Friday, February 26, 2010


Terra Farma just brought in a stack of books to kick start our future lending library! They are also looking for a farm worker as the neat farmer they hired on had to head home for a family emergency. They have hens, vegetables and dairy goats in Corbett, just 20 miles east of Portland.

Master Gardener Pam Garten, who writes the garden column for Growing Gardens, has offered to help us set up the lending library as we get more books in. Let us know if you want to contribute.

Organic liquid fish & kelp fertilizer from Eco-Nutrients just landed, along with other treats. Trees have been moving out pretty fast, but there are still a number of beautiful ones here lookin' for a good hole in the dirt. Chicks peep and I'll see some of you in Corvallis tomorrow at OSU's Small Farm Conference & those coming in tomorrow will see Neil, Mary, Jon, Billy and Erika in the shop : )

Sunday hours start next weekend and maybe there will be some hoopla?

Dirt dreamin',

ps. photos and writings from our friend Mitch Snyder who was out taking photographs here Thursday. Photographer Eric Griswold was here, too. Thanks guys!

pps. Workshop!
March 13th - Organic Soils & Compost by Naomi for METRO 12 - 1pm
FREE, register online! - here at the shop

Monday, February 22, 2010

Moon Shark

has landed. He is a boer goat, born last spring and rejected by his mother. The farmers bottle-fed him and worked on giving him special care. He'll be 1 year old this spring and the herd became too aggressive for him. They brought him here so he can get lots of love, visits and hikes. Some of you might remember hearing about Muddles... this is him, now Moon Shark. Nellie and Sebastian have been very sweet and Sebastian in particular has very gently been teaching him how to play. They all love eating the christmas tree, fruit twigs and snuggling in the sun.

The Diggin' Roots Farm greenhouse here is growing delicious starts! They will be available starting in early March. Photo of Conner, Sarah and Jordan building the greenhouse in January. Wooo hooo!!!

SEED NOTES: Uprising Seeds - more coming in Tuesday, these are very well-loved! FEDCO is in, lots of flowers, herbs, greens and other unique organic seeds. Lonesome Whistle rack from Eugene is here with lovely bean seeds and other goodies. Dreaming of bringing in yummy heirloom seeds from Adaptive Seeds in Lebanon, OR - their tomato varieties are amazing. And Siskiyou Seeds just finished their catalogue and we'll have seeds complimenting the rest of the seed posse in March.

BOOKS: the herd is growing..... you're welcome to come take a gander.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Fruit tree sale today! Benefiting Grow Portland which is a non-profit + fruit tree workshops at 12:30 and 2:30pm

More chicks landed: White Rocks, Ameraucanas, New Hampshire Reds, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons and Gold-Laced Wyandottes

Friday, February 19, 2010

new arrivals

Update - new batch of peepers are in: Gold-Laced Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons and Black Australorps... more books landed yesterday and a new goat is here....

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Baby Chicks, Organic Blueberries, Seeds

Ameraucanas, Barred Rocks, Black Australorps & Golden Sexlinks

Delivered by the breeder on Friday morning and have been going to many happy homes - we look forward to your photos and stories about the little peepers!

We also have Heritage Baby Turkey Poults - 'Beltsville Small Whites' with wild turkey mixed in, they are cute and mellow, from breeder Brian Decker in WA.

Updates on these things in progress...
Uprising Seeds - 63 varieties in stock & more on order. Just let us know if you'd like us to add any varieties to our order, we can order on a weekly basis.

Organic Blueberry plants: Chandler, Reka and Legacy in 5 gallon pots, about 4 years old. Yummy!

Naomi's Mineral Mix - In Stock as of 2/18! and Alfalfa & Linseed Blend - by Tues 2/23, fresh batches landing early this coming week. Make your own COF, Complete Organic Fertilizer, with these. Lots of other fertilizer amendments and goodies to tinker with, ala Steve Solomon, other recipes and your intuition or good ol' soil test...

Friends of Family Farmers t-shirts are in - all proceeds benefit FoFF. The recent policy based InFARMation was really interesting and March will have Anne Berblinger of Gales Meadow Farm - wooo hooooo!!!

Grow Portland Fruit Tree Sale & Pruning Class here on February 20th !

COG: Comprehensive Organic Gardener class at Luscher Farm March 4 - 25th - sign up soon!

Sauvie Island Center

Workshops will be teaching and hosting added online here in a bit

Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council - this past meeting introduced lots of groups to be a part of - open to the public on issues ranging from institutional purchasing, food safety & equity to urban ag and land use.

Brabanter hen... wow! someday from Michelle Koeppe of Phasian Farm & Pistils has over 100 breeds over the spring season and are in their 9th season of chicks.

Worst Day of the Year Ride - there's a photo of us wearing our chicken tea cozies.. February 14th at 10am

Nearby spots to visit..The Bins of ye Goodwill, Mill End, Pendleton, Bob's Red Mill, Dave's Killer Bread, lots of neat shops on the Sellwood Westmoreland website

Strangely, a number of my posts now say that they were written by another author. All posts on this site were written by me, Naomi Montacre... often in the wee hours.. and we're not sure if someone has hacked our site or ? eeps! - okay, we have removed the author 'Posted by' link on our site. We'd like to move the site to Wordpress, but that might not happen until a quieter time of year.

More books are on order, migrating westward, lots of chicken, livestock and well.... a lot of books we think you'll be delighted to peruse : )

Post will be tinkered with more!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Veggie treats from a local caterer... yum!

InFARMation - Feb 9th

OSU Small Farms - Feb 27th

Portland Monthly - The Chicks Are Coming!

Updates on Chicks, Seeds, Plants and Workshops soon...

'Naomi's Mineral Mix' new label & batch coming! in 5, 25 and 50lb sizes
(the old window 'red' greenhouse it was first made in is here from our old alley garden and needs re-assembled...roof is currently porching over the hens and goats)