The Trouble With Research (part 1)

In a previous edition of the Green Living Journal I wrote about ‘The Trouble with Natural’, in which I explained that ‘natural’ has no defined meaning from the USDA or the FDA. This term often used in food marketing gives the consumer no real information for decision making.
I will address sponsored food- based research, which … Read More.

New Tomato Varieties for Container Gardens

The Dwarf Tomato Project
We have not been trying to keep them a secret. In fact, for the past five years we have been a conduit for introducing gardeners all over the world to new varieties of compact tomatoes. With their popularity increasing, everywhere you look in the tomato gardening world, there is buzz about the … Read More.

The Trouble With Natural

Natural foods have been popular with consumers for a long time now, and both consumers and food businesses have been interested in their appeal. Seems natural enough – why not eat naturally and avoid unnatural (or added chemical) ingredients?
Problem is – there is not universal agreement on just what is a “natural food”. The term implies … Read More.

2016 Tomato & Garlic Festival

[ August 27, 2016; 12:00 am to 6:00 pm. ]  Northwest Organic Farm
Saturday August 27th 10 am – 6 pm
17713 NW 61st Avenue, Ridgefield, WA
 Featuring music, crafts and family fun! Washington State University (WSU) Master Gardeners will be on hand to showcase 20 different varieties of toma- toes and 10 different varieties of garlic all for the tasting. The Tomato & Garlic Festival is … Read More.

Green Canyon Apothecary Grand Opening July 9th

[ July 9, 2016; 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ]

Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods has opened The Green Canyon Apothecary .

Their retail store aims to be a hub of health and well being for the Mount Hood community. They’re a full service herbal apothecary, & natural living classroom space. They will be serving teas, healthy snacks, and nourishing smoothies. They’ve got a focus on using … Read More.

People’s Food Co-op Events

[ July 5, 2016; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ]
 People’s Food Co-op 3029 SE 21st Ave
Grow Your Own Produce: Berries and Herbs
Plus: Water Catchment Tuesday, July 5, 7-9pm
This workshop will focus on different types of fruiting crops that are available right now. We will taste different varieties and discuss ways to put up the harvest of berries. We will talk about … Read More.

Mother Earth News Fair!

[ June 4, 2016; 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. June 5, 2016; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] Do you have an interest in Back to the Land, DIY, Self Reliance,  Backyard Homesteading?

You need to be at the  Mother Earth News Fair!

150 + Hands-On Workshops

Organic Gardening
Food Preparation & Preservation
Natural Health
Renewable Energy
Homesteading
Small-Scale Livestock
Green Building
Remodeling
Green Transportation
and More Related Topics

Local and national experts will lead the sessions.

In … Read More.

People’s Food Co-op SNAP Matching Donation Drive

People’s Coop thinks that having access to healthy food that you can trust is super important. And it’s something that seems very relevant for our community to keep in mind this holiday. Every week People’s gives away over $300 in funds to folks using their EBT cards at thier Farmers’ Market.
According to the U.S. Department … Read More.

Book Review: Salt Sugar Fat

By Michael Moss
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Reviewed by Ken Condliff
If you like to read mysteries, and great “who done it” stories, you will love the new book by Michael Moss. It reads like a research thriller, taking the reader through a nutritional crime scene. While some mysteries have unwilling victims – … Read More.

Palm Oils: Nutrition vs the Environment

Photo by Agus Andrianto for Center for International Forestry Research.
If you happened to read my book review in the Spring 2015 edition of the Green Living Journal, I cited the research from Michael Moore on Salt Sugar Fat. In the review I covered these three unhealthy ingredients that are added to almost all processed foods. However, … Read More.