Spawning young local food businesses
The Central Eastside neighborhood of Portland is the most dynamic business environment in the city. It has 1,200 businesses that employ 17,000 people in diverse occupations, from traditional manufacturing, automotive repair, distilleries, breweries, coffee houses, ice cream and salt manufacturing, restaurants, bars, and architecture firms. It includes both old and new: old-school small-scale manufacturing and warehousing, and new but affordable restored warehouses for IT and design firms.
BASE is working with Ecotrust, Opsis Architecture, and Urban Patterns to design The Redd on Salmon Street. This new venture will spawn young local food businesses and connect them to nearby farmers and well-managed farmland. Healthy people are not the end result of a value chain, but rather, part of a larger web of rural and urban life.
BASE has joined the integrated design team to activate the 2-block site with a landscape that celebrates food at its core. The outdoor area will be the an intersection of coffee, bikes, food carts, food producers, and good vibes.
Thanks to Food Corps, one of the tenants at the Redd, for the fun community planting day.
Images and some text are courtesy of Ecotrust.