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.

Rent Food Preserving Equipment

Food Preservation Equipment Rental
Mirador Community Store at 2106 SE Division St. got the idea for renting out preserving equipment through interactions with their customers.
Lynn Hanrahan, the store’s owner, noticed that there were two themes that came up:
1) The customer needed the equipment, say a Steam Juicer, just once a year to process their grapes. Purchasing … Read More.

Palm Oil Plantations Wrecking Asian Rainforests

Palm oil, listed as, “vegetable oil,” in many supermarket food products is responsible for cultures, ecosystems, and animals, like the orangutan, tiger, and sun bears being pushed to extinction, and the problem is getting worse.

In the rush to profit from this cheap food and biodiesel-producing plant, palm oil plantations are replacing the biodiversity of co2-sopping … Read More.