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Reusable & Earth Friendly Food Wrap

Made with Beeswax, Organic Cotton & Love Product review by SARA WIENER, formerly of Sara Bella Upcycled, Locavore Board Member I love my Meli Wraps. I’ve always hated using plastic wrap on bowls or plates of food to keep the contents fresh. Now I don’t need to. I can just use my beeswax-coated Meli Wraps instead. They have beautiful designs, smell wonderful (beeswax is amazing) and they form fit to any container you use. With…


Greenhouse Considerations for Central Oregon

by Ash Baugher of Against The Grain Carpentry Whether you are an accomplished gardener or an up and coming aspiring one, you know one thing, it is not as easy as they make it look on Pinterest. Especially here in Central Oregon. As beautiful as it is and with all of our sunshine, one may think growing a thick lustrous garden to be no sweat — but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. We…


Dome Grown Produce

by Amanda Benkert of Dome Grown Produce The dream of Dome Grown Produce began in 2010 when my husband and I purchased our first greenhouse. It is a 26’ geodesic dome kit from Growing Spaces in Colorado that utilizes passive solar technology and unique undersoil heating tubes in raised beds. These features help us grow vegetables, herbs and citrus year round. We disassembled and moved the Growing Dome to our new 20-acre farm in the…


Winter 2018 #BeADoer ~ Ramble Farm Subterranean Greenhouse Project

by Amber Rogers of Ramble Farm Thank you for the opportunity to share our greenhouse with you. Allow me to introduce ourselves. We are Chris and Amber Rogers, we own and operate a small farm on the west side of Bend. Ramble Farm, established in 2014, is where we raise Katahdin sheep, Red Wattle cross pigs, Muscovy ducks, meat rabbits, a plethora of chickens, tons of fruits, herbs and veggies, and it is all fiercely…


Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies

by the MoeGang Household My mother would often have these waiting for me when I got off the bus. Ingredients 1 cup flour 3/4 cup brown sugar 6 Tbls butter 1/4 cup shortening 1 cup sourdough 1/2 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp allspice 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1 1/2 cup oatmeal 1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 cup of raisins Optional Replace the walnuts and raisins with something of your preference….


Multi-Purpose Greenhouse

by Ryan Moeggenberg Gardening and providing food for my family is important to me for many reasons. Mainly, it’s how I was raised. On our little ‘hobby farm’ we had a big garden, a large multitude of fruit trees and a variety of farm animals that would make Old MacDonald envious. When I think about my younger years, I recall memories of our family working together doing things like making and selling apple cider, putting…


Grueling Months of Survival for Honeybees

by Kim Rivera, Addicted Beekeeper, Backyard Bees of Bend February, March and April are the grueling months of survival for honeybees. However, our hives’ welfare has already been set in motion by some basic contributing factors: 1. Sufficient colony size 2. Honey stores available 3. The varroa mite load going into winter 4. The hive preparation (protection from wind, moisture buildup management etc.) What can you do for them now? When the weather does permit,…


Spring 2019 Editorial

One of the biggest challenges when trying to grow food in Central Oregon is our short growing season. Therefore, one of the most beneficial tools you could have is a greenhouse. The history of greenhouses has been traced all the way back to Roman times when they were called ‘orangeries’. By the 1800s they became status symbols for wealthier families, providing fresh vegetables and fruits, and growing varieties that were not commonly found in their…


Hydroponic Systems

by Ashley Beaudoin, Owner of Bend’s Indoor Garden Station (B.I.G.S.) Did you know 80 percent of all cut flowers and herbs in your local store are hydroponically grown? Did you know that a plant will spend over 50 percent of its energy rooting through soil to find oxygen and nutrients? When you are in control of all the growth factors, you are rewarded by twice the growth rate, higher yields and blooms! Before you dive…


Winter 2018 Editorial

by Ryan Moeggenberg When I tell people about HomeSpun and talk about growing our food, they often have excuses why they don’t try to grow anything. “Our growing season is too short,” or “The soil here is just lava sand. It won’t grow anything.” This issue of HomeSpun Magazine is all about showing you ways to grow food in Central Oregon that aren’t subject to soil or weather! Hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics are different ways…