Three AMAZING food events in Forest Grove this Month!!!

The Annual Farm Your Garden Tour is Here!

This is an open-house style garden tour. You need not start it at 10am. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Forest Grove and Cornelius, The Crafty Fox, and Corner Antiques (debit/credit welcome). Buy your tickets early and save 5$ off the day of ticket price of 15$. Maps to the gardens will be given out to advanced ticket holders as well as day of event ticket purchasers from The Forest Grove Senior and Community Center, starting at 9:45 am. From there you can guide yourself to all of the local area kitchen gardens, using an easy to read map. There will be a wonderful recipe quest as you tour.  At each kitchen garden, all map holding participants will receive one copy of each gardeners favorite recipe to try when you get home. New flavors, new ideas, new friends all will await you on Saturday, July 12th 2014 in Forest Grove. All proceeds to benefit the Dairy Creek Food Web.

What, you may ask, is a Kitchen Garden? In the days gone by it was a garden hidden out back away from the formal display gardens because it was deemed to unsightly, it was a garden of utility…it fed the entire household! It was a working garden often walled off for protection from the winds of winter with a hothouse, fruit trees, berries, vegetables, herbs each placed to have the best advantage to the warmth of the sun. Chicken or cow manure redeemed the soil in the spring and fall leaving it rich in nitrogen for the next crop. As time rolled on land became more expensive house plots became smaller leaving less and less room to divide the formal display gardens from the utilitarian food-producing kitchen gardens so now they are often integrated together. This teaching tour will demonstrate how to achieve a scheme that feeds a household and is beautiful to boot! Each garden offers a different perspective on how to create an accessible, immediate food source with space you have in your own yard.

 

And two workshops at Nana Cardoon Farm:

BEAN, GRAIN & EDIBLE SEEDS: Homestead Scale

Sunday, July 13 - Instructor: Harry MacCormack

This class will be held at Nana Cardoon in Forest Grove

Harry has been working with grains, beans, and seeds on a homestead scale for 40 years. During the past 7 years the research plots at Sunbow Farm have been a large part of the drive to create the Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project. Some of the plot plantings have included black, pinto, soy, lentil, red and garbanzo beans, over-wintering peas, 3 rye varieties, 2 triticale varieties, 4 wheat varieties, 2 varieties of quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and sunflower and will all be demonstrated during this workshop.

Workshop Focuses:

  • -Field preparation, rotations, moisture, temperature
  • -Over-wintering, advantages and disadvantages
  • -Varieties for Fall and Spring planting, some very old
  • -Nutritional measurements, the WSU work we participated in, and current measurements protein etc.
  • -How much is needed for a person, family, community: or how many pounds to expect from a 20’ x 20’ plot
  • -Harvest how to
  • -Threshing by hand and/or machine; machine designs
  • -Storage
  • -Creative uses of beans, grains, seeds
  • -Potential community supported markets and storage

SEED SAVING

Sunday, July 27 - Instructor: Harry MacCormack

This class will be held at Nana Cardoon in Forest Grove, OR

Harry MacCormack and Sunbow Farm have been saving seed from many varieties of plants for 4 decades. Homestead scale seed saving is challenging and fun.This class will cover what he has learned.

Workshop Focuses:

  • -Ancient Seed Saving Traditions
  • -Why save seed? (when it appears so much is commercially available)
  • -Open Source, open pollination; can hybrids be redeveloped?
  • -Planting your garden(s) for seed collection.
  • -Water(how much, how little) and other moisture concerns.
  • -Plant identification, marking, how many plants?
  • -Record keeping
  • -How to actually collect various kinds of seed
  • -Dry down tricks
  • -Cleaning: equipment you probably need and might already have.
  • -Tricks when processing various seeds.
  • -Establishing a seed collecting community.

Learn more about our instructor, Harry MacCormack, Sunbow Farms, Corvallis at www.sunbowfarm.org

CLASS TIMES:10-3pm

FEE: $30 per person. Cash or Check.

LOCATION: Nana Cardoon, Forest Grove, OR

REGISTER: contact Charlene Murdockcharlene@nanacardoon.com.  Directions will be provided upon registration.

A beautiful lunch is provided for $5. Please indicate if you would like a lunch.

Richard White

Nanacardoon

206-794-1903

Richard@nanacardoon.com

 

Register Now for Rural Living Field Day!

The 2014 Rural Living Field Day is set for Saturday, August 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island.  To register, just visit the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website at www.wmswcd.org and click on “Events” or go directly to http://www.wmswcd.org/content.cfm/Events/2014-Rural-Living-Field-Day. The cost is only $15 per person or $20 for families.  Morning beverages and snacks will be served as well as a fully catered lunch!  

Rural Living Field Day is a fun event for rural landowners and this year the event is sponsored by West Multnomah, Tualatin and Columbia Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the Oregon Small Woodland Association.  The event features speakers addressing a wide variety of issues that face rural homeowners, farmers, and land managers every day.  Topics include wildlife, forests, pollinators, invasive weeds, orchards, riparian restoration, crops and soil health, and manure composting.  

A partial list of speakers include:

 Tonia Lordy, Home Orchard Society

Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Michael Ahr, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

Chas McCoy, Scappoose Bay Watershed Council

Roslyn Gray, Natural Resource Conservation Service

 The location of the event will give participants the opportunity to visit a stream riparian area, a woodland stand, an orchard, a working organic farm and barn.  Folks will participate in some hands-on demonstrations and will be able to ask the experts about specific concerns during the break-out sessions.  Whether you’re a seasoned landowner or just starting your own farm, this is the event for you! 

