Martha Stewart and Urban Farming

[This is a guest post from our good friend Lindsey about a voting opportunity, in case you’ve gone into withdrawal since the election.]

In Portland, Laura Masterson of the 47th Avenue Farm is an urban farmer and advocate for local food, food security, and soil management. This year she is on the Multnomah County ballot as a candidate for East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Director, Zone 2. I found out about this from my friends in Portland who enthusiastically voted for her.  [She ran uncontested and won handily.]

Well, I just heard that, in addition to running for office, she’s also one of 11 finalists (all female entrepreneurs or activists, it looks like) for something called the Dreamers into Doers Award, which is sponsored by the website. It’s a $10,000 award.  For those of us who don’t live in Multnomah County, this is a way that we too can cast some kind of a vote for Laura and show support for the causes she represents.

You can vote once a day until voting closes on November 18.  Unfortunately, voting requires making an account on, but I imagine some of your readers could spare the five minutes to make an account and vote, or leave a comment of support for her there.  Here’s the URL:

From there, one has to click “meet the finalists”, then click “vote” next to Laura’s name. If not signed in, you’ll be asked to register/sign in at that point.


Lindsey Kuper, Rock Star in Training this!

3 Responses so far »

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    Lindsey Kuper said,

    November 12, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

    Thanks, Maggie!

    (At the moment, with 931 votes, Laura remains solidly in third place out of the eleven finalists, and she’s probably not going to win the award. But it definitely doesn’t hurt to vote. Let’s see if we can put her over 1,000.)

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    Will said,

    November 12, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    In any case, she won the more important election!

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    Jessica said,

    November 13, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

    How am I just now realizing that Martha Stewart has a website?
    I’ll totally sign up and vote. I’d sign up and not vote.

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