Portland Fruit Tree Project Food Preservation Workshop Series



The below information comes from a Newsletter I receive from Portland Fruit.org  

Hello fruit enthusiasts,

At some point during your involvment with us you have indicated that you might have an interest in attending one of our food preservation workshops! Here is the current schedule for our 2013 fall classes – we would like to invite you to look over the class list and join us if you are interested in learning about diffent techniques of food preservation!

An Introduction to Food Preservation

Wednesday, 9/18, 5:30pm-8:30pm


Sunday, 9/22, 11am-2pm

Fruit Fermentation

TBD – Please respond to this email if you would like to be notified when this class is scheduled

Drying Fruit & Fruit Leathers

Friday, 10/18, 7p,-9pm

Cold Storage / Cellaring

Wednesday, 10/30, 7pm-9pm

Space is limited, so please register ASAP if you would like to join us.

Exact location and other details will be provided after you sign up.

Click Here to be directed to the info and registration page

Weeds and Rice


A weed in its simplest terms is an S.O.B plant you can’t seem to get rid of.  Your grass is dead and that dang dandelion is still living.  But I believe, once you finish reading my article, you may have a change of heart.

I remember a couple of years ago I would come home and see dandelions growing in my front yard.  Like most Americans I would think, “These damn things will not go away.”  I would pull them and wait until they came around again, then the battle would start all over.  Then about a year ago, my fiancé said, “Did you know that you can eat dandelions? You can even make wine out of them.”  That was the first time in my life I ever realized that weeds may not be 100% worthless.

In the last year of researching gardening, I have learned more about weeds.  I am proud to say I have learned to love them.  They are amazingly resilient to their environment. They are used throughout the world for herbal remedies.  They are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

Hopefully, I have shifted your mind away from weeds being horrible plants so I can now delve into the main reason I wrote this article.  This simple, yet powerful idea entered my mind: How could I increase my emergency supply food and keep costs (space) down?

Here you go… Weeds and rice and/or beans very well could be the answer.  Weeds grow with very little effort and it is cheap to get the seeds. Rice and beans are hands-down some of the cheapest items to buy in bulk.  If you’re a low income family, or just like to try to cut costs, this could be an outstanding way to eat great, nutritious food for cheap.  Continue reading