Rural Living Field Day is also a great time for landowners to meet each other and share concerns and ideas about their properties and operations, and make valuable professional and personal contacts.

Sponsored by Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

1080 SW Baseline Suite B-2
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

503-648-3174 x 121

Join the Food Film Fest folks for “Symphony of the Soil” next Thursday….

F102_SymphonyOfTheSoil_082912Join us at 7:30 pm on Thursday the 20th, at the Forest Grove Grange.

 

“Unfolding with gentle joy and an unexpected beauty, this ode to the miracle of the Earth’s topmost layer gives us a newfound respect for the ground beneath our feet.”
- New York Times *Critics Pick

“This film raises the bar. It makes you care about our Earth’s precious skin, so rare among planets.”
- Washington Post

This screening is free, 7:30 pm on Thursday the 20th, at the Forest Grove Grange… See you there!

Please spread the word about this LOCAL CATTLE CLASS!

‘Cattle 101′ With Nita Wilton

Saturday, April 5, 2014

10am -3pm

Location: TorWynd Farm
21000 NE Cove Orchard Rd.
Yamhill, OR 97148

Learn about rotational grazing and intensive pasture management,
nutrition, fencing, breeds and conformation, the art and science of grass,
etc. Class will be held outside, and warm clothes and muck boots are suggested.
No dogs, please.

Cost: $60 in advance, $65 day of class (bring your lunch)
Coffee, tea and water provided

Class is located at TorWynd Farm, a 100-year old farmstead on 40 acres
in Yamhill, now in its 1st year as a beef cattle operation on reclaimed
pastures, located south of Forest Grove on Hwy 47. Limited overnight
accommodations are available, please inquire for information and directions.

About Nita Wilton, cattle mentor and instructor: “Our farm is a 180-acre, 1881 homestead located near the Columbia River Gorge. Our goal is to be as
self-sufficient as possible. We rotationally graze our beef cattle, and raise
most of our own food, use wood from our woodlot for heat, and maintain our own watershed, using a hydraulic rams for water delivery.”    Nita is available for private consultation. Follow Nita’s humorous and informative blog “Throwback at Trapper Creek” at http://matronofhusbandry.wordpress.com/.

Contacts:

For class reservations and inquiries: Farmclass@hotmail.com
For directions and accommodations: Dahe@TorWynd.com, 971.219.1344

F.E.A.S.T. is coming to Forest Grove again… in March!

FOOD. EDUCATION. AGRICULTURE. SOLUTIONS. TOGETHER. – F.E.A.S.T. is coming to Forest Grove again!

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 1:30 to 4:30  p.m. at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center,

co-sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank, Diary Creek Community Food Web and the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center.

This community-wide event is free and includes snacks.

Come share your ideas, concerns and solutions about our local food systems.

Three years ago, in February 2011, almost one hundred people attended our first FEAST.  Since then,  the Dairy Creek Community Food Web has been working to bring together all the groups, agencies and individuals who are reporting their efforts regarding:

  • FEEDING HUNGRY PEOPLE,
  • SUPPORTING NEW FARMERS,
  • ESTABLISHING YEAR-ROUND FARM MARKETS AND COMMUNITY KITCHENS,
  • DEVELOPING SCHOOL GARDENS, NUTRITION EDUCATION & FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS,   AND
  • CREATING APPROPRIATE LAND USE POLICIES  FOR FEEDING ALL OF US.

We need your participation!  Free childcare –advance reservation required. Go to http://dccfeast.eventbrite.com and click on “contact the organizer”.

Click here to download the official flyer! F.E.A.S.T

Food Film Festival Next Thursday!

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Even if you are too busy, consider coming to celebrate our FOOD this season!

“We are stardust, we are golden and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden..”  Joni Mitchell

Co-sponsored by Dairy Creek Community Food Web and Forest Grove Grange

MY FATHER’S GARDEN
A FILM ABOUT THE PAST AND FUTURE OF GROWING FOOD

“OUTSPOKEN, PERSUASIVE AND POIGNANT”

Third Thursday Food Film Festival
at  Forest Grove Grange
1917  “B” Street

DECEMBER 19, 2013       7:30 pm

Free film, free popcorn, fine conversation!

“The environmental, social, and moral costs of modern agriculture are clearly explained in this deeply personal film…an engrossing documentary.”

Coming to Forest Grove… BIOCHAR!

A BIOCHAR WORKSHOP to help increase nutrition available through your soil to your crops and garden plants.

 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 3 to 5 pm, our presenter will be Jim Karnofski, owner and chemist from BioCharm Farm in Ilwaco, Washington.

 

“My soil talk is all about providing the ideal habitat for soil microbiology which is the only way to produce excellent quality of nutrient dense vegetables and feed. The proper care of soil fertility is the human answer to ideal health and wellness. I teach what I consider the fundamental basics of soil fertility with the use of custom mineral fertilizers and biochar.”

 

Please come, and invite your grower friends and colleagues to Jim’s presentation at St. Anthony’s House, 1660 Elm St, Forest Grove, 97116, from 3 to 5 pm, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

{No-host dinner afterwards, location to be determined, previous notification needed by Monday, December 2, to: lindsley3@frontier.com}