Thursday, December 31, 2009

GOATS ARE THE NEW CHICKENS - Willamette Week for 2010 predictions...

(left photo from article, right Nellie and Sebastian's first snow walk)

Thanks to Michelle at Pistil's for referring the reporter to me, who I then referred a bunch of goatie people for him to call. No idea it was about the 2010 prediction for goats to overtake Portland.

Speakin' of goaties... Neil drew our logo and started a drawing with the hen he made, riding a goat.. maybe we have to finish that. Maybe the hen is lonely.

Nellie and Sebastian have landed. They are ridiculously cute and we can see each other in the shop. The hens were aloof for a day, and now are friendly. Woodchips landed this morning for the pen and we put up the roof from our greenhouse to provide a nice dry area off the barn to scratch around in.

Tea breaks on the bench in the little barn, with the rain pitter patter on the roof, furry goats nuzzling, hens on adventure and the comforting smell of alfalfa. Happy new year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Small Farmer's Journal + Freedom TV

The most recent Small Farmer's Journal issue just landed, 'Fall 2009' with a warm caramel brown bull gazing softly at you... Articles to tuck in a cozy chair with: 'wild chill dill,' Cindy's Curds and Whey, Maintaining Biodiversity, Food Safety From The Ground Up, Apprenticeships and Cultivating The Market Garden With A Single Horse.

Freedom TV with Renee Kimball, just invited us to be on their public access show this past Sunday to talk about organic soil amendments and hens. It will re-air tonight, Wednesday 12/23 at 1pm on Ch. 22 and Friday 12/25 at 6pm on Ch. 23.

The Domestic Coop, was just in buying ingredients for their own feed blend. Tamsen Polley breeds beautiful Salmon Faverolles and Welsummers. She'll be posting a lot more photos of her birds this winter. This is Louie and his girlfriend Marie.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

USDA Hoop Houses at the White House

"Part of the goal of this initiative is 'to increase the availability of locally grown produce in a conservation-friendly way,' as stated in the USDA press release. It is unprecedented for the USDA to promote programs that help farmers produce year round, sustainable, local and regional food, marking a new era of leadership." See video here, which also announces their Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program.

The sun is out this morning like a groundhog... giving a very good sign for the lengthening daylight that starts today. Hens are very happy.

Friday, December 18, 2009

BOOKS! plus Urban Growth Bounty and Holiday Hours

The books are here!!! Neil finished making the first bookshelf Monday night with more of our salvaged materials, in time for the books landing by UPS Tuesday. It was very fun to unpack and sort them... We will make a BOOK link above so you can see the titles we've got in stock on gardening, cooking, permaculture, farming, compost & vermiculture, natural building and great narratives to curl up with. If you're looking for a book for your garden, cooking or farm book club, we can order them for you at a discount.

HUMAN POWER:
Most recent mind-boggling human power discount at the new shop:

1 Pine Shaving Bale in a standard messenger bag. Wow.

HORSES: We have Equis frequent buyer horse cards buy 10 and get one free. Golden Senior in stock and any other Equis or Triple Crown horse feed, just order by Friday and we'll have it the following Wednesday. If you are interested in Equis Organic, please let us know as they are waiting on enough interest before producing the feed. Equi-Lux Horse feeds, treats by Haystack Farms, C.O.B., Rice Bran and a variety of Timothy and Alfalfa Hay & Cubes.

Horses, Chickens & Fertilizer: Oregon Grown, non-gmo, cold-pressed Canola Meal and Linseed Meal (flax) coming in soon AND Oregon Grown, Certified Organic Soybean Meal !!! Organic Alfalfa Pellets and Cracked Corn are in and we're sourcing other grains. North Dakota Linseed Meal in stock now and regular Oregon and Washington grown Barley, Wheat, Oats. Round Butte's great Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. Yeast: Brewer's and Diamond V XP and XPC. Great for making your own feed and scratch. Vita Royal equine supplement packs in the new year.

Tour de Coop 2009 t-shirts are on sale for $7, all proceeds benefit Growing Gardens and chicken shirts by Independence Gardens, too. Gift Cards available and you can pay by phone and get them by mail or stop in.

URBAN GROWTH BOUNTY: Upcoming 2010 Classes are online and facebook. "You’ll find more vegetable production classes, advanced chicken and bee sessions and a cornucopia of cooking courses. This year’s Bounty adds great instructors, new venues, and a wealth of information to help you grow and enjoy food that’s good for you and the planet. " Register online with the City of Portland, at each class link.
I am teaching a Chickens 101 and an Advanced 201 with Lisa Ewing from the Avian Medical Center. Also, two sessions of Organic Amendments, Fertilizer and Cover Crops classes. More chicken workshops for PCC this spring, too.

*** REVISED ***
Holiday Hours: We will be closed Christmas Eve through Monday, January 4th, opening back up Tuesday, January 5th. Getting a few extra days of projects, organizing and ordering in so we are all ready for you in the new year! If you ever have a feed emergency during the holidays, please email us and we will try to help. We hope you have a wonderful Solstice, the days are about to start yawning and stretching back out! : )

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mid-December Update

PRODUCTS: The warehouse and all our outdoor covered spaces are stocked with over 75 pallets containing over 325 different items, including potting soil, compost, mulch, perlite, pumice, worm castings, organic fertilizer, soil amendments, feed, salt, bird seed, straw, hay and more. We will have a full catalog online in pdf form, please call or email for pricing in the meantime.

