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Where will you be on Thursdays in July? There’s no better place than here at Ecotrust, where some of Portland’s best bands, great local food, frothy beverages and a bevy of local businesses all converge for our annual Sundown concert series and innovation showcase.

The music lineups are set and they’re killer. On July 5, we’ll kick off the series with indie rockers, Typhoon. Then on July 12 singer/songwriter Laura Gibson will follow The Grandparents, one of Portland’s hottest new bands. On July 19, it’s Holcombe Waller’s eclectic folks sounds, with Sarah Jackson-Holman opening. We finish off on July 26 with the punk folk rockers with Alaska roots, The Builders and the Butchers. Kelli Schaefer opens.

Each night, we’ll also be welcoming innovators large and small, from Green Mountain Energy and Zipcar to Portland Fruit Tree Project and Urban Gleaners to talk about the great work they do in the region in water, energy, food and forests. You can drop by their booths and connect with them.

Readings on the roof

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To warm up for July, we’re hosting some of our favorite recent authors for happy hour on our roof terrace, beginning this Friday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. with Katherine Gustafson. Gustafson will read from her new book about the national food revolution, Change Comes to Dinner, and we’ll serve up free cocktails from our partners New Deal Distillery and Hot Lips Soda.

On Tuesday, May 22 Food Fight author Dan Imhoff joins Rep. Earl Blumenauer here for what promises to be a lively discussion on the Farm Bill.

Watch this space for more author events this summer.

Hot off the blog

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We’ve been busy on the blog telling stories about inspiring projects and partners and big thinkers throughout the region and beyond. Check out some recent popular reads: a path-breaking fishing community in Sitka, AK; a group of young farmers, led by former Ecotruster Zoe Bradbury, shaking up the food world; a new Ecotrust blueprint for greening the urban growth we’re expecting all over the planet.

After our April newsletter, you spoke out about the Future We Want, part of the run-up to the UN’s Rio+20 Earth Summit in June. Those responses are also on the blog, part of what we hope is an ongoing conversation that informs our work and others building resilience around the world.


Ecotrust’s mission is to foster a natural model of development to create more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems. Learn more —›


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The spring 2012 issue of Edible Portland magazine, published by Ecotrust, is available now!

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JUNE 6: Speakeasy 721: A 1920s-themed evening of distillery pairings & music | 6pm @ The Natural Capital Center

Ecotrust hosts over 500 meetings, conferences and parties each year in our building. Book your upcoming event with us!


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We are thrilled to welcome our long-time partner, Organically Grown Company, back to the Sundown Series as our host on July 19 for headliner Holcombe Waller and a food-themed innovation showcase featuring many local food innovators like Dave’s Killer Bread/Nature Bake; Whole Foods Market, Urban Gleaners, Food Front, and the Portland Fruit Tree Project. Employee- and grower-owned, Organically Grown is the largest wholesaler of organic produce in the Pacific Northwest with Eugene and Portland, OR and Kent, WA locations and a proud supporter of regional organic farmers. Organically Grown Company’s trademarked LADYBUG brand represents nearly 40 growers in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Organically Grown is not your typical produce supplier. Not only does their passion for organic fruits and vegetables keep our markets stocked with fresh and delicious organic produce, but they are committed to operating their business sustainably in order to support the health and the wellbeing of our environment, communities, and local economies.

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