Author Archives: Katie

Happy summer!

Yesterday was the summer solstice — technically, I believe we reached our apex of the year’s travel around the sun sometime right around Casey and my bedtime (9:30ish). As I pulled closed our curtains at bedtime, I looked out at … Continue reading

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The tide

A farmer neighbor often passes me in his truck when I’m out on my early morning runs and sometimes he stops to say hi. Today he rolled down his window and said just one thing: “Katie, it’s cherry season.” Then … Continue reading

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The year’s learning

We’re wrapping up our “school” year next week, and I’ve been reflecting on all that’s been accomplished and learned this year that Rusty was a first grader and Dottie a preschooler. Now that I’m back in the land of the … Continue reading

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Putting in the garden

Most years, we aim to plant our main season crops over time — a little here and a little there, as ground and transplants are ready. However, the extended wet and cold spring of this year has forced us to … Continue reading

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Update on our visit to OSU

As I mentioned in last week’s CSA newsletter, Casey and I had an appointment last Friday at Oregon State University to address their existing marijuana policy, which excludes all extension agents from working with legal marijuana growers in Oregon (it … Continue reading

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A new frontier

Casey and I are driving down to Corvallis on Friday for an important (and perhaps surprising) meeting. We will be talking with someone at Oregon State University (OSU — Oregon’s land grant ag school) about their existing policy to not … Continue reading

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What’s on our minds

What’s on our mind this week? A smattering of random things … summer plans for all (swimming lessons, mornings at the river, day camps, hikes) … all the plants that we need to transplant in the coming week (onions! summer … Continue reading

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Spring work

Spring is bursting with activity here on the farm! Now that the warm, dry weather has begun, we’ve been scurrying around making up for all the lost time from earlier spring. On this week’s list: more ground prep of various … Continue reading

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Warmth for today at least!

It’s happening! The sun is out! The high on our porch today hit 84° — the highest temperature we’ve had out here by far this year, breaking yesterday’s record-setting (at that point) 73°. The plants aren’t sure how to respond. … Continue reading

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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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