We are working with ODA's Feed & Fertilizer Departments to properly bag smaller sizes, so that we can continue to bring you many of your favorites, in sizes ranging from 1 lb to 50 lbs, on up to multiple pallets. Our scale is registered and rarin' to go.

BOOKS: Our first big book order is migrating west from Chelsea Green in Maine, to land here on Tuesday, December 15th.... lots of wonderful winter reading : ) We're also working on our lending library with farm & garden books & dvds. We're interested in any items you'd like to lend to the library, and your ideas.

GOATS: Soon to be joining our herd, Nellie and Sebastian with me and Anna in the spring. Neil is working on finishing their barn by the end of the month... it has a roof, floor, sleeping caboose, nest boxes and is all pink primer right now and will be red and brown, with a bit of pink. The ladies are still in the Temporary Bunker Coop and like their midday refresher of warm water from the tea pot and a seed snack.

We may adopt a couple of pygoras from Applebright Farm to live here with Anna's (see the kids to the right). Muddles, the sweet bottle-fed boer goat whose photos we had up, will be staying on with his people at Brookside Farm. Mona, the Mini Lamancha from Going Goaty moved into the neighborhood around 50th and Division and is being bred by her new owner.

READING:
OSU Small Farms Newsletter, Dairy Goat Journal and Backyard Poultry for some good winter reading. Sheep theme anyone?

COFFEE CREEK DONATIONS:
edible PORTLAND Winter 2010 issues are here! There's a great article about the Coffee Creek Garden project that I helped out with soil test analysis and amendment donations this spring. The Lettuce Grow Garden Foundation will be moving on to start gardens in other prisons in Oregon. Debbie Rutt and Sherrie Barger will be staying on to support the plants and women of Coffee Creek and we are helping by collecting donations for them this winter by cash, check (to 'Coffee Creek Garden Fund') and credit, to use in any way they need this spring. They are working on a website for the garden. *The ad in Edible has our old phone and address as it went to press before our new lease; mail will forward, but please note our new phone number and address above. (photo of inmate Wanda Taylor and volunteer Debbie Rutt in the foreground, photo by John Valls)

We are also collecting donations for Multnomah County CROPS Farm, who we helped in a similar way this spring and Farmer Dan Bravin and his crew and volunteers also had an awesome first growing season. (beet and turnip photo)



HENS: Three hens are legal in Gresham! We heard from Tina Osterink with Natural Resources Planning of Gresham at the Sellwood / Moreland neighborhood SMILE meeting earlier this month - serious matters, very charming people. (photo by Hen Power)

Reminds me of this trailer I've been meaning to post... The Chicken Revolution: The Struggle to Legalize Urban Hen-Keeping in Salem, OR - a documentary by Barbara Palermo..... may it brighten your chilly weekend.

I will be teaching workshops for Urban Growth Bounty and PCC this spring and hosting more at our shop. We'll add the dates to our online calendar.

Start making plans in your 2010 Zenger Farm: Eastside Egg Cooperative Calendar! Proceeds benefit Zenger Farm. Can you resist these ladies?

THANK YOU! We would like to thank all of the neighbors and friends who have been coming by with so much kindness and excitement. Your support is amazing. We are grateful to be in this neighborhood on this particular piece of ground, getting to meet all of you.

We also want to thank our vendors for helping us build up our inventory and expand our product line.

Special thanks to:

- Cara Nolan with Capacity Commercial, our realtor, who worked very hard for us since late May with very unique parameters and strongly believed in finding us the right place.
- Les Schwab, for reading our two page love letter about this site and giving us the opportunity to be here and lease it while they explore their possibilities.
- Our attorney, Scott Caplan and our Accountant, Ed Culp, both have helped us quickly and smoothly sort out all the details of becoming a family owned company.
- Sky Wolfe, our agent with Gales Creek Insurance, he was referred to us by Oregon Tilth and put together a great package to cover all of our insurance needs from worker's comp to property coverage.
- All of our friends who have helped with moving, building projects, beginning the garden, visiting with treats, talking us off ledges and providing encouragement. We could not be on this journey without you.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December 8th - InFARMation (and Beer!): Put your time where your "mouth" is!

Organic beers are $2.50 all night thanks to Roots, and the Water Tower Bucket Boys will be bringing some great live music to round out the evening.

Celebrating harvest and your thoughts. Also highlighting, "small non-profits in the area who are working on food and farm issues of one sort or another. Around a dozen different groups will be set up at InFARMation with information and materials, and specific volunteer opportunities that you can sign up for. It's a great opportunity to personally take steps to help change the food system, in addition to all the concientious consumerism that you practice.

InFARMation (and Beer!) runs from 5:30-8:30, and we will start with the speakers between 6 & 6:30 this time, so come early, stay late. Admission is always free. More information and logistics can be found here: http://www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org/?page_id=601." You can also contact Michele Knaus michele@friendsoffamilyfarmers.org