Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Year Round Vegetable Gardening!

Learn more about extending your season with delicious food from your garden all year with one of the most fun teachers around, Kathy Dang!!

Sign up for Year Round Vegetable Gardening through Oregon Tilth's Organic Education Center, the class will be at their beautiful demonstration garden at Luscher Farm - Register and find out more online.

Off season gardening rocks!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Party + Workshops!

Hip Happening Craft Bazaar PARTY! Free fun event here in the gardens around the shop with food and music, including the awesome Rich Gritty Bluegrass Band this Saturday, June 25th bring a blanket, pet the goats and come relax!!

Edible Flowers - taught by Naomi, at Portland Nursery 5050 SE Stark St. on Sunday, June 26th from 1 to 2pm, Free - Register online.

Hens 101: Basics of a Backyard Flock
- taught by Naomi, here at the shop on Wednesday, June 29th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Register online through Portland Community College. PCC will also be coming by to film a short portion of the class for their upcoming community series! (Jeff, on right, will be on hand for snuggles and chicken keeping wisdom, he's been studying for years)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Solstice

arrives with a week of warm sunny weather. deep breathing and embracing the warmth. giddy plants, hens luxuriating in dust baths and goats perched above us gently chewing their cud...

and the two cutest buddies, Bumblefina and Octavius

they have serious summer fever, so hanging out at the counter is not as fun as on rainier days... they're often in their day pen so they are not found by unsuspecting dogs visiting. they have free range of the garden, shop and warehouse together before and after hours and their own special sleeping nook in the back of the warehouse.

+ 15% off our last batch of certified organic potatoes - including All Blue, All Red, Pontiac Red (white flesh) and Russett Burbank

+ Les Schwab Update - Here is a link to their Land Use Review which was just mailed to neighbors and others, Notice of a Type II Proposal in Your Neighborhood with an extended deadline of July 14th deadline for your comments. (Neighborhood meeting on July 7th about the zoning issues with a tire store representative - 8210 SE 13th Ave., on July 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m). We hope that as this process to ask for an additional 22 parking spaces and other adjustments will take time and as Exxon's remediation and later construction of the neighboring lot appears a ways off, that we will at least be able to be here in July or month to month beyond that. If the parking is approved, there is still .75 acres available to the west, which would be more than enough for us to move over to and get creative with, surrounded by trees = beautiful! We are waiting to hear back from Mr. Dave Husk or another Les Schwab representative. We're still working hard on alternate sites, too. More updates as soon as we have them!

+ CSA Shares available from the wonderful lady farmers of Backyard Bounty Farm and Sidewalk's End Farm!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day + Pride Parade!

Get a little fruity, mention RAINBOWS and get 25% off the fruit tree of your choosing today: Apple, Cherry, Fig, Mulberry, Pear, Plum and Quince

Many big, vigorous gallon tomato plants for you and lots of other lush garden delights. Pride Parade info!

and this weekend, we play pretend that Portland is Edinburgh.... Scotland! Embrace the cool misty fog and rain... a great time to nestle plants in the dirt and get ready for this week's sunshine. Sharpen your tools for future weeding : )

We got 40 pullets this week, a.k.a. teenage hens and we have two beautiful buff brahmas and a black australorp left. (Edinburgh carnival fog photo found on Sarah Schor's site)

Hip Happening here this coming Saturday the 25th!!!

TURKEYS - we may bring in 15 Red Bourbon Turkey Poults ('chicks') - call or email us asap if you'd like to pre-purchase!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Oh My Goodness, it's June

POST in progress...... Woo hoo!

it may not be as hot or sunny as some would like by mid June, but! it's is not raining in ceaseless downpours like it was last year for five straight weeks at this time... all relative and perhaps summer will keep stretching further into

1) InFARMation and Beer! this Tuesday, June 14th, is on 21st Century Householding with great speakers and farmers attending who you can connect with to find great produce in bulk to ferment, can, dry, freeze and pickle... mmm....... at Holocene in SE Portland.

2) We are happy to be working two small scale Portland plant growers! Edible Horizons is part farm, nursery and creators of edible yards, Kji also farms with Josh Volk of Slow Hand Farm on Sauvies Island (photo on left) and we have great vegetable, herbs and flowers he grows. Laura of Mostly Medicinals grows so many neat and intriguing herbs, flowers, perennial vegetables and medicinal plants at her family nursery (photo of Laura in the greenhouse on left). Many fun new treats for you!!

3) Plants land at least twice a week, primarily on Tuesdays and Fridays, plus Sunday mornings when we're really trying to keep up with you and include great plants from Wildcat Mountain Farm, Emerson Gardens, Westwind, Little Prince and New Leaf, too!

4) We're hosting another Hip Happening Craft Bazaar on Saturday, June 25th with food, music and fun in the gardens around the shop. There will be food and you can also come with a picnic lunch, relax and visit the animals : )
They are looking for more craft and food vendors, plus musicians. If you'd like to participate, email Hip Happening -

) We're on the back page of the June issue of The BEE, Community spends a day celebrating Naomi's Organic Farm Supply (photo of the shop at the May Hip Happening, to the left, by Eric Norberg)

6) Les Schwab Update - We are still working on getting a meeting with Dave Husk, who has been sending this letter. We have sent this reply and proposal to map out how flexible we could be on the site during their adjacent work or permanently. Showing that we can coexist easily, with no conflict of any kind with their remediation and construction of the neighboring acre site, by moving our activities to the west, having you park on the street for awhile if needed and using other creative structures if for any reason they want to take down the building we're currently in to create more parking.

SMILE, the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League, just sent a letter to meet with Les Schwab, too, as they wrote in support of both our shop and a future tire center last year, March 22nd, 2010 and have not gotten a response yet. They hope a plan can be worked out that
is sustainable and fits the surrounding residential neighborhood.

We're actively working on plans for alternate sites, too and aim to provide you smooth, continued service as the adventure unfolds. You are the best!!

7) A few other spots we're in:

Portland Mercury - Make Way for the Parking Lot! Customers Fight Les Schwab's Plan to Boot Farm Shop, by Sarah Mirk - June 9th, 2011

Neighborhood NotesUrban Gardening: Get the Dirt, by Hannah Aronowitz – June 6th, 2011

Cooking Up a Story - Video of Naomi in Part 1 of Raising Backyard Chickens - released May 2011 (filmed by Rebecca Gerendasy in 2010)

Home Wizards, CBS Radio Los Angeles - Naomi on Raising Chickens in Your Backyard, with Cindy Dole - May 28th, 2011

8) New White House Rural Council ! = "Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands"