The Trouble with Research (Part 2)

In a previous article about “The Trouble with Research’” I wrote about the infuence of industry groups who fund research in order to advance their viewpoint. Independent research is great, but when it’s funded by an industry group, the lines of independence become blurred. Researchers need funding, so when large contributors call, it’s hard to … Read More.

They Too Shall Garden

Murderers, child sexual predators, heroin dealers, identity theft perpetrators, robbers and burglars. Perhaps not the ‘type’ you would want living near you. But they do. We delude ourselves by believing that we are surrounded by law-abiding citizens who have driver’s licenses and car insurance, pay taxes and obey all the rules.
Eventually, many of them are … Read More.

Coming Soon: “Leaf to Home” Emergency Electrical Backup

Adapted from a Nissan Motor Co. Press Release
Today about 4,000 households in Japan are utilizing their EVs to manage home energy use. They can be used as a backup power supply for blackouts and emergencies.
Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries can do more than just provide power for driving – they can also be used as … Read More.

Being Prepared

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the US Government has taken steps to encourage all citizens to make their own survival preparations, and since 2004, September has been officially designated as National Preparedness Month. September was chosen for two reasons. First, the tragedies of 9/11 highlighted to the nation the importance of being prepared, … Read More.

Feeding Your Pet Healthy Food

What is actually in our pets’ food?
There have been recalls in the past, and there is a lot to say on this subject regarding the pet-food industry and the standards — well, the lack of standards — for quality control within the industry and the FDA. But I am not going to go into that … Read More.

Maritime Northwest Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of November

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of November
By November, it is usually too wet, cold and dark to get much production out of your yards and gardens. Ideally your growing areas are cleaned of debris and either cover cropped or heavily mulched. With all of the outdoor tasks accomplished, it … Read More.

Fill Your Pantry!

[ November 4, 2017; 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. December 3, 2017; ] By November, most of us in the greater Portland/Vancouver/Hood River area are facing the fact that winter is truly coming and we need to prepare for the inevitable Cold Weather. Many of us do things like drain &/or cap outdoor faucets, pack away summer clothes and pull out winter coats. Some of us need to … Read More.

Portland Veg Fest

[ October 14, 2017; October 15, 2017; ]  

Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2017
Exhibit Hall and Speaker Rooms: 10am-6pm
Oregon Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A
Speakers, exhibitors,  food samples, cooking demos, book store, family activities, fashion and beauty, Veg lifestyle product and service exhibitors. $10 for a single day or $17 for a two-day pass.

Exhibitor list https://nwveg.org/vegfest-sponsors-exhibitors-2017

Speakers and presentations: https://nwveg.org/vegfest-program-2017

Garden Home Community Library Sustainability + Repair Fair

[ October 13, 2017; 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Friday, Oct. 13 from 5-7:30 pm
Garden Home Recreation Center
Gymnasium 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland
This is a free, family friendly event with topics of interest for everyone including parents, retired folks, apartment dwellers, or homeowners. Exhibitors include: Brooks Design Services, Ecobinary, Eco Shuttle, Green Living Journal, Grocery Getter Organic, H20 at Home, Happy … Read More.

Maritime Northwest Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of October

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of October
While this year’s garden is fresh in mind, create or update your garden journal with a sketch of what was planted where. Note any pest or disease problems. Record what varieties did well and what did not. This will help you layout your … Read More.