Saturday, March 12, 2011

happy spring + worm moon

Worm Moon, Super Moon, Crow Moon, Vernal Equinox = Spring! The days are now longer than the nights, we've tipped happily over into the growing season of lush fertility.

We're in the April issue of Sunset Magazine with Nellie! One perfect day in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood and we also wrote an article in People's Co-op's Grassroots Newsletter - Livestock & Planting Remedies to Soothe Your Spring Fever - free copies at People's and online in the future.

BOOKS: Big order just came in, a couple more publishers enroute. New books that are here: The Backyard Goat, Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs, Bountiful Container, Carrots Love Tomatoes, Chefs on the Farm, Crafty Mama, Eat Where You Live, Edible Front Yard, Edible Heirlooms, Food Lover's Garden, Garden Stickers!, Garden Wisdom & Know-How, Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes, Happy Hooker Crochets, NY Times 1,000 Gardening Questions & Answers, One Magic Square, Roses Love Garlic, Seedheads in the Garden, Sew Everything Workshop, Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, Taming the Truffle: History, Urban Pantry, Weedless Gardening and Your Farm in the City - by Lisa Taylor & Seattle Tilth (both co-authors of the fabulous Maritime Gardening Guide) and more, plus stocked back up with more livestock books and other favorites!

PLANTS! We have LOTS of delicious vegetable, herb and flower starts from a number of great growers, along with a beautiful selection of flowering and fruiting bushes, vines and trees from One Green World.

SEEDS: So many delicious varieties in stock on our quilt of seeds wall... and any others we can order for you each week, too.

SURVEY: National Young Farmer's Coalition! All ye farmers - influence the next Farm Bill by taking this very quick survey in partnership with the Greenhorns and BeginningFarmers.org. Help them get 1,500+ responses. NYFC focuses on policy change, farmer-farmer learning and farmer network building. Check out their Farm Hack: DIY Tool Blog, too!

BEES: We have another excellent Beekeeping Workshop on Top Bar and Warre Hives this Wednesday, March 23rd from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the shop, taught by Matt Reed of Bee Thinking. Sign up in advance online on their website and save $5.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lease News + Article in IGT!

InFARMation (and BEER!) this Tuesday at Holocene in Portland on Co-ops, Rally in Salem, & How Consumers Can Take Charge of their Food System!

An article that I wrote for Oregon Tilth's, In Good Tilth Magazine, just came out in the March/April issue. You can find a link to the full article here, Naomi's Urban Organic Hub and free issues of the magazine are here at the shop. (Naomi with Farmer Ginger from Revolution Gardens)

Lease News! Well...... you will learn more reading the article, but the nutshell is that our lease is currently through May 31, 2011 and then there is a possibility of our lease being extended again, not the news you wanted to hear. The site we are on may become part of the parking lot, for a tire center development, by our landlord Les Schwab. They may purchase the neighboring acre asphalt site between our shop and 99E / McLoughlin, then remediate it and begin construction some time in June of this year.

We are really grateful to have the opportunity to be here and get to know each of you and so thankful that they have been leasing to us and to Knez Building Supply for sub-leasing access and parking on the adjacent lot.

We will be going full force, all out, stocked full of supplies for you all spring! If we do not get a lease extension, we will have a giant celebration weekend party in the end of May, to thank you for your incredible support and all around awesomeness at this location. And volunteers will be welcome in June to help us round up the garden and our animals, as we pack up the shop and our warehouse and move.

We haven't found an alternate location yet and are already heading into the exciting, consuming energy of spring with you. So! We welcome your suggestions, on anything from a 5,000sq' Commercial or Industrial bare lot, on up to bigger ground, with or without a building and will go into storage briefly in the meantime if we need to (though we will miss you very much during this time if need be). We know many of you come from the surrounding neighborhoods and also many of you from a lot further away in every direction. We would like to stay in the Portland area or nearby in Milwaukie, but we are open. (Photo of Naomi with Uno Dos Tres Academy kids and the goats)

We are also looking for a tiny house on 10,000sq' to an acre+ lot.

We would LOVE to put serious roots down in the ground and with our community with both a home and our shop. We know permanence is relative and the term Permaculture = Permanent + Agriculture, is a term many of us are working hard for. The adventure will continue!

FARMS List just updated my online list with more links and info about the mighty farms in OR & WA, including which are part of non-profits and on land trusts or interesting leases. Please email any farm submissions or information.

We were in Neighborhood Notes again : ) Here is a link to the article, Building Chicken Coops From Upcycled Materials and also Mason Bees: Master Pollinators of Northwest Gardens!
(photo of Nellie & DIO)

There are still a few spots open for this weeks' Workshops, follow the links to sign up:
3/9/11 - Bee Workshop on Top Bar and Warre Hives by Bee Thinking - Wed, 6:30 - 8:30pm - Here, taught by Matt Reed + Register in advance and find more info by clicking on the link to their website

3/10/11 - Hens 101: the Basics of a Backyard Flock - Thurs, 6:30 - 8:30pm - Here, taught by Naomi + Register in advance online through the City of Portland's Urban Growth Bounty Series

Photo of Farmer K bringing us greens, while on deliveries last summer, previously Sunroot Gardens, now Walking Roots Farm in Corvallis, OR, rocking the staple crops!

So neat to see Oregon Farmers, Lonesome Whistle Farm and Afton Field Farm + Hank Geogh's revitalization of the Philomath Grange Hall and the OSU Small Farms Program in the New York Times article, In New Food Culture, a Young Generation of Farmers Emerges!