Funding food diversity! Send Evan Gregoire from Boondockers Farm to Terra Madre.

Evan has been chosen as one of the US Slow Food delegates for Terra Madre,October 23-27 in Turin, Italy. Help raise funds for travel!
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Please help fund my way to Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto. 

I am honored to have been selected as one of the 240 US delegates to attend biennial Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto global food and farming conference hosted by Slow Food International from October 23-27 in Turin, Italy. This year the Terra Madre theme is food diversity as an alternative to industrial agriculture.

Terra Madre will give me an exceptional chance to build relationships and pull together ideas and knowledge with people from all over the world. Delegates from over 130 countries are chosen because they have something to offer through the scope of food diversity.

Why fund me? 

For over ten years now my ethos has been to educate myself about sustainable food production in order to help empower others while also being a full time farmer at Boondockers Farm in Beavercreek, Oregon. I found my second nature when I was in Eugene when I became a Master Gardener and unearthed a love for soil nutrition, biodiversity, permaculture methods, and community involvement. I soon recognized the necessity for a new generation of farmers.  On the farm, I now specialize in preserving heirlooms and open pollinated vegetables, flowers and heritage animals from the depths of endangerment and putting them all back on productive homesteads and farms.

Based upon my personal introduction to plants and animals when very young by my mom and grandparents, I strongly believe in cultivating a gardening interest in children throughout their childhood.  I enjoy teaching others of all ages about biodiversity, growing techniques, preserving foods, saving seeds and everything about heritage animals. I have been an adviser to many small and mid-size farmers and homesteaders who are engaged in raising heritage ducks and heirloom and open-pollinated vegetables. Holding workshops and classes on the farm gives me a chance to share my knowledge.

 I plan on staying on a farm and collecting seeds to be grown out in Oregon. I will offer these seeds the following season as I trial them out on the farm in Spring 2015. I also plan on doing some poultry research while I am there as well. I will be looking for innovative or old ways that we can implement in the Northwest and share with everyone. The climate is similar to Oregon and going to a similar area will be very helpful to getting some firsthand experience from a culture that has been raising animals and plants for thousands of years. My enthusiasm for educating about farming and sustainable food has given me the opportunity to take part in Terra Madre, and I expect it will increase my food perspective significantly.

I hope to gain as much information as I can, leave inspired, and come back home with profound admiration for the many food cultures that will be represented and many farmers with whom I visited.

What I'm asking for & what you will recieve

As a delegate, Slow Food Portland raises a little portion for travel and pays for conference admissions, meals and lodging at Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto.  Basically, the funds I raise will pay for my airfare to Italy, transportation and lodging to visit farms in Italy. The plan is to arrive before the conference and go in search for farms. If funding is surpassed I will stay longer and search for more seeds and poultry!

Donating comes with perks from all around the Willamette Valley in Oregon- Signed copies of informative sustainable farm books, Portland food and liquor, farm dinners, duck class, please choose one for donating!

Thank you so much to all donors for your amazing generosity, time and consideration in helping make this trip really feasible. Special thanks to Nicolette Hahn Niman, Author, Defending Beef - Nick Arnerich, Renata Restaurant - Tressa Yellig, Salt Fire and Time - Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Author, Farms of the Future - Chris Fredeen Douglas, Arugularium - Dudley Clark, Hard Times Distillery - Michael Wayne Barnett, Red Truck Homestead - Erika Reagor, Thrive NW - Erika Polmar, Plate to Pitchfork - Scottie Jones, Leaping Lamb Farmstay

Please spread the word!

Please help me get the word out by sharing this link with others you feel might wish to donate and please post it to your Facebook, Twitter or wherever!  Thank you so much! ~ Evan

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  • $10USD
    A thank you & a pack of seeds

    Everyone who donates will get a special thank you on my Terra Madre Blog and a pack of seed from the farm.

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  • $10USD
    Thrive NW Chicken Bowl

    Thrive NW mobile food truck in Portland serves incredible rice bowls from of different locations throughout the week. You will get a Slow Food Ark of Taste Delaware heritage chicken bowl gift certificate to redeem at the mobile food truck. Check out their current location @

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  • $20USD
    Plate & PitchFork shirt

    Plate to Pitchfork Shirt. Need something cool to wear for the summer? I love these guys for supporting the farms when they do the farm dinners. They really understand what a farmer has to go through to put food on the table. Check out the dinners they offer @

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    One Fork Farm Caramels

    Locally-sourced, artisan caramels handcrafted in small batches. Really good!! Check them out @

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  • $25USD
    Seeds from Italy Share

    Through my travel I will be collecting some culinary treasures. I will be growing out seeds collected to see how they do in Oregon. You will receive a share of the harvest from my growout. If I can collect enough I will send you some when I return in addition.

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    Dinner at Arugularium

    Outstanding crepes from all local in seasonal products. The restaurant is located in Sellwood in Portland. Check them out @

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  • $30USD
    Salt Fire & Time, Local Jerky

    You will get a pack of locally sourced grass fed Oregon Beef Jerky from Salt Fire and Time in Portland. They have some of the best locally sourced food products that are prepared with traditional culinary techniques that not only preserve nutrients but actually increase nutrient density and bio-availability. Check them out

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  • $30USD
    Duck Class in Portland

    Duck Raising and Instructional Slaughter Class in Portland @ Red Truck Homestead, Cully. Thank you to Red Truck for letting us use his homestead. We hope to bring more people into the duck world together! A three hour class In September, covering all bases you will need to get your ducks going and learn how to sustainably cull one for meat from your flock. Check them out @

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  • $30USD
    Righteous Porkchop, Book

    A signed copy of Nicole Hahn Nimans book, Righteous Porkchop. She offers necessary alternatives, showing how livestock farming can be done in a better way—and she details both why and how to choose meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, and fish from traditionally farmed sources. From an exceptional writer, farmer and sustainable meat advocate I have had a chance to meet.

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  • $30USD
    Farms with a Future, Book

    A signed copy of Farms with a Future, by Signed Rebecca Thistlethwaite. She been farming and teaching farmers for 17 years now. She said she wrote this book because she felt like there was a gap in the farming literature about business topics. A book to have if you are thinking about starting up your own farm.

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  • $40USD
    Set of Boondockers Jams

    4 of our amazing blueberry, apple butter, strawberry and many other interesting combos. Some of the best old varieties on the farm are used for these low sugar jams.

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  • $50USD
    Hard Times Distillery Liquor

    Hard Times Distillery is a Oregon local distillery in Monroe, Oregon specializing in the finest liqueurs and other handcrafted vodkas. You will get one bottle of either Appleshine, Wasabi Vodka, or the Blue collar vodka. All distilled in Oregon from the best sources of ingredients locally.

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  • $50USD
    Private Farm Tour

    Come be my guest and we will tour Boondockers farm and talk about management practices and diversity.

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  • $100USD
    Renata Restaurant Gift Cert.

    The last time Nick Arnerich was in Portland, he was 17, working the line at Wildwood. That was the late 90’s. A few decades later, Arnerich has returned to open his own Italian eatery, Renata, on the corner of Southeast Main and 7th Ave. Plans call for a rustic regional Italian menu, rotating in provenance with Oregon’s seasons, heavy on the pasta, and loaded with local Ancient Heritage Dairy (arguably Portland’s best cheese maker).

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  • $250USD
    Leaping Lamb Farmstay

    One night at Leaping Lamb Farmstay. If you dont know what a farmstay is you should. It is a chance to take the family to the farm and have a very intimate experience with nature and animals without having to own one. I remember visiting some farms in my childhood and those amazing memories are so vivid in my mind still. They run an amazing farm and beautiful farmstay in Alsea, Oregon. Even if you dont get this perk you should look them up!

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  • $300USD
    Plate to Pitchfork dinner

    Two tickets to the Plate & Pitchfork dinner Sunday, September 21 at Boondockers Farm ~This is for Dinner only~ Chef Alex Yoder of Olympic Provisions and Chef Chris DiMinno of Chris King Precision Components with wine from Illahe Vineyards

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  • $500USD
    Dine with a farmer

    Come be my guest at dinner. You will dine and talk your farming heart out. This perk comes with farm gift basket loaded with goodies. Dinner is Sunday, September 21 at Boondockers Farm ~Dinner and the Bike ride is optional. Chef Alex Yoder of Olympic Provisions and Chef Chris DiMinno of Chris King Precision Components with wine from Illahe Vineyards.

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