MOGOing Around Portland: Get a Yummy Vegan Meal and Help the Animals

If you live in the Portland, Oregon, area, and you’re looking for a way to fill your tummy with tasty goodness AND help animals, check out Apron Activists.  Started by vegan food guru Isa Chandra Moskowitz (author of Veganomicon, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and other delectable cookbooks) and Herbivore Clothing Company co-founder Michelle Schweggmann, Apron Activists host occasional dinners to raise funds for organizations that help animals. The next dinner is Friday, December 12 at Sweetpea Bakery (1205 SE Stark). Doors open at 7:30 pm and dinner begins at 8 pm. The menu is a Jamaican theme:

Appetizer
Plantain Rice Paper Rolls
Rice noodles, sweet plantains and toasted pumpkin seeds in a fresh rice paper roll with chili dipping sauce

Soup
Jamaican Curry With Roti Bread
Sweet potatoes, kidney beans and baby limas in a rich Jamaican spiced coconut curry served with flat bread for dipping

Entree
Jerk Tofu And Yucca
Marinated and grilled jerk tofu a green beans served over mashed yucca and topped with a fresh mango salsa

Dessert
Pumpkin Rum Bread Pudding
A lush and spicy pumpkin bread pudding spiked with rum, served warm with vanilla ice cream

Ginger Tea will be served. Please bring your own beer and wine.

Tickets are on a sliding scale, from $40 – $100 each.  According to the info, “Diners who pay 60 dollars or more will also be receiving a really neat bag of holiday goodies that will include fresh baked cookies. 100% of the proceeds go to the Family Dogs shelter.”

The lucky animal organization this time is Family Dogs New Life Shelter, a no-kill dog shelter.

Find out more.

Image courtesy of Apron Activists.

MOGOing Around Portland: Transition PDX

If you’re concerned about issues such as peak oil, water and food shortages, the global climate crisis and other systems whose decline will have a major impact on humanity’s way of life, you might be interested in knowing about Transition PDX, which is an initiative beginning here in the Portland area to help move our community “from oil dependency to local resilience.”

A group of people have begun meeting to explore ways of informing and positively affecting the community regarding the transition town concept, as well as developing a vision of what a transition community would look like and how it might function.

The Transition towns movement was developed by Rob Hopkins as a response to the need for a new way of thinking and living beyond our oil-based culture. There’s a book, a downloadable primer, a wiki, and a couple of websites, as well as transition groups that are being established around the U.S. and the UK.

I found out from an acquaintance that there’s a “Social Change Forum” meeting at People’s Co-op (3029 SE 21st ) this Wednesday, October 29 at 7 pm. I’m not sure if it’s related to the Transition PDX project or not, but some of the goals seem similar.

If you’re especially interested in issues surrounding peak oil, there’s also a Portland Peak Oil group that meets regularly.

~ Marsha

MOGOing Around Portland: The Portland Fruit Tree Project

Part of choosing MOGO (Most Good) means reducing waste, eating locally-produced foods when possible, eating healthfully, and building community, so I was excited to discover a group here in Portland called the Portland Fruit Tree Project. The group’s mission is to:

“…increase equal access to fresh, healthy food and foster stronger communities by empowering neighbors to share in the bounty and care of urban fruit and nut trees. We strive to increase community knowledge-sharing and self-sufficiency through education in food preservation and fruit tree cultivation.”

People around Portland who have fruit or nut trees they’d like to share with others can register their trees and then, when the time is ripe, host a harvesting party. Volunteers harvest the goodies and get a share (the other share goes to people in need). People can also register their trees as “open harvest,” which means that volunteers can harvest from the trees during a certain time period and following certain criteria.

The organization also hosts workshops on topics such as food canning and preservation and tree care.

If you’re interested in getting involved this fall, there’s a Harvesting Party in North Portland this Saturday, October 25.

If you know of other organizations in the Northwest doing MOGO things, be sure to let us know.

~ Marsha

Photo courtesy of Portland Fruit Tree Project.

MOGOing Around Portland: The Green Microgym

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly gym workout, check out the new Green Microgym in the Alberta District (NE Portland). Today the Los Angeles Times featured the gym, which opens this week.

The gym, owned by Adam Boesel, features solar power, human-powered cardio and cycling machines that help generate energy, and a variety of eco-friendly features, such as “green” flooring, CFL lights and non-toxic soaps and cleaners (see their Fifteen Ways the Microgym is Green).

As Boesel says, “We are creating a neighborhood gym that is as comfortable and effective as any other….At the same time, our members are doing their part to help the Earth.”

Of course, it’s a lot cheaper to walk or bike your way around, but if you want a gym experience, this one seems to be focused on the health of people and the planet.

(Thanks, Treehugger, for the heads up.)

~ Marsha

MOGOing Around Portland: New “Eco-healthy” Store Opens

EcoSafe Home logoPeople want to keep themselves and their children safe, but with all the gazillion chemicals in products and our environment –- and many of those untested for toxicity — it can be a challenge. Oregon’s Center for Environmental Health is hoping to help people concerned about non-toxic and eco-friendly products, by opening its EcoSafe Home store. You can buy products on their website (the list is miniscule but growing), or from their storefront, which is at 4819 NE Fremont and is open limited hours (call 503.223.1510 for details).

Check it out for yourself and let us know if you think it’s worth a return visit.

Know of other MOGO-friendly businesses and organizations in the Pacific Northwest (especially in the Portland Metro area)? Let us know and we’ll investigate.

~ Marsha

(Thanks to EcoMetro Portland for the heads up about EcoSafe Home.)