Category Archives: garden

What It REALLY Looks Like

Growing up I knew what a farm looked like. After all, it was in my story books.I grew up in the part of New Jersey which is NOT the Garden State…it is the paved state, so I had very little first … Continue reading

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Silly Me Smart Me

I did something silly at my age. I took a part time temp job, helping at Bethel Springs Farms north of Rickreall. The farmer, Michelle Burger, looked at me and asked me if I knew it was hard work. Oh, yes, … Continue reading

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The Signs Are Clear

Even if the sky is not.

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Learning the Land

Water rights, even before this time of climate fluctuation, has always been the key to successful farming in a place where summer rain is sparse. Finding 8.5 acres adjacent to the South Fork of the Yamhill River not only eased … Continue reading

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Food Porn

Oh my…..luscious bodies….eager to get my mouth on this!!   Or how about these?             Or these? Each of us gets excited by different things. Fresh produce definitely makes me feel…..HEALTHY! I feel very very … Continue reading

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Time to Smell the Flowers

Driving up to Marilyn and Brad Shaver’s land at the top of the Chehalem Ridge in Newberg provides some wonderful valley views but once you get on to their property the environment provides a different viewpoint. Wayward Winds Lavender Farm … Continue reading

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Passion In Action

There is a house close to the Linfield College campus in McMinnville where a very quiet and cheerfully determined revolution is taking place. David Keller-Rode and Alex Freeman have developed a plan to bring us healthy food.  David’s pathway started in … Continue reading

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Vibrant Passion

Take two young women from the city (one from Portland, one from San Francisco), add a course at Portland State University in Urban Farming, mix with concerns about the way food has become less healthy, season with hands-on learning combined … Continue reading

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Rising food prices? See if you Can Outsmart That!

The early blizzard last fall that killed thousands of cattle in the Midwest was the first news that we were in for higher meat prices. Then, this past winter, we heard that the drought in California will result in poor … Continue reading

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Teach a Person to Garden….and They Can Eat

With all the discussion about making local food available to communities there usually comes a time when those markets are criticized for being exclusionary.  Primarily because local food tends to be produced by small farmers, and small farmers do not … Continue reading

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