• Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Oregon Agriculture Rooted in Tradition

Oregon Agriculture Rooted in Tradition

By Rachel Bertone for Growing Oregon magazine The history of potatoes in Oregon is as deeply rooted as the rich soil the spuds grow in. The crop dates back to the early 1800s, when the first explorers ventured into the ...

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Oregon Seed Needs

Oregon Seed Needs

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine When moms tell kids to eat their carrots, odds are they are instructing them to eat an Oregon product. The state produces roughly 65 percent of the nation’s carrot seeds and 40 percent ...

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Hops, From Farm to Pint

Hops, From Farm to Pint

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Wheat of the World in Oregon

Wheat of the World in Oregon

By Matthew Ernst for Growing Oregon magazine All flour is not created equal, which is why the special characteristics of Oregon wheat make it ideally suited for a wide variety of foods ranging from Asian noodles to Egyptian flatbread. The state’s ...

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Oregon Farms Growing the Next Generation

Oregon Farms Growing the Next Generation

By Rachel Bertone for Growing Oregon magazine Families own the majority of the nation’s farms, and when it’s time to pass on that legacy, a farmer usually looks to their children. When a young entrepreneur who doesn’t come from a family ...

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Native to Oregon & Well Adapted for Your Garden

Native to Oregon & Well Adapted for Your Garden

By Brittany Stovall for Growing Oregon Magazine In the late 1980s, Lory Duralia decided it was time to grow her dream of having a native plant nursery at her West Linn, Oregon home. Today, the lush backyard sanctuary, which she ...

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Diverse Paths, Same Destination

Diverse Paths, Same Destination

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine At age 80, Eastern Oregon farmer Don Lieuallen isn’t driving the combine anymore. But he shows up every day to his family’s 2,400-acre century farm to balance the books, check crop management schedules and, ...

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Adelante Mujueres: Rise Up, Move Forward

Adelante Mujueres: Rise Up, Move Forward

By Brittany Stovall for Growing Oregon magazine For nearly 15 years, the Adelante Mujeres organization has been inspiring local Latina women and their families to become community leaders, helping strengthen the Latino presence in Oregon – including those in the ...

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The Big Cheese in Oregon

The Big Cheese in Oregon

By Rachel Bertone for Growing Oregon magazine Cheddar. Pepper jack. Blue Cheese. Chevre. Queso Fresco. Pick a cheese, and it is made in Oregon. From large to artisan, Oregon cheese producers of all sizes are top notch in their craft. ...

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Fresh from the Fields of Oregon

Fresh from the Fields of Oregon

By Joanie Stiers for Growing Oregon magazine In Oregon, vegetables move quickly from field to freezer – locking in freshness and ripeness. Farms are located close to Willamette Valley-based vegetable processors so that fully ripened vegetables can be harvested and ...

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Cheers to the Science Behind Good Drinks

Cheers to the Science Behind Good Drinks

By Keri Ann Beazell for Growing Oregon magazine With more than 220 breweries and 550 wineries, it’s no surprise that Oregon has a national and international reputation for growing some of the best hops and grapes in the industry. In ...

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Home Turf from Oregon Grass Seed

Home Turf from Oregon Grass Seed

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine There’s a good chance the seed used to plant your lawn came from an Oregon grass seed field. The Beaver State produces roughly 90 percent of cool-season grass seed in the U.S., says ...

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Oregon Market is Going Local

Oregon Market is Going Local

By Brittany Stovall for Growing Oregon magazine In southeast Portland, a Latin American public market and kitchen spreads the aroma of locally grown and made smoked meats, pressed masa and fresh herbs and pulls you in. Brightly colored food carts ...

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SAGE Interpretive Center Opens Eyes to Agriculture

SAGE Interpretive Center Opens Eyes to Agriculture

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine In 2000, after planning for an expanded Tillamook County Creamery Association at the Port of Morrow, Port Director Gary Neal asked where they were going to locate the visitor center. “I was interested ...

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Oregon Ag Exports Overseas

Oregon Ag Exports Overseas

Feature photo: Oregon pear promotion overseas. By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon magazine One might say that Oregon seafood, pears and straw get around. From live crab in Hong Kong to pears in Saudi Arabia to straw and alfalfa in ...

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Vintage Oregon

Vintage Oregon

By Teree Caruthers for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon winemakers know the key to producing some of the country’s most flavorful wine is to let Mother Nature do most of the work. Oregon is home to nearly 500 wineries, and what ...

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What’s Cooking in Culinary Tourism

What’s Cooking in Culinary Tourism

Feature photo: The Country Cat owners, Adam & Jackie Sappington. By Teree Caruthers for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon’s abundant variety of foods create a feast of flavors for hungry tourists flocking to the state each year. Judiaann Woo, an Oregon ...

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Oregon Seafood is a Great Catch

Oregon Seafood is a Great Catch

  By Teree Caruthers for Growing Oregon magazine The clean, cool waters of Oregon provide seafood defined by its freshness and variety. “From albacore tuna to pink shrimp and everything in between – Chinook salmon, Dover sole, Dungeness crab and ...

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Oregon Milk Matters

Oregon Milk Matters

Feature photo: SarBen Farms owned and run by Steve & Susan Pierson and their children and Susan’s dad Marlin Rasmussen. By Betsy Williams for Growing Oregon magazine It all starts with the milk. The key is freshness, quality and the care ...

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Grown in Oregon, Adored Worldwide

Grown in Oregon, Adored Worldwide

Feature photo: Oregon Christmas trees, photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association.  By Keri Ann Beazell for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon is the nation’s largest producer of shade and flowering trees as well as conifers. Innovation propels growth in ...

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Oregon Farmers are Feeding a Need

Oregon Farmers are Feeding a Need

Feature photo courtesy of the Oregon Food Bank. By Rachel Bertone for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon farmers are doing their part to end the fight against hunger. Approximately 800,000 people in the state deal with hunger insecurity issues, or one ...

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Think Outside the Farm

Think Outside the Farm

  By Jessica Walker Boehm for Growing Oregon magazine From snacks to full meals, Oregon supplies thousands of Americans with their favorite fare. The state is a leader in the food processing industry, with several of its companies producing frozen ...

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Better Beef

Better Beef

Feature photo: Oregon beef cattle, photo courtesy of Country Natural Beef. By Keri Ann Beazell for Growing Oregon magazine Oregon ranchers know the difference between a good steak and a great steak: flavor. Oregon ranchers also know what consumers want ...

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Basque Ranchers in Oregon Embrace Tradition

Basque Ranchers in Oregon Embrace Tradition

Feature photo: Eiguren Brothers Farm. By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon Magazine Never was there a doubt that Elias Eiguren would one day return to his family’s Southeast Oregon ranch. As an FFA officer just out of high school, he ...

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Celebrate Farm to School Month

Celebrate Farm to School Month

Happy Farm to School month! Farm to school programs are positively impacting both our school kids and the state’s economy. Amy Gilroy, Farm to School Manager for Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Rick Sherman, Farm to School & School Garden ...

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Oregon Takes a Natural Approach

Oregon Takes a Natural Approach

Feature photo: Adam Buresh of Oregon’s Wild Harvest. By Keri Ann Beazell for Growing Oregon Magazine Oregon is a hotbed of naturopathic products and health supplements. A distinct, alternative approach to health, naturopathy focuses on a natural approach of healing the ...

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Oregon Potato Harvest

Oregon Potato Harvest

A century farm doesn’t just happen, there has to be a love for the land and a hard working family. Clyde Ward started farming in 1915 and the first several decades of his farming career was done with horses. He ...

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Oregon Agritourism Attractions Off the Beaten Path

By Brittany Stovall for Growing Oregon Magazine Travel along Oregon’s agritourism trails, which are mapped out exploration destinations, and you will experience a journey into the heart of the state’s rural agricultural community. Fresh foods, local dining, Oregon culture and ...

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Meet Your Local Oregon Farmer: Skip Walchli

Meet Your Local Oregon Farmer: Skip Walchli

When you think of putting together a summertime barbecue or family picnic, you might think of watermelons as one of the essential items on the menu. When you go to the grocery store to buy your supplies, you’ll likely see ...

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Farm to School Program

Farm to School Program

Imagine your child comes home after a long day at school and she immediately asks you, “What’s for dinner?” You think quickly through your options, deducing that it’s definitely your turn to make dinner and that any restaurant is too ...

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Women in Farming: Wendy Coates at Elam Farms

Women in Farming: Wendy Coates at Elam Farms

Elam Farms was founded in 1973. In 1979, David and Debby Elam, moved to their current location in the Willamette Valley. The farm is located between Turner and Aumsville in Oregon, nestled right in the heart of Salem’s bucolic farmland. ...

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Meet Your Local Oregon Farmer: Larry Standage

Meet Your Local Oregon Farmer: Larry Standage

“Do you have any special tips or tricks for cutting an onion and not crying?” “Yeah..,” Larry says as he chuckles to himself, “be a third-generation onion farmer.” Larry Standage looks exactly like how you might picture a third generation ...

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Dry Farming

Dry Farming

Oregon State University is known for its College of Agricultural Sciences. The school offers 25 Major and Minor options that include but are not limited to Botany, Animal Sciences, and even Fermentation Sciences for you beer lovers out there. The ...

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Expanding Crop Diversity on Oregon Farms

Expanding Crop Diversity on Oregon Farms

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon Magazine This is not your father’s farm. Father-and-son team Tom and Jason Hunton have created a farm that does everything from grow and clean grass seed to produce beans for soup mixes that help ...

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Oregon Farmers Strive to Bee Friendly

Oregon Farmers Strive to Bee Friendly

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon Magazine In 2001, Mike Omeg, a cherry grower from The Dalles, planted native plants near one of his orchards to attract beneficial insects to help suppress black cherry aphid. The response was better than he ...

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Everyone Has a Place at the Table at Oregon Farm Dinners

Everyone Has a Place at the Table at Oregon Farm Dinners

By Rachel Bertone for Growing Oregon Magazine Each summer, organizations bring the dinner table outside to local farms, allowing guests to experience fresh food while learning about where it came from – straight from the source. Plate & Pitchfork founder Erika Polmar ...

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Irrigation Innovation on Oregon Farms

Irrigation Innovation on Oregon Farms

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon Magazine First came the transition from overhead sprinkler irrigation to drip. Then the benefits started pouring in. By watering only where and when their hops plants need it, Gayle and Glenn Goschie, a brother-and-sister ...

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Oregon’s Schools of Agriculture

Oregon’s Schools of Agriculture

By Mitch Lies for Growing Oregon Magazine The sheer size of the combine stops the children in their tracks. Then come the questions. “Can I sit in it?” the children ask. “Sure,” says the farmer. Score another memory for Adopt ...

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Meet your Local Oregon Farmer

Meet your Local Oregon Farmer

Thistledown Farm is a family owned and operated business where the peaches drip off the trees and the Walla Walla Sweet onions pluck themselves right out of the ground. The Henderson family does an amazing job of making you feel ...

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Oregon Farms Growing the Next Generation

By Rachel Bertone for Growing Oregon magazine Families own the majority of the nation’s farms, and when it’s time to pass on that legacy, a farmer usually looks to his children. When a young entrepreneur who doesn’t come from a family ...

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It’s Oregon Berry Season!

Oregon is known as the “Berry State” growing over fifty varieties of berries. The long cool springs followed by the hot summer days with cool nights allow Oregon berries to remain on the vine longer than berries that grow in ...

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Summer Pop Up Events

Summer Pop Up Events

Summer pop up events to feature Oregon specialty crops Bruce Pokarney, ODA – The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University are teaming up this summer to offer five dinner events in five different communities. What do these dinners all ...

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Celebrate Oregon Cider Week

By Bruce Pokarney, Oregon Department of Agriculture – June 2016 Welcome to a week of celebration so special it actually lasts 10 days and reaches across the Pacific Ocean. The fifth annual Oregon Cider Week, June 16-26, focuses on one of the state’s ...

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Grant’s Getaways: Visiting the SAGE Center

Grant McOmie – KGW I am a big believer that the health of a community can be measured by the way they share their wealth with the rest of us. Eastern Oregon’s Morrow County certainly does that – their ag ...

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Celebrate Oregon Spring Planting

Learn more about what farmers are doing to prepare the ground for spring planting and what you can do in your backyard. Spring is a great time to prepare for the summer bounty in Oregon.

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National Agriculture Week – Oregon Fruits and Vegetables

We’re lucky in Oregon that we have an amazing mix of soils and climate that enable our family farms to grow over 220 crops, including a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are enjoyed here and around the world. If ...

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National Agriculture Week – Oregon Raised Dairy

Oregon’s 240 dairy farmers and 22 processors produce wholesome food, good paying jobs, and employment opportunities in communities throughout the state.Oregon has consistently ranked in the top six nationally for milk quality, we are lucky to live and work in ...

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National Agriculture Week – Ranching in Oregon

Ranching in Oregon is older than the state itself. Pioneers brought their cattle to the state to start a new life for their family and to create a business that would feed others. Ranchers in Oregon put their heart and soul ...

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National Agriculture Week – Oregon Nursery Industry

Oregon has excellent soils and climate for growing healthy, high quality nursery stock including; trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and edibles. Our nursery products are sold here in Oregon, across the nation and around the world.  

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National Agriculture Week – Oregon Seafood

Whether fresh, frozen, canned or smoked, our local fishing communities take pride in providing some of the best quality seafood on the planet right here in Oregon. From the excellent pink shrimp, albacore tuna, Dungeness crab, salmon and sole we ...

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Farm To School / School Garden Coordinator – Rick Sherman featured on In the Garden with Mike Darcy

Rick Sherman:  Farm to School/School Garden Coordinator, Oregon Department of Education Rick was hired by the Oregon Department of Education in 2012 as the Farm to School/School Garden coordinator after working for 32 years for a food service management company.  ...

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Miss Oregon goes to Japan to promote food & agriculture

Miss Oregon goes to Japan to promote food & agriculture

By Bruce Pokarney – February 3, 2016… For the first time in history, Miss Oregon is headed overseas as part of her official duty. The reason? To promote a wide variety of the state’s food and agricultural products. The destination is Japan, Oregon agriculture’s top export ...

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Farm to School Manager Amy Gilroy featured on Portland’s Entercom radio stations

Oregon is a leader when it comes to a successful Farm to School program. With the efforts of producers, distributors, school districts and commodity commissions, Oregon parents can be confident that their children are getting healthy and local meals during ...

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Oregon Root Veggie Soup & Blueberry/Cranberry Hand Pie

Oregon Root Vegetable Soup is an easy and cost-effective meal that warms you up during the winter months. Many Oregon fruits and vegetables are available fresh this time of year, including: apples, nuts, mushrooms, onions, pears, garlic, potatoes, and turnips. This ...

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Your Favorite Fruit Year-Round

Just because your kids are dressed in parkas and gloves, instead of shorts and t-shirts, doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite Oregon fruit. Smoothies made with canned and frozen fruit are a great way to get your ...

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Community Supported Agriculture

A Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) is a great way to nourish your family and help Oregon farmers prosper. To become a part of a CSA, you purchase a subscription from a farm, and every week you receive a share ...

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The holiday season is a great reason to Celebrate Oregon Agriculture!

Katy Coba, Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, shares all the great ways you can celebrate the bounty of Oregon’s agriculture.

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Oregon Holiday Greens

Christmas trees are vital to Oregon’s cultural landscape and our economy. Oregon’s climate and skilled tree farmers produced some of the finest trees in the world. Tree farmers are working around the clock to make sure your favorite grocery store, ...

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Christmas Trees

It’s a symbol of the season! Oregon ships holiday joy across the globe in the form of Christmas trees. With nearly 7 million trees sold and a production value of about $104 million in 2014. Oregon Christmas trees are found ...

