Friday, June 26, 2009

HOT July + so much goodness!

I'm teaching an Advanced Chicken Workshop at my coop with Lisa Ewing from the Avian Medical Center on Monday, July 13th from 6 to 8pm. Contact Growing Gardens if you'd like to sign up!

It is HOT today and predicted in the 90's through Saturday in Portland. This morning I hooked up a fan for our chickens, put up shade cloths and watered the run down. We've got a lot growing up around their run, but it's not as shady as they'd like. Lots of cool water and dust bath is looking luxurious. I hope they stay calm. The birds can get serious heat stress with temps over 85, though the dry air here helps. I have heard of more losses in hot weather than in the coldest. Here's the Backyard Poultry summer tips again.

Survey results are rolling in, about 100 per week and we just picked our third winner (entries get jumbled in a feed sack). Winners so far are Dana, Robin and Michael. Mary is detailing all the results each week. The online survey monkey version is a bit quirky.. but works and they've been coming in by fax and snail mail, too. Thank you! We'll give a preview of results in progress in July and probably keep this going until we know our new spot. There are a lot of people who don't know yet or don't come in at this time of year and we really appreciate all of your thoughts.

The building search feels like it will take time. We've looked at many warehouses in SE and N/NE and though we feel our needs are rustic and modest, it's a trick to find them all in one affordable, centrally located spot. In the meantime, we're planning, processing your feedback and will keep you posted!

OSU Small Farms Newsletter: Summer 2009 is out. Read it online and enjoy.

In Good Tilth
is also here! It's filled with so much good reading to lay back and hide under a tree with. And maybe some rosewater lemonade...

1000 friends of Oregon = Learn more about Rural & Urban Reserves on their site and also check out Metro to see maps, fill out a survey and get involved. I'm writing a letter in support of rural reserves to protect farmland in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties from future urbanization. Every voice counts. If you're reading this, I know you have an important opinion.

iFarm was just covered in an Oregonian Food Day section article - very cool!

FOOD Inc. - saw it at Cinema 21 (only through July 2, see prev. post) and even if you already nerd out to all the films and books related to the food industry and farming.. you will want to see this film. Joel Salatin on the big screen... The worker issues are very troubling, as are the many layers of what Monsanto is capable of and allowed to do to farmers, seed related companies and our food!!! Entertaining, eye-opening starting point for new people who are about to have lots to think about... And peeking at their blog, I came across a new film the guys who made King Corn are working on: Truck Farm. Rooftop gardening techniques in the back of their pickup.

Monsanto According to Monsanto. They have their own blog. I can't disparage any horses' mouths here. Get some 'schtuff' straight from their best team of spinners. If you see the film, the link above is their response about Mo Parr. My blood is boiling. I get off the internets soon.

Speaking of MONSANTO, Jeffrey Smith, the author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, will speak at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at the Buckley Center Auditorium at the University of Portland. His talk is entitled “The Documented Health Dangers of Genetically Engineered Foods” and there will be a question and answer session following his talk.

Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC) - visit labor camps in Woodburn, Oregon. The tours will be lead by FHDC and are scheduled to take place on July 18th, 2009 from 8:30am to 12pm. Gather at 1274 Fifth Street Suite 1-A Woodburn, Oregon. A light breakfast will be provided. Please contact Jaime Arredondo to register!

--- okay, biking over to an Urban Ag group of the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council and will finish writing tonight. The next FPC meeting is July 8th at City Hall and open to the public ---

Small Farms Conservancy

Baby Crow adventures