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There is a spectrum that processed food falls on. Let’s go over it.

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Concern or curiosity about food and farms? Hopefully some of those questions can be answered in these words. 

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Home for Hazelnut Harvest

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I’ve been asked if I’ll be continuing the organic series. The answer is absolutely YES! However, we are going to take a quick break to cover some timely topics for a few weeks and then get back into organic content. Today, we’re talking about hazelnuts The week I moved away from Oregon to start my […]

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Organic Part: 2 – Does Size Matter?

Farm Practices

When people or the media talk about farm size, it’s typically with the connotation that “big” is bad. But what is big?

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There’s an Organic Elephant in the Room. Part One

Farm Practices

I have heard the sentence “Organic means no chemicals” far too many times in my life. Let’s chat about it.

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Picking the Perfect Watermelon

Food

Let’s talk about how to select a ripe and delicious melon!

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Your Lawn Might Be From My Home

How It's Grown

Today, we talk about growing grass in the Grass Seed Capital of the World.

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It’s Time to Talk About the Birds and the Bees.

Miscellaneous

Pollination is important and bees aren’t the only creature we have to thank for it.

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Why Processed Food Maybe Doesn’t Deserve Its Bad Rap

Food

There is a spectrum that processed food falls on. Let’s go over it.

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Is Raw Milk Worth the Risk?

Food

Pasteurized or raw? That is the question. And here is the answer.

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Are Farmers Making Too Much Money?

Food

Dairy farmers make HOW MUCH money on their milk?!

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That Time I Got to Harvest Cashews in Senegal

Personal

I knew nothing about cashews beforehand. Y’all, there is fruit involved! And fire!

Farm Practices

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A lot of farm practices can appear confusing or worrisome, especially if you have never been on a farm. Some of these are controversial and I want to help you understand what is actually happening on a farm and why it’s safer than you might think.

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Food

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Here you can learn more about what goes in to the food you eat, and how it gets safely to your table. We will talk about food safety, waste prevention, and more.

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How It's Grown

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Learning how different foods are grown, along with the people who grow it, is a great way to feel better about what we are consuming. It is also so much fun to see where it all comes from and what goes into it!

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