Worm bin harvesting tips & tricks

Vermicomposting is HOT! And I don’t mean temperature-wise: in fact, my most recent harvesting experience (which I’m about to share with you, step by step) was a rather chilly one, considering the fact that I was doing the job in the garage during recent snowy weather... In any case, using red wriggler worms to turn

By | March 1st, 2011|Garden information, Stories|2 Comments

Permaculture in YOUR garden (and life!)

On Tuesday, for the first time, we taught a class called "Permaculture in YOUR Garden (and Life!)." It was a small but mighty class, and a whirlwind: condensing information from the 72-hour certification course into a 1.5-hour 101 was a challenge, to say the least. And since it's clear that the material we present and

By | February 10th, 2011|Stories|0 Comments

Taking action on food policy in Multnomah Co.

In Multnomah County, citizens working to promote healthy, local food have a new set of tools at their disposal. The release of the Multnomah Food Action Plan was celebrated on Thursday by Multnomah County Commissioners and staff, food-focused organizations, and other community members, ourselves happily included. For our part, we signed on to the Declaration

By | January 29th, 2011|Food policy, Local food|0 Comments

Sustainable business policy

I (Karen, but of course) am thrilled to be participating in my first VOIS Board meeting this afternoon...as a Board member! The VOIS Alliance (Voice for Oregon Innovation and Sustainability) is an exciting new organization that brings sustainable Oregon businesses together to make sure that state and local-level policies make it the natural choice to

By | January 20th, 2011|Stories, Sustainable business|0 Comments

Native plants in the edible garden

The most basic question when it comes to edible gardening is this: What is an edible garden? Our generic answer is a little too simple: A garden with edible plants, of course! But there’s another key question lurking behind the surface of the first: Edible...for whom? Our answer to that takes us deep into garden

By | January 1st, 2011|Garden information|0 Comments

Choose to use sustainable garden tools

This past Saturday, we were delighted to collaborate with Barbara from the One Stop Sustainability Shop and Glenda from Tomboy Tools to host a sustainable garden tool party. What, you wonder, is a sustainable garden tool? Based on our conversation during the gathering, I can offer the following suggestions for the elements of

By | December 7th, 2010|Garden information|1 Comment

Food & gardening orgs in 2010 WW GiveGuide

We like the Willamette Week Give Guide. Lots of the food & gardening-related organizations we work with, refer to, and greatly appreciate are represented in this year's guide, and we like to make sure they're supported by the community--ourselves included! Here's a shortlist of food and garden-related non-profits in the Guide, organized by the category

By | November 22nd, 2010|Upcoming events|0 Comments

Music in & around the garden

I was flipping through radio stations the other evening and bumped into the 8 @ 8 on 94/7.  The theme was "In and Around the Garden," so I listened! And I thought I'd share. I'm not 100% sure about the selection process, but here's the list of songs they played, and a choice lyric or

By | November 8th, 2010|Stories|0 Comments

Why Chicken Shi(r)t?

It's been a long time coming, and now the time has come: a post about the meaning of the Chicken Shirt! OK, I don't want to get your hopes up--at least too far up--because what I'm about to provide is merely one suggested interpretation. Yes, it's the creator's interpretation, which might seem to

By | October 25th, 2010|Chicken Shirts, Stories|2 Comments

Food for thought

This afternoon, I attended “The Food Eater’s Dilemma” -- the first panel discussion of Lewis & Clark’s 2010 Environmental Affairs Symposium. Presenters included Camas Davis of Portland Meat Collective, PSU professor Betty Izumi, Blake Van Roekel of Slow Food Portland and Good Keuken, and OSALT’s Will Newman. The first piece of news shared during the

By | October 12th, 2010|Local food, Stories|0 Comments