FULL: The Power of Our Food Choices 2/19

The Power Of Our Food Choices

With Lauren Ornelas

Friday Feb. 19
7-8:30 Pm
Free And Open To All, Everyone Welcome


This event is now full! 

Join Lauren Ornelas, executive director and founder of the Food Empowerment Project in Sonoma County, CA, for an educational presentation and community open discussion.  Lauren will share her experience and research on the following:

  • Working with farmworkers - what they endure in living and working conditions and facts from California, Oregon and Washington.
  • Increasing access to food particularly in communities of color, identifying barriers and solutions.
  • The ethics behind bananas, chocolate and other tropically sourced food
  • The difference and meaning behind food certifications like Fair Trade and others. 
  • Veganism and it's impact on the food justice movement.

We will talk about the power of our food choices, the social and food justice issues related to our everyday choices and how we can make a difference as consumers.  Free and open to all.  

About Lauren:

Lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. While lauren was the director of Viva!USA, she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and was the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. She also helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California.  She served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch her TEDx talk on The Power of Our Food Choices. Learn more about F.E.P.’s work and

Botanical Support for Pregnancy and Lactation 2/6

Botanical Support for Pregnancy and Lactation

(Class 2 of 3)

Saturday, February 6, 11-12:30pm

This class, botanical support for pregnancy and lactation, will cover which herbs are safe to use while pregnant and nursing and which to avoid. There will be some detail of common complaints as well, but please keep in mind that this is a sacred time in a woman’s life and it is best addressed by seeking individualized care.

Dr. Meghan Bennett is a naturopathic physician specializing in women’s health and offering
Holistic Pelvic Care TM. Dr. Bennett has a passion working to empower people to take control of their own health through natural medicine. In late 2015, Dr. Bennett will be joining Columbia Gorge Community Wellness in Troutdale, OR. She is a board certified naturopathic physician and a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Bennett is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. She is originally from the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan, where she earned her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Women’s Studies. In her spare time, Dr. Bennett enjoys running, traveling, cooking, crafting, and spending time with her husband, Shane, their son, Isaac, and their dog, Kasha.

Free and open to all. 

Click here to register, or call the co-op. 


Come get your hands dirty at Grow Portland!  

We will visit one of the community farming at Grow Portland and lend a hand to this amazing non-profit that strives to create direct access to locally grown food by creating more opportunities for urban gardening and urban agriculture.  



Meet at People's at 8:30am to carpool to Grow Portland.

Work Party! 9am - 12pm

Lunch 12-1pm 

Return to People's at 1:30pm

This event is free and open to all.  Space is limited - email to register. 

Your Body 101 - Tues. July 21, 7-8pm

In this class I aim to uncover for you the mechanisms of the human body. From top to bottom, we will discuss the systems that intelligently work in a synergistic way to make you you. With a focus on the digestive tract, while touching on the circulatory, nervous, endocrine, excretory and respiratory systems, we will explore the intricacies behind why the body responds the way that it does. As a Naturopath, my first goal is to empower people to understand the beautiful vessel in which they reside. This class will be informative, basic and fun, suitable for anyone wishing to learn more about their body. Free and open to all.

Led by Amy Johnson, ND of Blue House Holistic Health

Register here, or call People's.