Join us on Saturday, April 22, 2023, 8:30 am – 2 pm at PSU Farmers Market for Spring Wellness Fair.
Everyone is welcome to this free event highlighting community, local food, well-being, health and the Spring season.
Presented in partnership between Portland Farmers Market and Urban League of Portland, the Spring Wellness Fair will offering:
- Spring foraging presentation and recipe demo featuring seasonal produce by PSU Farmers Market vendors.
- Community organizations promoting well-being, sustainability, health & movement.
- Spring gardening advice from OSU Extension Service Master Gardener™ volunteers.
- Seed saving activity.
- Yoga, mindfulness exercise and activities for all ages.
- Live music.
All this is in addition to the usual farmers market fare!
Over 90 farm and food producers are scheduled to be at PSU Farmers Market on the day of the fair. Buy local seasonal produce, baked goods, made-to-order hot food, meat & seafood, mushrooms, vegetable starts, plants & flowers, spirits, and small-batch food products.
We are excited to partner with the Urban League of Portland to host this event highlighting community, local food, well-being, health and the Spring season.
One of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, the Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life to thrive across Oregon and SW Washington.
Urban League of Portland has been helping Black Oregonians activate civic empowerment and navigate complicated and unfair systems for over 75 years! They have consistently broken the mold when it comes to advocacy as one of the only nonprofits in Oregon to have a division that fights for change on a state level, and by taking matters into their own hands when it comes to housing vulnerable populations.
Stop by Urban League of Portland‘s booth to learn more and say hi at the Spring Wellness Fair!
Fair Exhibitors: Community Organizations
Multiple local nonprofits will be offering resources and information on health, nutrition, wellness, movement, housing, gardening, sustainability, and more for the entirety of the event!
- Big Village Coalition works to reduce youth and young adult substance abuse in the Portland area through: education, engagement, and advocating for policies and community norms that promote health.
- Bikes for Humanity PDX’s mission is to substantially increase public access to affordable and safe bicycles while empowering self-sufficiency in bicycle maintenance and commute. Basic bike repairs, maintenance and mechanical checks/education will be available for interested participants.
- El Programa Hispano Católico is a social service nonprofit that serves the entire lifespan to address the social determinants of health through education, housing, community wellness, and economic opportunities.
- Financial Empowerment Collaborative is a partnership between five Portland-area credit unions, Northwest Credit Union Foundation and the Urban League of Portland to foster financial empowerment in Portland’s Black community and provide solid pathways for participants on their path to economic and housing stability and wealth creation.
- Black Cultural Library Advocates (BCLA) / Multnomah County Library This team focuses on strengthening the connection between the Black community and Multnomah County Library. BCLA members connect people to services they need whether through the county or with outside organizations.
- Multnomah County SNAP Outreach provides help to individuals with inquiries about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Resources, information on guidelines, and requirements to apply for benefits will be available at the event.
- OSU Extension Service Master Gardener™ Program are volunteer educators, neighbors, and on-the-ground researchers who serve their community with solid science-based, sustainable gardening training and a love of lifelong learning. Volunteers will be available at the event to answer gardening questions. Look out for free vegetable seeds and information to support successful and sustainable gardening practices too!
- Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Pacific Northwest native plants emphasizing Oregon’s rare and threatened plants. They will have live plants & seeds for examination, provide resources, and answer questions regarding native plants, conservation, and gardening.
- Sisters of The Road works to alleviate material and emotional challenges faced in the day-to-day life of people experiencing the violence of poverty.
- Wild Diversity aims to help create a personal connection to the outdoors for BIPOC & the LGBTQ2S+ communities through adventures and education.
Fair Presenters & Schedule
- Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank and Plant Conservation Program will show shoppers how to nurture a fruitful connection with nature starting with a single seed. They will demonstrate accessible methods of native plant propagation from 9 am to 11 am.
- Sarah Marshall of Marshall Haute Sauce has been a PSU Farmers Market vendor since 2011, creating unique sauces and spice blends by sourcing local seasonal ingredients from farm friends. Sarah will showcase and sample a recipe prepared with seasonal produce from 9 am to 11 am.
- Jasmine Gadie, Urban League of Portland staff member, began practicing yoga in 2010 as a way to deeply heal the self and reconnect with the joy of life. With years of self-study combined with 200 hours of Ashtanga Yoga Teacher training and 100 hours of Yin Yoga training, Jasmine’s Drifting Root style emphasizes the beauty of movement and the power of stillness. Her practice is to be a drifting root, flowing through life with intention while holding onto the moment. Jasmine will conduct a yoga demonstration from 10 am to 11 am.
- Hugo Chang of Farm & Wild is a PSU Farmers Market vendor focusing on specialty produce and mushrooms grown or foraged on their farms and surrounding areas. Hugo will have a selection of freshly foraged items to show off and will be available to answer foraging questions from 10 am to 12 pm.
- ZaDora Williams, MSW, LCSW is a therapist, speaker, advocate for children and families, and workshop facilitator. She is passionate about challenging and reducing the stigma associated with mental and spiritual health and healing in Black communities. Zadora will be leading a mindfulness exercise from 11 to 12 pm.
- Live music around the market with a set by DJ Brit Abuya from 12 to 2 pm.
We hope to see you at the event!