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Organic?

by Kathi Miller, Fresh Start Farms The shorter the distance between where your food was grown and you, the better for your health and the health of the planet. The fewer people involved in getting your food from field to your mouth, the healthier for all concerned in that effort. In 2000, or there about, the great green organic seal arrived on our food. We started to have trust in a green sticker — the…


7 Step Guide To Buying A 1/4 Beef

by Jessica Oddo, Mt. Shasta Wild LLC Wild Foraged Beef at the Base of Mt. Shasta So you’re ready to eat healthy, do it affordably and have new cooking inspirations but are intimidated by the thought of how to go about buying a quarter beef. If every reference or website you read adds to the confusion then follow the simple steps below. 1. Freezer Space “How much freezer space do I need?” is a common…


Are You Supporting Local?

What Everybody Ought To Know About Supporting Local Farms by Elizabeth Weigand Owner, Agricultural Connections We are in an era of abundant information with options and choices at our fingertips. Nearly everything, including how we shop for food, gives us reign of choice. With so much choice, what is the tipping point that leads to final decisions: convenience, price, selection, aesthetics, relationship, size, health, shelf life, familiarity, or flavor? There is a motive driving our…


What Do YOU Have to Trade?

HomeSpun Magazine is working to bring in experts to teach you how to grow your own food and cook it. I find that when people grow their own food they often have more than they can use, that they either give away or it goes to waste. What if there was a way to bring gardeners together, or producers of any sort, to trade their surplus with? This might allow one family to specialize in…


Wake Up Central Oregon Gardeners!

by Robin Snyder Tumalo Garden Market Okay, its February in Central Oregon. The weather is changing. We may have warm enough days to work the soil, but the nights are still freezing. It is time to be thinking about prepping your soil and planting. Here are the important things to consider. Start from the Ground Up — Test Your Soil Everyone needs fuel. Plants as well as humans. Plants need an adequate level of nutrients…


Melvin’s by Newport Avenue Market

Connections & Commitment Go Beyond Groceries When the stars aligned last September for Newport Avenue Market to purchase Sisters’ beloved store, Melvin’s, it just made sense. After all, Newport Avenue Market has been Bend’s beloved, locally owned (and now employee owned), specialty grocery store since 1991. Previously owned by Sisters residents Melvin and Sandee Herburger, Melvin’s is clearly well-aligned with Newport’s commitment to offering high-quality and local products. It’s no secret both stores know a…


My Journey To Becoming a Locavore Advocate

My journey to co-founding Food4All was a long and circuitous path. Some of the inspiration came from being a first time father. Another was my life situation, a tech guy taking a break from technology with 2.5 acres and irrigation rights that needed to be managed. Being married to an athlete who saw nutrition as a competitive advantage was another motivation. All this factored together to blossom me from a city slicker into a complete…


Winterscaping My Garden

About this time of year, I take stock of my garden with two objectives in mind. The first is to make my garden ready for the long and often brutal Central Oregon winter. While working on the first objective, I accomplish the second objective as well, which is to create a stunning winterscape. I have a fun routine that takes a day, maybe two, depending on how many family or friends join in the work…