Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hens 101, Chocolate Truffles & Organic / NRCS Funding

Join Naomi and Bumblefina for Hens 101: The Basics of a Backyard Flock, this Thursday 3/1, 6:30 - 8:30pm in NE Portland. Register online through BPS' Urban Growth Bounty class series.
Today! Pick up at our new site 2615 SE Schiller St. from 2 - 5pm, Wed 2/29, call or email in advance if you'd like to make sure what you need is there today or come by for the seed wall. We open officially on Sunday, March 4th from 10 - 5pm. And make sure to head over to People's Co-op for farm fresh edibles from 2 - 7pm today, too.  (Our newer forklift, Ernie! after Neil's grampa)
Naomi taught Organic Fertilizer & Amendments for an NRCS training in Salem Monday and they are excited to learn more about how the National Resource Conservation Service's programs can connect better with organic growers.  More on the Oregon Tilth and NRCS Organic Cross-Training Series here. and Farm Funding! Contact your county NRCS agent and look here to find out more on EQIP Funding for: Conservation Crop rotation, Cover Crops, Nutrient Management, Pest Management, Prescribed Grazing and Forage Harvest Management.  Plus! while the there are currently more applications in nationally more High Tunnels, than money to fund them, they have not been awarded yet and there is still time to apply and they encourage it. In additions, the Organic Initiative provides assistance to install conservation practices on agricultural operations that are either certified organic or are working towards organic certification.  Funding is available specifically to address natural resource concerns such as soil erosion, water conservation, or plant condition.
Applications for High Tunnels and the Organic Initiative are accepted on a continuous basis with the next two cutoff dates on: March 30, and June 1, 2012.
850+ people this weekend at the OSU Small Farms Conference in Corvallis, wow! Interesting talk on full diet, year-round, free choice CSA's with Kristin Kimball of Essex Farm, winter farming with Denison Farms & Mustard Seed Farm, permaculture with Siskiyou Seeds and Beaver State Permaculture and a lot more, great to see friends and brought farm orders down. Seed/fertilizer handoff with Adaptive Seeds, checked packets in on the way back north = 750+ packets in stock on the seed wall... Picked up 3 tons of feed, the wood boards for our pallet racking and our hand-painted wooden signs, from the old to the new warehouse on the way back, Neil in full force on the warehouse...  stocking books, tools and many goodies in the shop. 
And the fabulous Melissa of Missionary Chocolates will be sampling the delicious chocolate truffles she makes during our opening on Sunday... (and find them on fb, photo of Melissa at Chocolates for Choice 2012).  See you soon!  : )