The Durable Dish program at the Montavilla Farmer’s Market has been temporarily suspended.
Our IndieGoGo Durable Dish fundraising campaign did not receive enough donations to successfully fund. The monies received would have provided wages for two staff positions required to run the on-site operations of the program. Therefore, we regretfully inform you of the suspension of the Durable Dish Program until stable funding can be found. Donations for the DD program will be accepted at our info booth and will go to the program’s eventual funding. Each Sunday, we welcome over 1300 Market customers. If each person, in a single Sunday, donated $2, we could fund the program in a single weekend, for the whole season! We look forward to a continued conversation about Durable Dish and the value of sustainable eating onsite with our community.
We believe in doing everything we can to make the amount of trash we produce each week as small as possible at the Montavilla Farmers Market. That is why we have traded in disposable plates, forks and cups with ones that we can wash and reuse. Did you know that our trash ends up in a landfill in eastern Oregon? And that even our compostable waste ends up near Seattle? We think that’s silly. Farmers markets are all about keeping it local. Let’s keep our dirty dishes local too.
One Fork at a Time
Thanks to a grant from the City of Portland, Montavilla Farmers Market pioneered the durable dish program in 2009 — the first ever at an outdoor farmers market. During 15 market weeks of 2009 when we piloted the program, we were able to keep the equivalent of 1,796 paper plates, paper boats, and plastic clamshells; 393 plastic cups and lids; and 2,101 plastic forks out of the waste stream! Our 2010 season exceeded our expectations, with 4,012 plates, 4,695 forks, and 483 cups kept out of the waste stream!
Interested in Helping?
We’d love to have your support! Our award-winning Durable Dish program is entirely volunteer driven. We need many willing hands to make it run and ensure those plastic forks don’t come back! Email our Durable Dish Coordinator to help make this sustainability happen each market week (and have fun at the same time).
Thanks to our Durable Dish Partners
We would like to extend a very special thanks to Thatcher’s Restaurant for making their commercial dishwasher available to us. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to clean all those dishes!
7906 SE Stark Street Portland, OR 97215
Funded by a grant from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability.