Small-business Happenings for November 28, 2012

By Observer Upload November 28, 2012 01:45 pm

‘Pure Beef’ author to sign books, give tasting 

Lynne Curry, author of  “Pure Beef,” is giving a tasting demonstration and book signing event at Bella, 1216 Adams Ave., on Friday. 

Her recipes will feature Sexton Grass Fed Beef, and Dick Sexton will also be on hand to talk about grass farming in Eastern Oregon.  

Leonard and Leslie Brown, owners of Ellanelle Winery in Milton-Freewater, will be pouring samples of their new cabernet sauvignon as well. 

Meet the author, rancher and winegrower from 4 to 6 p.m. 

 Curry is a professional cook and food writer whose work has appeared in Saveur, The Los Angeles Times, Fine Cooking and among many other publications. A former vegetarian, she learned to love grassfed beef when she relocated from Seattle to Wallowa Valley in Eastern Oregon. She is the author of the new cookbook, “Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut” (Running Press). For more information, visit


Conservation easements workshop slated Thursday

A free workshop on conservation easements will take place Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Community Connections, 702 N.W. First St., in Enterprise

Conservation easements are a valuable tool for landowners who wish to protect their land for future generations. A  two-hour session will give a brief introduction to basic conceptual and legal underpinnings of easements, their scope, flexibility and types of organizations that hold conservation easements.  

The workshop will look at a local example, with Julia Lakes of the Wallowa Land Trust talking about their mission, the conservation opportunities they seek and how they work with landowners to explore and establish an easement. Local landowner Woody Wolfe, who has an easement on his property, will share his thoughts on the process. 

The workshop is sponsored by Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, Wallowa Land Trust, OSU Austin Family Business Center and the U.S. Forest Service. 

 For more information, contact Julia Lakes,  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 541-426-2042.


NEOEDD conducts survey about livable communities

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District is conducting a public survey about the top 10 attributes of successful regional communities. 

These ten attributes are based on the 20 Keys to Rural Community Survival developed by the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. Gathering public perception about these 10 attributes will provide a sense of what the community thinks about the strengths and weaknesses of this region.  

NEOEDD will be preparing a strategic regional economic development plan for the next five years and this information will be incorporated into the planning process.  

One can complete the survey online at (ctrl + click on the website to take the survey) or stop by the Wallowa County Chamber office for a paper copy.  Paper copy surveys should be turned in to the Wallowa County Chamber office before the end of November.