Thanks for taking the time to find out a little more about us! We are a small, yet very dedicated group that work at making PFE better every day. Please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions or ideas on how to improve the website. We look forward to speaking with you!
How it all started
Organic veggies for your fresh eggs. Sound good? You're not alone. Thanks to the exciting launch of a new website, Portlandfoodexchange.com, local gardeners now have a convenient means of bartering food. Portland resident, Brian Connelly, along with a few other friends came up with the idea about a year ago. "I've been trading extra garden vegetables and veggie starts for a few years now and felt that we really needed an easier way to exchange food here in Portland" says Connelly. "We've all used various classifieds and community bulletin boards with limited success. Portland Food Exchange is a simple, yet very effective means for people to barter food in our community."
With some the most successful community gardens, farmer's markets, and green growing practices in the country, Portland seems like the perfect match for their idea. Portlanders seem to require this kind of forward thinking. The concept makes perfect sense and the timing could not have been better with urban gardening on the rise.
The site currently has five main categories; Vegetables & Fruit, Seeds & Starts, Herbs, Eggs/ Cheese/Milk, and Other. Your listing includes up to four photos and the best part is that it is free of charge. The site also has plans to partner up with a local food bank to help people find the best place to donate food if they can't work out a trade on the website. "The site is about building a community. Our mission is to maintain a community based food exchange focused on natural, organic and sustainable farming practices. We invite everyone to join us on this exciting journey to promote a longer, healthier and more positive lifestyle," says Connelly.
Nettle pesto, farm eggs, goat cheese, whole grain bread and Texas longhorn cattle beef. These are some of the recent ads users have posted on the site. Urban gardening has seen explosive growth in the last few years and the website is just another way to tap into local sustainable food options. Connelly asks "Who likes buying groceries from big grocery chain stores? With so many people growing their own food in Portland, it just makes sense to trade with your neighbor." We think so too.
Meet our team...
Terra - Grassroots and gardening guru
Terra has more gardening experience than the rest of our team combined. She's managed a few Portland garden centers and happens to have a pretty nice veggie garden at her home. Terra also focuses on grassroots efforts for PFE by spreading the word at various farmer's markets and local gardening groups. She also gives the site good karma.
Christopher - Art and design manager
Christopher is a rock star, literally. When his band, Water and Bodies, isn't playing a gig, Christopher likes to create sophisticated artwork for Portland Food Exchange. He's pretty darn good with Photoshop and whatever else he can get his hands on. Christopher keeps PFE easy on the eyes.
Kyle - Marketing and social media manager
Kyle is a man with a plan. Kyle's focus is to introduce as many people in Portland as humanly possible to PFE. He loves fiddling around with sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. He's also pretty darn good at getting folks excited about things. We're all glad to have Kyle onboard since most of us aren't really sure what Twitter is.
Brian - Site owner and administrator
Brian is a web geek. He owns more domain names than he can count and has created so many websites that he's basically lost track. Brian's main focus is keeping Portland Food Exchange functioning correctly. He also runs a local website design company called Smart Web Production which makes some pretty sweet sites. Brian and his wife stay busy with an awesome community garden plot in SE Portland.