Articles by Kyle Curtis

Kyle Curtis
Kyle Curtis received his MPA in sustainable food policy from Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government in 2010. Kyle has helped manage the Montavilla Farmers Market in southeast Portland, served on the steering committee of the Multnomah Food Initiative, and was recently appointed to the Portland-Multnomah Food Policy council. Kyle is interested in how food access and equity issues interact with to develop a strong economy and build healthy communities. Kyle lives in a small house in Montavilla with his wife, two small daughters, and an apple tree that covers the backyard each summer.
When The Big One Comes, Will You Have Enough Food?

Steps Portlanders Can Take to Ensure An Emergency Food Supply

Steps Portlanders Can Take to Ensure An Emergency Food Supply

The Big One is coming. The Pacific Northwest is overdue for a cataclysmic earthquake, one that will measure at the upper end of the Richter scale. This is something that most experts can agree on. Of course, nobody knows when the Big One will actually occur, or just how destructive it will be. Portland residents may be lulled by talk of taking emergency precautions to prepare themselves for a large, destructive more...

How Portland Neighbors and Business Owners Can Reduce Food Waste

Food waste is a problem that escapes the attention of even the most food-obsessed locavores. You may think of food waste as scraps leftover from a home-cooked meal or the uneaten portion of food scraped from your plate at a restaurant, but it actually refers to the now-black rainbow chard or fuzz-covered raspberries sitting in your fridge and the day-old muffins at your neighborhood bakery that are tossed in the more...

Prudent Management and Decision-Making Benefits Everyone

How CSA Growers, Subscribers Can Bolster Alternative Food Distribution Effort

How CSA Growers, Subscribers Can Bolster Alternative Food Distribution Effort

Ever since community-supported agriculture (CSA) was introduced in the United States in the 1980s, it has provided an integral alternative method of food distribution that connects growers directly to consumers. CSA subscribers may not think too much about the machinations of running and managing a CSA: A seasonal payment is made, a weekly share is collected, and that's about it. What might surprise subscribers more...

Overcoming Barriers Is Easier With the Right Connections

How to Transform a Vacant Lot Into a Thriving Community Garden

How to Transform a Vacant Lot Into a Thriving Community Garden

The census tract where Neighborhood Gardens, a 5,000-square-foot cooperative garden, is located had a poverty rate of 24 percent from 2005-09, more than double the estimated 11.7 percent poverty rate for the metro area during those years, according to Portland State University's Institute of Metropolitan Studies. Located in one of Portland’s food deserts, notwithstanding the presence of multiple corner more...

Three of Portland's Newest Farmers’ Markets Provide Some Helpful Tips

Ingredients of a Successful Farmers’ Market

Ingredients of a Successful Farmers’ Market

As Portlanders, we love our farmers’ markets. With 21 markets in the city and nearly double that throughout the metro region, the appeal of farm-fresh food as well as the opportunity to interact with our comestible producers makes our markets a place to come together as a community, socializing while supporting local and eating healthy. But, is it easy to start a neighborhood farmers’ market? Does each more...

Growing Your Own Food is One Step Towards Reducing Your Cost of Living

Gardening Options for Portlanders Lacking Space and Money

Gardening Options for Portlanders Lacking Space and Money

There are some lifestyle choices that might seem more “Portlandish” than others. Riding around town on a fixed-gear bicycle, for example, or getting together with friends to drink handcrafted, limited-release, imperial microbrews. Although supplementing one’s diet with homegrown food is not unique to Portland, this list would not be complete without the inclusion of gardening. Think about the last more...

Are You Able to Intervene and Get Them the Help They Need?

How to Help Portlanders (Close to You) Suffering from Hunger

How to Help Portlanders (Close to You) Suffering from Hunger

Portlanders are a generous people, constantly seeking opportunities to volunteer, help others, and improve their community. Consider the role that Friends of Trees has in keeping Portland green, or the fact that Hands on Greater Portland provides daily volunteer opportunities with 300-plus partner organizations throughout the Portland metro area. According to a recent story in the Portland Tribune, Portland ranks more...

Food Carts Flourished Under a Largely Permissive Regulatory Structure

Will Increased Regulation Negatively Impact Portland's Food Cart System?

Will Increased Regulation Negatively Impact Portland's Food Cart System?

Portland loves its food carts—there’s no doubt about that. While there might be differences of opinion regarding the “best” food cart in town—it’s hard to compare the fishy chips of EuroTrash to the breakfast offerings at The Big Egg—there’s certainly no question that the city’s food cart scene is embraced by the city’s foodie culture as a distinct element more...

A Closer Look at Portland’s Local Food System

Under a cold gray sky on the first day of spring, Jeremy O’Leary apologizes for the appearance of his backyard garden. “It looks about as good as you can have it after spreading three yards of compost,” says O’Leary, a Multnomah County employee who is involved with Transition PDX and also helped the City of Portland develop its Peak Oil plan. In his Centennial neighborhood backyard, more...

Installation Blocked Due to Revenue Concerns

Healthy Vending Machines Coming to Portland State—or Not?

Healthy Vending Machines Coming to Portland State—or Not?

It’s a daunting task to reform the current food system into one that is more sustainable and just. Where do you begin? Unnecessary agribusiness subsidies, or protecting family farmers, or combating the marketing of over-processed, high-calorie, sugary snack foods? For Portland State graduate student Amanda Peden, the answer was the school’s ubiquitous snack vending machines. “[We] saw a public more...