Becalmed in Paradise

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A few weeks ago we went sailing with friends at nearby Fern Ridge Reservoir. I looked forward to my first sailing outing, expecting it to be different from my family's waterskiing life on California's reservoirs. Here I would learn how to work with the wind and waves and … [Read more...]

Meet the Fermentistas – Become a (C)rock Star

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Create fermented food not just because it's healthy, but for the rich diversity of flavors? That's what Kirsten and Christopher Shockey encourage. Yesterday we attended their presentation at the local First Alternative Cooperative Market in Corvallis. Afterwards we … [Read more...]

Not Food, No Eat

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We visited Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns at Monroe Sharing Gardens to see the 130-year-old farmhouse they've transformed into a warm and happy house over the past year. While we chopped fresh veggies, Llyn mentioned visiting a household living in noticeable poverty. There … [Read more...]

Fed by Friends

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Support for Peak Moment TV takes many forms. Yesterday I shared in a veggie bounty harvested by Patricia Parcells. I walked a few hundred feet down the road to the huge garden she shares with Christine Robin (their land also hosts the Sunrise Community garden). We cut … [Read more...]

Yak, Buffalo, Alpaca – Oh My!

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Last night I cooked braised Yak shanks… so tender and mild, perfectly sauced in the stock I made last week from Buffalo bones. This morning Robin served homemade garlic-ginger-basil sausages made from Alpaca ground paleo style (with heart and liver added to the muscle … [Read more...]

A Neighborly Neighborhood

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There's a lot of talk about getting to know your neighbors—to work on projects and share goods, tools and expertise. It's a social investment for harder times or emergencies, to feel more secure, and/or to enjoy the convivality. Here's a neighborhood in south Corvallis, near … [Read more...]

Ventures and Videos in BC and WA

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It's been a whirlwind since mid-April! I'd hoped to post many blogs, but life moved too quickly. Here's a brief chronology of some wonderful adventures, people and places we visited and videoed in southwestern Canada and northwestern Washington. April 6-20. We settled … [Read more...]

Paint the Intersection at Share-It Square

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People wielded colorful paint, brushes and rollers all over the middle of the residential street intersection. For the 19th year, neighbors and friends were repainting the street in the oldest "intersection repair" in the world. In this year's design, they were freshening up … [Read more...]

A New Season at Inspiration Farm

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We stopped for a quick springtime tour with Brian Kerkvliet and Alexandra King at Inspiration Farm in Bellingham, Washington. After staying there for a month last fall, I wanted to see the other side of the yearly cycle.  Brian Kerkvliet gave the grand tour to us and … [Read more...]

A Robin’s-Eye View of Fairy Fen on Bowen Island

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Fairy Fen is a wetlands preserve in the deep dark woods on Bowen Island, BC. Robin was especially attracted to this place, a reminder of the Olympic Rainforest her family visited every year in her childhood. Western red cedar, fir, and hemlock are interspersed with whispers … [Read more...]