The Imperial Stock Ranch, which began in 1871, faces a new and serious challenge to its very survival: how to create new markets for its products to compensate for longstanding existing markets that have declined or shifted overseas. Some bold steps were needed to rethink what to do with the wool from the sheep they raise on their 30,000 acre ranch in Eastern Oregon. Their solution? Direct, value-added marketing to yarn retailers and apparel designers.
It has a distinctive taste, very different from cow or goat cheese as you will learn in this story.
Greg Jaworski explains how local farmers make his job easier from a chef’s perspective.
From American Farmland Trust, a short video about what producing local food means to communities, and why it is so important a goal to accomplish. The American Farmland Trust is a non-profit organization that began with farmers and conservationists in 1980, whose central purpose is to protect valuable farmland from being lost. Working across Federal, […]
What went wrong! Sadly I have no advice for you on growing perfect tomatoes or full-proof methods for getting your watermelons to grow the size of Michelin tires. Instead I’m going to tell you the one thing I learned when it comes to gardening, you must plan well. Having a vegetable garden, cutting garden or […]
Responding to your thoughtful comments This week I had planned on waxing poetic about my little victory garden. The Brandywine and Mr. Stripey tomatoes whose arrival I’m anxiously awaiting, the sweet peas that are eagerly climbing up their stakes and it looks as if this year there will be cantaloupe. But after seeing how last […]
Farmer, and local food activist, Laura Masterson shares her concerns for the future protection of urban farmlands in Oregon, and across the country.
I am very excited to be participating two wonderful programs offered by The Oregon Food Bank this summer. I’ll be volunteering as a mentor for the Cultivating Community program.
In part 6, Dan Imhoff offers suggestions for what citizens can do to help influence the outcome of of the 2007 Farm Bill that is still relevant today.
In Part 3, Dan Imhoff explains the inequities of the Farm Bill and offers some suggestions to help remedy these problems.