A Resilient Gardener Breeds Plants for These Times

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Freelance plant breeder Carol Deppe sifted handfuls of golden, ruby and coppery corn from the huge pile. "Remember the Scrooge McDuck comics, where he goes into the vault and runs his hands through all the metal coins, gloating about how wealthy he is?" she asked. "I … [Read more...]

The Squash is In!

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We popped out into the Corvallis countryside to photograph Oregon plant breeder Carol Deppe and friends as they harvested the last of the season's squash. These butternuts were laid on tarps in the shade alongside the already-harvested big "Sweet Meat - Oregon Homestead" and … [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...]

Beekeeping Takes Flight at Sea-Tac Airport (273)

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"We're hoping to breed our honeybees with native bee populations who've been here awhile, to develop our own stock of Airport bees." Beekeeper John Woodworth, "Flight Path" project founder Bob Redmond and another beekeeper have placed 18 bee hives in a buffer zone around … [Read more...]

Handmade Tools Make Simple Work at Inspiration Farm (269)

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Watch Brian Kerkvliet cut thick grasses easily and quickly with his hand-built scythe — a far cry from a noisy weed whacker! He demonstrates three tools whose design he has honed over the years: the scythe, grass rake and U- bar or broadfork. "It took a few years to get the … [Read more...]

A Whirlwind Spring

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Our lives have been a whirlwind since mid-April's newsletter! Get a glimpse in Ventures and Videos in BC and WA (the pictures below are just a few highlights). We've learned something important. While traveling, we need significant downtimes to de-stress as well as … [Read more...]

Shaping Water and Soil at Inspiration Farm (267)

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"If you grow good soil, everything else falls into place. You grow good plants, you grow good animals, you grow good people." Permaculturist Brian Kerkvliet shows how he gently shapes soil to form ponds which overflow into connected swales (ditches on contour). They slow … [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...]

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...]