Education & Information


Lost Arts Kitchen
Chris Musser’s Lost Arts Kitchen (“Slow food traditions for the modern life”) offers small, hands-on cooking classes in a home kitchen in NE Portland; classes and demonstrations at other sites: and private lessons and consultations on topics such as meal planning, food storage, and kitchen organization.

You can sign up for News from Lost Arts Kitchen, to receive sustainable food news, seasonal recipes, exclusive discounts, and information on upcoming classes.

Portland Meat Collective
Founded by Camas Davis, this is the place to go locally for classes on how to butcher poultry, lamb, beef, or pork, and in the art of charcuterie and sausage making.

Portland Home Cooking
Offers classes to help you become more creative through the use of seasonal ingredients and teaches you how to adapt a recipe to suit the season and locale. You can also subscribe to Portland fresh foods for local fresh food news, reports, updates, opinions, advice, recipes & food event info.

City of Portland Urban Growth Bounty Classes
Offers classes on a wide array of subjects like growing fruit and vegetables, raising chickens and bees, improving your soil and yard, and making cheese.

Growing Gardens
Their “Learn & Grow” gardening workshops, including their parent-child workshops, are open to the public for a sliding scale donation of $5-$20.  Wide range of topics, like Garden Planning & Design, Food Preservation, Urban Chicken Keeping, Gardening Basics, and Container Gardening. Sign up by emailing or by calling 503-284-8420.

Portland Permaculture Guild
An informal group interested in learning and promoting permaculture gardening techniques (a system of conscious, sustainable, ecological design) in the Portland Area, the Portland Permaculture Guild holds free monthly educational meetings open to the public, as well as classes & workshops.

Portland’s Culinary Workshop
807 N Russell Street
Portland, OR 97227
A wide variety of classes for food enthusiasts of all skills levels (from total beginners to culinary pros) in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Merry Kitchen
5202 NE 72nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
Year round cooking classes for children from owner Julie Merry. Also, private parties, birthday parties and special theme classes.


InFARMation (and Beer!)
Happens every 2nd Tuesday of each month at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison, Portland) from 5:30-8:30. The topic changes each month, but always focuses on the larger picture of the connection between food and farms in Oregon. It is sponsored by Friends of Family Farmers and is free and open to the public.  However, since Holocene is 21 & over only, no children may attend.  To learn about this month’s program, go to

Muddy Boot Festival
Muddy Boot Organic Festival is an event held in September celebrating local organic foods and sustainable living in Portland.

Plate and Pitchfork
This all-volunteer group hosts summer dinners using locally produced foods to help guests increase their awareness of local food/farm choices.   For upcoming events, visit their website or email:


Oregon Tilth
470 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem, OR 97301
A nonprofit research and education membership organization, Oregon Tilth offers educational programs & events throughout Oregon, and provides organic certification services to organic growers, processors, and handlers internationally.

Zenger Farm
11741 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon 97266
To learn about and register for classes and workshops, visit
Zenger Farm is a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and equal access to good food. During the school-year, Zenger Farm provides field trips for school classes and other organizations.  They also offer a children’s summer camp program and year-round workshops for adults.

Zenger Farm hosts the Lents Farmers Market and is home to the Eastside Egg Cooperative, the Community Bee Project and the Community Worm Project.

Portland Fruit Tree Project

The Portland Fruit Tree Project organizes people to gather fruit before it falls, and make it available to those who need it most. They also teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops.

Wild Food Adventures: Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Forageables
Based in Portland, Wild Food Adventures provides education on wild edible plants and foraging through workshops, expeditions, teaching events, presentations, outdoor guiding, and outfitting anywhere in North America.

Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust (OSALT)
P.O. Box 1106
Canby, OR 97013
Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust (OSALT) is a charitable trust whose purpose is to hold rural and urban agricultural lands in trust to keep them in agricultural use and make them available to future generations of growers, as well as to conduct practical research into sustainable production and distribution, and provide education to growers and consumers about the results of that research and the importance of sustainability

Visit the OSALT website for a full listing of volunteer opportunities, to subscribe to SALT of the Earth (OSALT’s journal), or to learn about upcoming OSALT educational conferences, seminars, workshops and classes.

Northwest Earth Institute
317 SW Alder St, Suite 1050
Portland , OR 97204
Their Menu for the Future is a six-session small group discussion/study  guide exploring food systems and their impacts on culture, society and the Earth and offering practical suggestions on creating and supporting a more sustainable food system. NWEI study guides for small groups can be implemented in workplaces, homes, libraries, faith centers, neighborhoods and community centers. Contact NWEI at or for more information about acquiring and using Menu for the Future.

Chefs Collaborative (Portland Chapter)
Chefs Collaborative is an organization for chefs, restaurant owners, and culinary professionals, focused on assisting its members to run as healthy and sustainable a restaurant as possible, including informing them where to buy local fresh foods and how to connect with growers to sustain these connections. To learn more, visit their website or email

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon – Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership
The goals of the Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership project is to develop a long-term model, based in the faith community, which can be adapted by other communities across the region and country and to increase food access and increase the use of local, sustainably grown food. The purpose of their “That’s My Farmer,” project is to educate congregations and community groups on community food systems, nutrition, buying locally, hunger abatement and the essentials of community food assessments, community organizing and the role of food policy councils, and other policy networks.

Sauvie Island Center
The Sauvie Island Center is a non-profit organization that provides education about local farmers and the food they grow through field trips and special events.


Food for Oregon
A database of local and regional community food resources in Oregon, including community gardens, nutrition education programs, faith-based efforts, community kitchens, farmers’ markets, food policy councils, and advocacy organizations, developed through a strategic partnership between Oregon Food Bank and Oregon State University Extension Service.

Tri County Farm Fresh Produce Guide
Provides information about farm stands and u-pick opportunities in Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties and publishes a yearly guide to local sustainable food producers.