Co-op Class: Edible Landscapes

Learn how to transform your backyard into an edible landscape, featuring native plants.  Join us Thursday March 13th for our monthly food and wellness lecture we call “Beers to Your Health”.  Why do we call it that?  It’s located in a space generously offered up by our neighbor, Fort George brewery.  For this month’s lecture, we’re collaborating with North Coast Food Web to bring Farmers Scott and Dixie Edwards from Watershed Garden Works here from Longview, Washington.  They will share their expertise, and even have some plants available for you to check out and purchase if you wish.

Here’s our poster:

edible landscapes

More information:

Dixie and Scott’s main business at Watershed is growing and selling northwest native plants for stream and wetland restoration, but the farmers also grow plants and produce for farmers markets. You can find their edible and ornamental plants, fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, and pickles in Astoria at the River People Farmers Market. The farmers will share their expertise with a focus on edible landscaping.

“Edible landscaping can mean a lot of different things such as aesthetically pleasing vegetables in your flower beds… all the different types of common edible plants that would fit in with the existing landscape and how to create zones in your landscape where you’re trying to produce food year round in our unique climate,” Scott said.

Farmer Dixie Edwards also plans to touch on local ethnobotany, the scientific study of the traditional relationship between people and plants.

“Wapatos were a staple food for a large population of people here before Lewis and Clark. Wapato, Camas, berries and how they were used also fits into the landscaping because those plants are adapted to our climate,” Dixie said. A Wapato is a small potato that grows in marshes. Camas was another root vegetable food source for native people.

Our co-collaborator for this event is North Coast Food Web, a local non-profit aimed at connecting local people with local food. The lecture is free and open to all ages.

The details:

When: Thursday March 13, doors open at 6 p.m. for food and drinks.
Lecture is 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Fort George Lovell Showroom, 1483 Duane St. Astoria

Food Culture of Clatsop County

We are teaming up with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to host a lecture called “Food Culture of Clatsop County” in February.  This is part of the Co-op’s monthly food and wellness lecture series called “Beers to Your Health” at Fort George Brewery, and it is one in a series of monthly programs sponsored by the Astoria branch of AAUW.  Founded in 1881, AAUW is a national organization whose mission it is to empower women through advocacy and education.

Two of the panelists: Teresa Retzlaff (46 North Farm) and Kelly Huckestein (Astoria Co-op).

Two of the panelists: Teresa Retzlaff (46 North Farm) and Kelly Huckestein (Astoria Co-op).

From farming to fishing, those attending will get to hear from some of the most prominent women shaping our local food scene.  A panel of speakers includes Alana Kujala of Skipanon Brand Seafood, Kristin Frost Albrecht of OSU Extension and North Coast Food Web, Teresa  Retzlaff of 46 North Farm and North Coast Food Web, plus Kelly Huckestein, a farmer and produce manager at the Astoria Co-op. 

AAUW will lead the discussion in a question and answer format that the group traditionally uses at its candidate forums.  AAUW President, Meredith Payton, came up with the concept of featuring local food culture in an educational way and asked if the Co-op, a community-owned grocer, would like to be involved. 

“The Co-op jumped at partnering with AAUW on this lecture, because the topic of local food is in line with the work we do, for example, sourcing from several farms within a 40-mile radius,” Astoria Co-op Marketing Director Zetty Nemlowill said.

The Astoria branch of AAUW was founded in 1927.  As the organization evolves it is innovating with new types of events and collaborations such as this food culture lecture with the Co-op.

 “This is us getting out into a different realm of the community to get new membership, to branch out to younger generations,” Payton said.  AAUW membership information will be available at the event.

The lecture is free and open to all ages.  Those wishing to attend are encouraged to show up early as seating is limited to 60.

When: Thursday February 13, Doors open at 6 p.m. (food and drinks available for purchase) Presentation 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Fort George Lovell Showroom, 1483 Duane St. Astoria