TwoJunes: Lisa Bell and Nicole Rees

A Fair Artisan Wage: Soldiers in the Sustainable Trenches-Part 3

Part 3: Operating an ethical, caring, much less sustainable, small business is a risky and difficult endeavor. Artisan production is by definition not a huge volume business. Small food business margins are very low. Providing employee insurance is a huge strain. Overhead is high. Quality ingredients cost more. That high price tag on an artisan […]

TwoJunes: Lisa Bell and Nicole Rees

A Fair Artisan Wage: Soldiers in the Sustainable Trenches-Part 2

Part 2: Despite the disparity between available funds and the cost of organic, sustainable food, a large proportion of the community of chefs and bakers here in Portland spend a huge portion of their not so huge income for quality food. They put their dollars where their hearts and stomachs lead them, and tend to […]

TwoJunes: Lisa Bell and Nicole Rees

A Fair Artisan Wage: Soldiers in the Sustainable Trenches

Part 1: Portland, Oregon, is a city on the cutting edge of food. We’ve got great restaurants and talented chefs, wine and beer to die for, excellent bakeries, chocolatiers and coffee roasters, and a wealth of natural riches provided by sustainable small farms, year-round farmer’s markets, and locally-owned sustainable grocers. We field an excellent and […]