Seed to Market: a Magical Lesson

When my parents first took out our front lawn for a fruit and veggie garden and planted grape vines in our backyard, I didn’t really understand their purpose. I was five years old! I was told the plants could provide food and shade.
I was curious about the beings living in the soil. I also loved … Read More.

Wanted Artwork, Poems & Artwork

[ April 22, 2018; ]

Now accepting submissions! Honoring Our Rivers publishes student (K-college) artworks, photos, poems, and prose (including those in foreign languages) inspired by rivers and watersheds of the Pacific Northwest. We invite all students, guardians, and educators to also participate in our themed section, which will center on Tribes of the Pacific Northwest and their ancestral and … Read More.

Learn About the Birds and the Bees 

“Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape” is the focus of the 4th annual BEEvent Pollinator Conference.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 
Attendees will learn from experts what to do and not do in your backyard landscape.
Discover the extremely prolific native pollinator: mason bees, their nests and pests.
Vendors will bring nesting boxes, mason bee cocoons, plants, seeds, books and more. If … Read More.

American College of Healthcare Science Holiday Open House

[ December 15, 2017; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. ]
On Campus Holiday Open House
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 5005 SW Macadam Ave, Portland OR 97239
Join ACHS & The Apothecary Shoppe for some holiday cheer!
11-11:30 a.m. – Experience how easy it is to craft your own tea blend and make your own tea bags for holiday gifts
12-12:30 p.m. Aromatherapy blending … Read More.

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.

Local Research on Natural Therapies

National College of Natural Medicine’s Helfgott Research Institute is a professional independent, non-profit research institute located in SW Portland, whose mission is to conduct rigorous, high quality, research on the art and science of healing, specifically working to understand natural forms of medicine.  At Helfgott, scientists from the fields of naturopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, immunology, and nutrition … Read More.

Planting the Seeds:

Bringing Plants and Children Together
The growing seasons of spring and summer are joyous events for nature lovers. Those who live with the darkness and snow of winter are thrilled with each new plant popping up, bird songs galore and the long, light-filled days. The regenerative energy of spring is obvious among children; just ask any … Read More.

Place-based Education: Connecting Classroom and Community

Something’s Happening Here
As you stroll down the halls of your neighborhood school at nine o’clock on a Wednesday morning, you notice that something is different. Many of the classrooms are empty; the students are not in their places with bright, shiny faces. Where are they? In the town woodlot, a forester teaches tenth graders to … Read More.

10 Things I Learned While Living Without Running Water

It is much easier than I thought to conserve resources.
My wife and I recently endured fifteen days of living without running water while a new well was being drilled on our property. If I was a more conscientious blogger, I suppose I would have chronicled the experience daily, as it unfolded.
But the truth is, I … Read More.

An Ecology Based Education

Interview with David W. Orr
What is the purpose of education? What exactly are we trying to achieve by sending kids to school for twelve years? Dr. David Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, sees a direct connection between how we teach children and the disastrous impacts of our dependence on fossil fuels. … Read More.