Category Archives: Weekly CSA Newsletters

More on the topic of rain

In regards to last week’s newsletter about the incessant rain, I have some numbers to share with you this week. I learned in this article that today marks the 146th rainy day in the Portland area since October 1. This … Continue reading

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Rain, rain go away

Let me open this newsletter with a list of all the things I am grateful for this spring: I am grateful for five high tunnels in which to plan and grow crops … for two well established orchards that will … Continue reading

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Sources of empathy

Along with many Americans, Casey and I have been playing closer attention to politics in the last year than we did in prior years. I’m sure we would have benefited from closer attention to such things earlier, but for us … Continue reading

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More of the quarry story

Several times in recent weeks, we have been approached by people who have questions about the relationship between farms and pressure from the aggregate industry (or other potential conflicting uses of farmland). Apparently, word has gotten out that we have … Continue reading

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Preventing plastic at pick-up

It came to our attention last week that the McMinnville City Council recently approved a so-called “bag ban.” We were fortunate to have a conversation with one of the bag ban authors and promoters later that same day to learn … Continue reading

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Remembering and savoring

Each year, spring takes me a little by surprise. Sometime mid-winter, I just forget what is possible. I forget how green green can be. I forget about the rousing choruses of bird song at dawn. I forget the spicy savory … Continue reading

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Surprising signs of spring

Spring begins this coming Monday, and this year the season has not been quick in arriving. I feel like in Oregon, we often see signs of spring well before the equinox that marks the season on our calendars — crocuses … Continue reading

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Tree planting therapy

Hello, friends. In this week’s newsletter, I want to share with you two quotes that I know I have shared here many times before. They are favorites of mine, and this winter they have both been as relevant as ever … Continue reading

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On a roll now

We’re on our third week of the CSA already! It’s amazing how quickly we got back into the weekly rhythm of the farm after a longer than usual break. It feels good to be back on a roll like this. … Continue reading

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What the winter has brought

I keep just a few items on the windowsill behind my standing desk in my office, one of which is a falling apart book my grandmother Dorothy gave me years and years ago. It was originally given to her, and … Continue reading

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