King Middle School presents ‘Seed to Soil to Supper’

Slow Food Portland is pleased to award $250 to the King Middle School, in support of the ‘Seed to Soil to Supper’ program. The ‘Seed to Soil to Supper’ is a dinner with recipes suggested by the students at King Middle School and finally chosen by the group based on what they can produce.  The students will cook and serve approximately 200-250 meals.

The King Middle School serves the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the state of Maine. King’s approximately 500 students speak 28 languages and come from 17 countries.

The poster you see was designed by the students in the program, at the studios of photographer and Slow Food Portland member Russell French. Thanks to Russell for bringing this valuable community project to our attention.  

Seed to Soil to Supper 


SFP Book Group – How to Cook a Wolf

Due to a Publisher’s Rep error, the selected title has not yet (!) arrived in the store.  We will postpone the meeting two weeks to Thursday June 11th, at 6:00 here at Rabelais. The book will arrive at the store on Wednesday, May 27th, so come in and get your copy.  It is a slim volume, so we should all have time to read it. This MFK Fisher classic addresses making the most from meager resources, a timely read!
The Slow Food Portland Book Group meets about once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group. Books include food history, politics, literature and memoir, and authors read to date include: Angelo Pelligrini, Michael Pollan, George Orwell, Amy Trubek, Barbara Kingsolver, Mark Kurlansky, Bill Buford and others. The group is informal and fun, and discussion of any food related topic is usually welcome.  The meetings take place at Rabelais Books, 86 Middle Street, Portland.


Food+Farm at Space Gallery this weekend!

foodfarm-graphic.jpegFOOD+FARM – Examining our access to sustainable foodThursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 10th, 2009Presented by SPACE Gallery, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Cultivating CommunityAll events (except Saturday’s Urban Garden Fair) held at:SPACE Gallery – 538 Congress St, Portland, MaineInfo: (207) 828-5600 | | info@space538.orgBuy advance tickets at:

The headlines are full of food and gardening stories: The Obamas plant a White House vegetable garden (an idea championed at last year’s Food+Farm by Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International), the Secretary of Agriculture jackhammers up the pavement in front of his office to create a People’s Garden, the National Gardening Association predicts a 19% increase in the number of new gardens, the New York Times Sunday Business Section devotes a full page and a half to talk about Michael Pollan, Alice Waters and the new documentary Food, Inc.   Public interest in healthy, sustainable food is clearly at a crucial point.


Food+Farm is a 4-day event which examines our access to sustainable food.  It is intended to motivate and inspire our community with some of the brightest leaders in sustainable food thinking and activism, both from Maine and from away, to understand the challenges to safe, responsible food and to illuminate opportunities that are available to producing and accessing it.  Recognizing the need for positive action to compliment awareness, we want to provide informative and affordable hands-on workshops that will teach the skills needed to produce healthy, locally grown food.  This year’s hands-on components have a special focus on urban and small-space food production to address the majority population of Portland’s living circumstances.


• Thursday, May 7th,7:30pm  Ted Ames: Fishing Voices.  The Stonington lobsterman and MacArthur “Genius” winner will discuss his work researching the past and future of wild fisheries and how they can be restored and used sustainably.  The event will include a screening of local filmmaker, Cecily Pingree’s short film, Fishing Voices

• Friday, May 8th, 7:30pm– Food, Inc. screening.  A special advance-release screening of the new documentary exposing how corporations compromise profit over consumer health and safety in the American food industry.  The film features such sustainable food luminaries as Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Joel Salatin (Polyface Farms), and Gary Hirshberg (Stonyfield Farm).  Introduction and post-film discussion with Russell Libby, Executive Director, MOFGA.  Website:

• Saturday, May 9th 9am-Noon – Urban Gardening Fair at Cultivating Community’s Boyd Street Urban Farm in downtown Portland.  The event will be a variety of demonstrations including garden preparation, composting, container gardening, rainwater collection and raised bed gardening.  CC website:

• Saturday, May 9th, 7:30pm – An Evening with Bryant Terry.  Eco chef, author, food justice activist, Bryant Terry works in many facets of food advocacy. He is currently a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program, a national project of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system and has used cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity. Website:

• Sunday, May 10th 9am-5pm– Food+Farm University.  MOFGA helps organize a series of intensive workshops to give attendees the skills to start producing their own sustainable food with a focus on urban/suburban food production.  Topics will include, small space gardening, beekeeping, chicken care, root cellars, fruit for small spaces and vermicomposting.  Taught by some of Southern Maine’s leaders of local food production and preservation.


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Potatoes, Pancakes & Play (P3)!!

Slow Food Portland invites you to join Cultivating Community for the 8th Annual Potato Planting and Farm Clean Up Day. 

Saturday, April 25

Turkey Hill Farm

120 Old Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 

8:30-9:30 All local pancake breakfast. $5—add $2 for Turkey Hill Farm bacon (yum!)

9:00-12:00 Work crews fan out across Turkey Hill to plant potatoes, divide and replant lilies, clear brush, and more

Noon May Pole & Gratitude Circle

Children’s activities and garden planting all morning thanks to Farm Camp ( Please come for some or all! 


P3 is always one of Cultivating Community’s most fun and fulfilling volunteer work days. You won’t want to miss it!! 

Craig Lapine

Cultivating Community

P.O. Box 3792

Portland, Maine 04104o


f: 207.541.GROW



Potlucks are back!

