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 […]


Farm Stand in Vermont (video)

A recent visit to Vermont turned up an unexpected visit to a local farm stand that offered passersby a selection of fine local goods.


Interest in Small Farms Grows

March 10, 2011 As the season begins to change to Spring, I’ve noticed a lot more attention being paid to the small farmer. Last week the New York Times ran a piece on the growing interest of small farming with 20-30 year olds. “Garry Stephenson, coordinator of the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University, […]


A Stale Food Fight

November 29, 2010 An op-ed piece by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, in the New York Times, discussing the Food and Safety Modernization Bill (S510) which is yet to be passed. Here is a short an excerpt: “You would think that such reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of the American people would […]

Joya Parsons, Quite Contrary Gardens

A Mid-Atlantic Farmer’s Perspective

My name is Joya and welcome to my little farm. I run a small, sustainable market garden in Sussex County, Delaware. Here in the center of the Delmarva Peninsula, we are two hours from any major metropolitan area and we are right in the midst of our region’s agricultural center. Chickens, corn and soy are […]