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.

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.

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.

Organicology: The Study of a Sustainable Food Future

[ February 2, 2017; February 3, 2017; February 4, 2017; ] The organic food and agriculture community will come together on February 2-4, 2017 at the Portland Hilton Downtown for the fifth biennial ORGANICOLOGY conference, considered to be the largest gathering for organic farmers, activists, policy experts, educators, retailers and sustainable organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

Keynote Speakers 

Mas Masumoto, Masumoto Family Farm

Mas is an organic farmer on … 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.

Are Garden Pests Getting the Best of Your Fruits & Veggies?

If you live in the Pacific Northwest area, you may have started to see pesky garden bugs make a meal out of your fruits and vegetables. Having pests in your garden is more than inconvenient, but with a little extra knowledge, you can get to the bottom of the issue and find a solution to … Read More.

Big Money Against GMO Labeling

And So It Begins. The big money pours in against GMO labeling.
This is what came in my mail on Saturday, and so I decided to take a closer look. A closer look at the No on 92 Coalition, that is, and I did find what I was looking for.
Guess what? The usual suspects are pouring … Read More.

Free Film Showing: Rebecca’s Wild Farm and The Agro Rebel

[ August 22, 2013; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. September 26, 2013; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] Brighid’s Circle LLC is presenting two free films exploring food security, permaculture, and new methods for feeding our families and communities.
Rebecca’s Wild Farm: a Farm for the Future
Rising fuel prices are a wake up call for filmmaker, Rebecca Hosking, as she investigates how to transform her families farm in Devon into a low energy … Read More.