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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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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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