling owners when they stop laying eggs or become too cumbersome to manage.Continue reading →
July 02, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
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If you ever read Beverly Cleary's books as a kid, you know that Klickitat Street is home to characters Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby. But what you might not know is that Klickitat Street is going green. This video explains how green streets soak up storm water before it can pollute nearby waterways.Continue reading →
June 26, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
Portland-based New Seasons Market has been recognized as the first grocery store in the world to earn B Corp certification.
The certification underscores company's status as a benefit corporation – or a company that aims for the triple bottom line of economic, environmental and social sustainability.
June 18, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill that allows companies to register as "benefit companies" in Oregon – businesses that offer environmental and social benefits in addition to making profits.
The designation recognizes businesses that conserve natural resources and provide employees with better quality of life.Continue reading →
June 17, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
Amanda Troxler / OPB
Portlanders put a lot of things in their recycling bins that really don't belong there. Far West Fibers President Keith Ristau walks through his Portland recycling facility and explains which items are the trouble-makers.Continue reading →
June 13, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
Along Forest Park's Wildwood Trail, four Portland brewers found inspiration for new and unusual beers that incorporate spruce tips, huckleberry, ginger root, salmonberry and vanilla leaf.Continue reading →
June 11, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita
The city of Seattle has donated 7 acres of land and granted more than $100,000 toward planting a "food forest" just 2.5 miles from downtown. The edible forest will function as an ecosystem while growing a wide array of fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts.
With a local neighborhood at the helm, the Beacon Hill Food Forest is set to become the largest forageable space in the U.S.Continue reading →
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