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

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

Food Choices…Ours or Theirs?

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Why do we eat what we eat? How do we make our food decisions? Or, more important, who else is “helping” us make those food choices? As consumers of food, we really need to understand how we got to our … 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

President’s Cancer Panel Suggests Organic Foods!

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Scooped the New York Times Well, that is probably an overstatement. But, in my last post on April 26, I discussed the problems Monsanto is having, and the increasingly negative research around the herbicide, Round-Up. Well, on May 3, the … Read More

Show Me the Research

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It seems that for decades the conventional agricultural community responded to organic claims with “ show me the scientific research.” That, in fact, was what led me back to Oregon State University many decades ago. I was growing food organically … Read More

Pest Invasion Tests Sustainable Strategies

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Sustainability requires a careful, optimized use of a farm’s natural systems. Healthy soil, right plants in the right places, IPM strategies and diversity are all used in successful farms. It can and has worked. But, add an outside/alien invasive force…plant, … Read More

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