Harry MacCormack workshops in Forest Grove

Nana Cardoon is a beautiful garden-based learning center serving the Forest Grove area.  Charlene Murdock and Richard White share a full range of food knowledge and experiences. Their programs and events draw upon their cultural histories while honoring their connections with peasant farmers around the world. You feel like you are in Italy when you step onto Nana Cardoon’s grounds. Richard and Charlene are excellent chefs so the food will be wonderful! We always love going to Nana Cardoon. Please join them.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


LIVING SOILS: Understanding Biology, Chemistry and Subtle Energies for Production of Nutrient Dense Foods

Sunday, June 29 – Instructor: Harry MacCormack  10-3pm

This workshop covers in 4 hours what it takes sometimes days to cover in other Soil Food Web oriented workshops. The material is essential to understanding how and why the dominant NPK paradigm and synthetic chemical practices work against a durable agricultural future. The microherd is our ally as we move away from inexpensive petroleum inputs. Cutting edge information is unique and guides informed organic and biodynamic practices. Soil tests showing the success of these techniques will be shared. Harry continues to promote what is still considered too controversial by those who embrace the conventional, even as that thinking is practiced in much of organic agriculture.
Sunday, July 13 – Instructor: Harry MacCormack  10-3

Harry has been working with grains, beans, and seeds on a homestead scale for 40 years. During the past 7 years the research plots at Sunbow Farm have been a large part of the drive to create the Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project. Some of the plot plantings have included black, pinto, soy, lentil, red and garbanzo beans, over-wintering peas, 3 rye varieties, 2 triticale varieties, 4 wheat varieties, 2 varieties of quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and sunflower and will all be demonstrated during this workshop.

Workshop Focuses:                                                                                                                             -Field preparation, rotations, moisture, temperature
-Over-wintering, advantages and disadvantages
-Varieties for Fall and Spring planting, some very old
-Nutritional measurements, the WSU work we participated in, and current measurements protein etc.
-How much is needed for a person, family, community: or how many pounds to expect from a 20’ x 20’ plot
-Harvest how to
-Threshing by hand and/or machine; machine designs
-Creative uses of beans, grains, seeds
-Potential community supported markets and storage

Sunday, July 27 – Instructor: Harry MacCormack  10-3

Harry MacCormack and Sunbow Farm have been saving seed from many varieties of plants for 4 decades. Homestead scale seed saving is challenging and fun.This class will cover what he has learned.

Workshop Focuses:
-Ancient Seed Saving Traditions
-Why save seed? (when it appears so much is commercially available)
-Open Source, open pollination; can hybrids be redeveloped?
-Planting your garden(s) for seed collection.
-Water(how much, how little) and other moisture concerns.
-Plant identification, marking, how many plants?
-Record keeping
-How to actually collect various kinds of seed
-Dry down tricks
-Cleaning: equipment you probably need and might already have.
-Tricks when processing various seeds.
-Establishing a seed collecting community.


FEE: $30 per person for each class. Cash or Check.
LOCATION: Nana Cardoon, Forest Grove, OR
REGISTER: contact Charlene Murdock  charlene@nanacardoon.com  Directions will be provided upon registration.
A beautiful lunch is provided for $5. Please indicate if you would like a lunch.


About creationsbybg

Beth and Graham met online almost 20 years ago and married in 2007. Planning for retirement has included finding more time to play again and creativity is blooming. Now that we have moved to Oregon our time is split between exploring and creative endeavors. What fun! Following several years enmeshed in the local food movement in West Virginia and active involvement in the establishment and running of a year-round indoor local food market, visiting farms and telling consumers about them is a work of joy.
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