Farmer Don: Ode to a Small Family Farmer

Farmer Don: Ode to a Small Family Farmer

January 8, 2012, Sherwood, Oregon. A packed crowd of friends and family gathered for the ceremony at the local Lutheran church where Don Wachlin (to us, Farmer Don) was to be buried in the small cemetery lot, a mere few hundred yards from the church his ancestors helped to build. We had come to know […]

Mother Nature’s Own Weapons of Mass Destruction

Mother Nature’s Own Weapons of Mass Destruction

Have scientists brought a dangerous flu virus closer to becoming a pandemic threat, a good thing?

The Unconventional Harvest: In the Farmers Own Words

The Unconventional Harvest: In the Farmers Own Words

I am excited to share the final sequences of my personal transformation and discovery of our nation’s food system and communities. Excerpt 12.

The Call of the Fresh Oregon Berry

The Call of the Fresh Oregon Berry

Berry picking is something I’ve been doing since I moved to Oregon. There is something very special about the berries here. Like the grapes for pinot noir, berries like the weather here during the summer months – once it kicks in! Cool nights and hot days. Generally the strawberries come into their full sweetness in […]

The Unconventional Harvest: Melstone, Montana—Population 136

The Unconventional Harvest: Melstone, Montana—Population 136

In a land where people wore jeans, boots, and rancher hats all year round – I stuck out like a sore thumb. And I didn’t give a damn. 10 miles east of Melstone, Montana, a stiff wind barreled into my path. The air was hot – yet it felt fantastic. Excerpt 11.