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.

Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of February

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of February
Don’t get carried away and start planting your whole garden if we happen to get a week or two of “false spring” weather this month. Although the days can reach into the 50s, the nights still are likely to return to the 20s … Read More.

Apartment Composting Made Easy

If you are passionate like me about managing your home waste, but live in an apartment, Bokashi composting may be your answer to your food waste dilemmas. Bokashi is a Japanese method of composting that essentially uses live microbes to “pickle” food waste. During fermentation in the anaerobic atmosphere, it breaks down food into a … Read More.

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

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of January 
Many of the tasks outlined for December are ongoing and necessary throughout the winter season. Now that the busy, sometimes hectic, holiday season is in the past, January is a great time for personal reflection while starting to look forward to the year ahead. Planning … Read More.

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

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of December
December tends to be a continuation of our region’s seasonally wet weather but
can occasionally get snowy. The primary difference between this month and last is that the days are getting colder and shorter as the Winter Solstice arrives. This is the time of … 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.

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.

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