We want to try to capitalize on the momentum from Writers’ Night, so we’ve scheduled the first of what we hope will be regular monthly potlucks for next week. Here are the details:Thursday, Feb. 5, 6-8pmPublic Market House (downstairs)Monument Square, Portland.Bring some food and/or drink to share, and if you can, your own plate/bowl/fork/knife/spoon to try to minimize the use of paper or plastic. The one order of business will be the discussion and planning of future potlucks, specifically one for March.


The Fourth Annual Community Supported Farm/Fish Fair

Support Local Farmers and Fishermen

Attend a Community Supported Food Fair

Sunday, February 8th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., free admission

Learn how to support your community’s farmers and fishermen by purchasing shares of their harvest 



Slow Food Portland, The Maine Council of Churches, and the Main Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is sponsoring eleven Community Supported Food fairs.  We thank the nine churches that are hosting these events and encourage everyone to attend a local fair.

These fairs provide a great opportunity to purchase shares of local farmers’ harvest–last year many farms sold out during the winter!  This year we are pleased to support local fishermen who will also be attending many of the fairs giving attendees a chance to buy shares of their catch. 

The fairs will be at the following locations:

Belfast         Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St 

Brunswick    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St 

Canaan        Union Church, Rt.2 

Ellsworth     Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth  121 Bucksport Rd 

Farmington  Fairbanks School Meeting House, 508 Fairbanks Rd 

Hallowell      St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 18 Union St 

Newcastle   Second Congregational Church, River Rd 

Norway       Christ Episcopal Church, 35 Paris St 

Orono          Orono  Senior Center, Birch St 

Portland      First Parish Church of Portland, 425 Congress St 

Saco            First Parish Church of Saco (UCC), 12 Beach St

 Read all about this in the Portland Press Herald here

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Slow Food Portland presents Writers Night 2009


On Thursday, January 29th at SPACE Gallery Slow Food Portland will be hosting our Annual Writers Night for 2009.  This year’s line-up of writers includes:   

Anne Mendelson, author of Milk, The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages.  Mendelson is a contributing editor at Gourmet Magazine and has written for the New York Times and Saveur.  She is also the author of Stand Facing The Stove, a history of The Joy of Cooking and it’s authors.  

Nancy Carlisle, co-author of America’s Kitchens, an illustrated history of that beloved room. Carlisle, a graduate of Bates College, is a curator at Historic New England, the most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the country.  

Sam Hayward, chef and co-owner of Fore Street restaurant. The James Beard Award-winning chef who barely needs introduction will read from his story Island Sheep, published in The Art of Eating in the Fall of ‘08. 


Renier Nieuwkerk, Owner & Captain of the F/V Hannah-Jo of Kennebunk will read from his segment of Sharing The Ocean, Stories of Science, Politics and Ownership from America’s Oldest Industry, a new book from The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.  

And in a first for the Writers’ Night, Russell Libby, the Executive Director of MOFGA, will read some farm poetry from his new book Balance, A Late Pastoral.  

As in years past, there will be sample tastes from Maine’s soil and sea contributed by local cooks, this year including seafood from the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and Mead from the Maine Mead Works. Books from all the authors will be available for purchase and signing at the event.   

The evening will begin at 6:30, doors will open at 6:00, at Space Gallery, 538 Congress Street in Portland. Tickets are $25, $20 for Slow Food members, and will be available at the door, or in advance at SPACE, 207 828 5600. For more information contact Don or Samantha Lindgren at 774 1044 or SPACE Gallery at  


Book Group Selection: The Fly Truffler

A bit tardy in posting, forgive us, but the group has chosen the Gustaf Sobin title, The Fly Truffler for it’s next read. This time we are reading fiction with the truffling traditions of Provence as the background.

The book is available now at Rabelais for $12, with a 10% discount for Slow Food members.

The next meeting to discuss The Fly Truffler will be on Wednesday, January 7th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Rabelais, 86 Middle Street.


Russell French’s photos, Island Sheep, at Rabelais

Please join Rabelais this Friday, December 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM when will be hosting a reception for Russell French to celebrate his show of photographs, Island Sheep.  If you don’t know him already, Russell is a founding member of Slow Food Portland and a local photographer who focuses on food.  Each Spring, sheep head via boat to remote Maine islands to spend the summer feasting on salt grasses and seaweed.  If you dine at Fore Street in the month of December chances are you’ve seen island-raised lamb on the menu.  Russell spent a couple of days with farmer Lee Straw and chef Sam Hayward, among others, corralling the sheep for their trip back to the mainland.  A few of these images appeared recently in Ed Behr’s magazine The Art of Eating, where they accompanied a text by Sam Hayward. These beautiful black and white images will be on display at Rabelais from the reception on Friday through the New Year.


Molecular Gastronomy – the next Slow Food Book Group selection.

The selection for the next Slow Food Portland Book Group is Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This. This is a French biochemist, who has worked for many years alongside Michelin Three-Star chef Pierre Gagnaire. In Molecular Gastronomy, This presents one hundred short chapters, each on a different aspect of food science. He includes not only what happens in the processes of cooking and baking, but what is going on in the mouth and in the brain when one is tasting and eating food. If Harold McGee’s food science classic, On Food and Cooking, sits on your shelf, or even if you’re just interested in what exactly happens to make food taste so good, this is a great book for you. The book also addresses some of the modern techniques embraced by the world’s greatest chefs, so if you are curious about these techniques and want to get a better sense of what Rob Evans, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz,
Ferran Adria, and Wylie Dufresne are all about, read the book and come join us!

The book is now available in paperback; the price is $16.95. Book group members receive a 10% discount off the purchase. We will meet to discuss this book on Monday, November 17th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.


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