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Nominate a 2013 Local Food Hero!

Since 2009, Edible Portland has recognized local food heroes for fostering Portland’s sustainable food culture. This year, Edible Portland will continue the tradition by honoring six outstanding members of the Pacific Northwest food and farming community with Local Hero Awards. We invite you to nominate those who exemplify high standards in their social and environmental practices, food sourcing, regional economic impact, and commitment to promoting a sustainable food system in the following categories: Farm, Restaurant, Food Artisan, Beverage Artisan, Nonprofit, and Retailer.

How to Nominate a Local Hero

Please submit your nomination by January 31, 2013 with the following information via email to lsadlou@bennington.edu:

  • Your full name, phone, e-mail and affiliation
  • Who you are nominating
  • Category of the nominee (Farm, Restaurant, Food Artisan, Beverage Artisan, Nonprofit, or Retailer)
  • Why they deserve to be recognized as a Local Hero (150-300 words). Please give specific examples.
  • If possible, please include anyone else who can attest to their candidacy for the award.


Voting and Award Announcements

In February, we will announce the top four nominees in each category and invite our broad community to vote for their 2013 Local Heroes. Winners will be announced at our annual Local Hero Award Ceremony, on March 21, 2013 at Ecotrust.

Previous Winners

2012 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards

Farm: Sauvie Island Organics
Restaurant: ¿Por Qué No?
Food Artisan: Springfield Creamery
Beverage Artisan: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Nonprofit: Adelante Mujeres
Retailer: People’s Food Co-op

2011 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards

Farm: Your Backyard Farmer
Restaurant: Bamboo Sushi
Food Artisan: Dave’s Killer Bread
Beverage Artisan: Vincent Family Cranberries
Nonprofit: Oregon Food Bank

2010 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards

Farm: 47th Avenue Farm
Restaurant: Burgerville
Food Artisan: Bob’s Red Mill
Beverage Artisan: HOTLIPS Soda
Nonprofit: Growing Gardens

2009 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: Viridian Farms
Restaurant: Nostrana
Food Artisan: Freddy Guys Hazelnuts
Beverage Artisan: Portland Roasting

4 Responses to “Nominate a 2013 Local Food Hero!”

  1. Hannah
    January 15th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Ayers Creek!

  2. Frosty Farm Update | working hands farm
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    […] Food Heroes.  Have you guys sent in your nominations for Edible Portland’s Local Food Hero?  Nominations are due by the 31st and they include these categories – Farm, Restaurant, Food […]

  3. susan ortloff
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Hands down, Ned Ludd restaurant. Owner Jason French not only consistently sources our pigs. he pulls on boots and visits the farm to actually see our operation. We even got him to try pig milk on April Fools day. lol. Curious, courteous and committed to local farmers. Briar Rose Creamery (503 537 7016) can vouch.

  4. Heather Havens
    January 30th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Have you considered more categories, related to local food/drink/production? How about: Educator, winemaker, brewery? Love your Mag, keep up the good work!

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