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Oregon Seasonal Side Dish

Jason Ball, Food Innovation Center Research Chef, shared a beautiful Barley Pilaf side dish chock full of Oregon fresh ingredients perfect for your holiday table. Although flavors and ingredients may change, the essentials of fluffy, fragrant pilaf are always the ...

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Green Salad with Fresh Pears, Toasted Hazelnuts and Berry Vinaigrette

Green Salad with Fresh Pears, Toasted Hazelnuts and Berry Vinaigrette

This basic green salad is livened up with sweet fresh pears and crunchy toasted hazelnuts. It is always a good idea to toast extra hazelnuts to have on hand for snacking or use later in the week. Ingredients 12 cup ...

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Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening between schools and local food! We meet a local farmer helping make Oregon kids school lunches some of the most nutritious in the entire ...

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Kids Make Oregon Kale Pesto

Getting kids interested in growing their own food and cooking it can help set them up for a healthier life. One local school is helping do just that.

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Peak of Summer Salad

Peak of Summer Salad

Vegetables that grow together often taste great together. Combining a slew of in-season summer vegetables with tender fresh herbs is an easy way to guarantee an amazing salad. Ingredients 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fresh shallot, minced 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar ...

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Dinner in Oregon

COA’s 30-minute special: Local families challenged to utilize Oregon’s bounty. The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s efforts to promote the quality, availability and variety of statewide food products will take to the airwaves this September with Dinner in Oregon, a 30-minute ...

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Workplace Farmers Markets

It’s a way to connect with your local farmer on your lunchbreak. The bounty of Oregon comes to the workplace in a program that bring the healthy foods of farmers markets directly to employees.

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Low Cost, High Protein Eggs

Whether you like to eat them fried, scrambled, poached or hard-boiled, eggs are a healthy way to get protein and important vitamins and minerals.

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Honeybees

There’s a real buzz about honeybees in Oregon agriculture. In fact, 1 in 3 items we eat is directly related to the hard work honeybees put into pollinating. We take a look at how one local business is helping out ...

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Gardening With Kids

Gardening with kids is a great way to introduce them to the bounty of nature. Find ideas on getting started with fall and winter gardening Find a year round planting veggie calendar for Oregon

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Oregon Nurseries

The top crop in Oregon is actually something that finds it’s way into many of our yards and gardens! Oregon’s greenhouse and nursery products, from flowers to vegetable starts, is worth millions of dollars. Learn more here: Find retail nurseries ...

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Oregon Healthy Snacks

If they choose it and prepare it, they’re more likely to eat it! Michelle Markesteyn Ratcliffe, Farm to School Specialist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, joined KATU with two young helpers, to share simple ways to get the entire ...

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National Agriculture Week – Oregon Wheat

To learn more, visit: Oregon Wheat Commission

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National Agriculture Week – Oregon Seafood

Learn more here: Oregon Trawl Commission Oregon Albacore Commission Oregon Salmon Commission Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission

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National Agriculture Week – Oregon Fruits Veg Hazelnuts

Learn more here: Oregon Potato Commission USA Pears Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission Oregon Strawberry Commission Oregon Blueberry Commission

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National Agriculture Week – Oregon Dairy

Learn more here: Oregon Dairy Council Oregon Dairy Farmers

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National Agriculture Week – Oregon Ranchers

Learn more here: Oregon Beef Council Oregon Cattleman’s Association

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Healthier School Lunches

Kids will be learning about more than reading, writing and arithmetic at school this year. They’ll also be learning how to eat healthier thanks to a change in the school lunch program.

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Teaching Nutrition for a Lifetime

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening between schools and local food! It’s also a great time to teach kids about the importance of good nutrition for a lifetime of healthy ...

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Summer Love at 0°

Summer Love at 0°

There’s no better time than summer to celebrate the joys of Oregon berries. You can turn foraging for berries into a memorable summertime family adventure at one of the many U-pick fruit stands across the state, or stock up on Oregon ...

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Oregon Apple & Pear Tiny Tart

Encouraging your kids help prepare meals and snacks not only boosts their enthusiasm for food, it bonds the family and can help teach children critical life skills. It’s also a lot of fun! Kids thrive when they spend quality time ...

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