Final Focus…Neighborhood Farms Can Create Health, Community and Growth

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Well Patient Readers, if there are any of you left, one more try at this blog. So many changes since the last post (10 months ago!), but it all seems to be gaining focus. Our farm, with addition of a … Read More

Sustainable Hort Focus Moves to Plant Technology & Food

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All right, one more try… The late Richard Holbrooke gave an essential piece of advice for a question-driven life: Know something about something. Don’t just present your wonderful self to the world. Constantly amass knowledge and offer it around. It … Read More

Changes Affecting Horticulture, Both Bad & Good

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It was May when I last posted anything. Doubling our farm, taking over as manager of our local farmers market, and unexpected contract work meant no time to write. I am sure you assumed this site died a quiet death … Read More

Natural Alternatives to Turf

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My recent post on replacing turf with an edible landscape attracted many comments, especially through Linkin. While I prefer the use of edibles, I certainly realize not everyone wants to tend a food garden. Grasses and many natives are perfect … Read More

Wasted Yards to Mini-Farms

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Urban gardening continues to be an expanding trend. We are seeing more and more turf areas being replaced by some type of landscape, often food oriented. This does not break my heart. I feel most small yards (turf) are useless … Read More

Monrovia Falters…Industry Feels the Tremors

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Monrovia’s recent sales woes may indicate that a new marketing message is needed to revive a shell-shocked consumer. I now look back at my years working for the Oregon nursery industry and realize it may have been a Golden Age … Read More

Nursery Industry Explores Biodegradable Containers

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Plastic containers revolutionized plant production. Now a significant percentage of plants are grown in some type of container. At the retail level, containers not only hold plants and soil, but they have become a visual part of the marketing. Yet, … Read More

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