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July 8th:Oregon’s Sustainable Wine Industry

Join the Conversation and Bring your Friends and Family

InFARMation (and Beer!) happens every 2nd TUESDAY of each month at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison) in Portland. Its always free, open to the public, and all ages. Doors open at 5:30, Presentation runs from 6:30-8.

IMGP4562July 8th: Oregon’s Sustainable Wine Industry

Hear from an engaging panel consisting of a winemaker, a salmon lover, and an agricultural innovator on a number of issues facing Oregon’s sustainable wine industry.

We are delighted to present John Paul of Cameron Winery, the first Salmon-Safe certified winery in Oregon. His vineyards are farmed organically but not certified, are non-irrigated and use an integrated approach of incorporating animals into the fertility and pest control equation.

Kevin Scribner, a lover of salmon, has done extensive work with wineries to help them become more ecologically sensitive. Kevin leads agricultural outreach in the mid-Columbia Basin for Salmon-Safe and is co-located in Walla Walla and Portland.

Kevin Chambers is a farmer, philosopher, innovator and consultant. He co-founded Oregon Vineyard Supply and has served several terms on the State Wine Board. Kevin and his wife Carla were named 2013 ‘Wine Persons of the Year’ by Oregon Winepress. Currently, Kevin is focused on creating a commercial-scale permaculture cider orchard (among other vineyard projects).

Some topics we’ll explore include:

  • How vineyard land doesn’t fit the typical “Class 1″ agricultural paradigm;
  • The effects of 2,4-d on wine grapes and the recent actions taken by the wine industry to prevent drift;
  • The wine industry’s movement to become Salmon Safe, carbon neutral, or pursue other sustainability certifications;
  • The role of agritourism in the Oregon wine industry;
  • The potential impact of climate change on the Oregon wine industry, including managing a scarce water supply; and,
  • The future of Oregon wines related to climate change, land use, markets, etc.


August 12th: Women Warriors: A film screening of Terra Firma and panel discussion with Oregon veteran and rancher Mickey Clayton of Dot Ranch and filmakers Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson!! The film is about women veterans who have found ways to heal the hidden wounds of war through farming. Terra Firma follows a few women as they go about their daily lives, reflecting on their time spent in the military, the impact of war on their lives and their newfound peace of mind and purpose farming gives them.

Have questions, comments or ideas for topics? Get in touch with Leah.

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