Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEWS, MOON SHINE AND HARVEST TIME!

 

 ONGOING:  how to create ways to help the earth, people and create a surplus to share! Includes:


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If you missed this year's event plan on next year - one of most important ways to find good food that stores well, and meet your local farmers:

Ten Rivers Food Web hosted its 5th Annual Corvallis Fill Your Pantry Market on Sunday, November 2 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM.
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Seventeen vendors from across the TRFW region will be selling bulk quantities of storage crops including beans, grains, root crops, preserves, honey, & frozen meats. Support your local food producers by attending Fill Your Pantry!

see the website of Ten Rivers Food Web (Benton, Linn & Lincoln Counties)
http://www.tenriversfoodweb.org/

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NEW BIZ CARD!

 
Some listings on ETSY, Craig's List

ALSO: Now offering




Small Pet & House Sitting Services!
If you need a person to care for your pets, please do contact: dawnvoyager@gmail.com
 
 
 


SPECTACULAR BLOOD MOON & ECLIPSE 
 OCTOBER 8-9, 2014


NICE OPPORTUNITY FOR WANNABE ASTRONAUT/SPACE TRAVELER:
NASA OFFERS BOARDING PASS TO CARRY YOUR NAME ON
ORION FIRST FLIGHT! 

 http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?action=getcert&e=1&cn=361305





Hope everyone got a glimpse (at least) of that beautiful
Harvest Moon
and took a moment to be still and just enjoy the otherworldly view....for in only a moment our "busy-ness" comes back in focus.... 

So now it is also time to think harvesting the bounty in our gardens, and celebrate the Autumn Equinox (coming up on September 23), known otherwise as "FALL IS HERE!"  Most everyone in the foodie world is very much aware of what all that means:  harvest, glean, reap the bounty of food in our gardens, and also, can, freeze, preserve what you can.  That last is a hard one for me as I would much rather be outside in the garden.  So if you want to trade those skills for some food, let me know - sooner than later.  I have the canning equipment but would really be most interested in freezing what is harvested from the garden. 

Will be firing up the bread oven on the Equinox here  - Tuesday evening, 9/23/14 .....for anyone interested, send email with your interest in sharing the oven for baking some bread...other..?   Enjoy good company  & good food from a wood fired oven.
 
A craigs list ad brought a number of responses from some folks who thought they might like to try out the offer:  free veggies in exchange for learning some other skills (text & photos below) but everyone has gone back to "busy" so the search for some ongoing help continues: 

VEGGIES, EGGS, PLANTS - SALE OR TRADE FOR NATURAL BUILDING & SUSTAINABILITY SKILLS & MORE! 


FOR SALE: VEGGIES FROM GARDEN (no chemicals)$1/pound; fresh eggs $3/doz; also plants - perennials and pond plants $1 - 5. Or trade for help: learn how to build w natural materials & much more, see list below.
(click on photos for enlargement)
image 19image 8image 9image 1image 5image 16In exchange for helping harvest veggies & get a winter garden underway, you can join us and learn how to build with cob (earth & straw) starting with a small structure already in progress. Interested in growing your own veggies year 'round, herb spiral, water garden, "mud sculpting", earthen bread ovens, small garden structures? Send an email and how you prefer to be contacted for more information. See photos and other offers below. I am also willing to teach the strategies below - fun, creative, wonderful and practical ways to building with natural materials & recycle, use...etc.!!!!!!!!!!!

See and learn how to make or nurture, create ways to help the earth, people and create a surplus to share! Includes:

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          *EARTHEN BREAD OVEN (for PIZZAS, BREAD, HOLIDAY MEALS & EVERYDAY BAKING  - click on the link below to see
EARTHENBREADOVENSWORLDWIDE
 
 
image 6 **MULCHING & COMPOSTING - MAKE YOUR OWN RICH ORGANIC SOIL WITH LOCAL MATERIALS &  COMPOST THE EASY WAY image 13 *NO TILL GARDENSimage 4 & CONVERT YOUR LAWN TO GARDEN   *VERMICOMPOSTING (WORM BIN)
 

 
*BEES FOR THE GARDENS &
*POLLINATOR PLANTS AND SHELTER
*WATER GARDENS (PONDS)


 
*NATURAL/CLAY PAINTS, PLASTERS& FINISHES/ DIY BUILD IT YOURSELF SMALL STRUCTURES 
 

 
*SMALL SCALE RAINH20 HARVESTING SYSTEMS
*EARTHWORKS TO HARVEST RAIN

*RAIN CHAINS, BASINS &
RAIN GARDEN  
 
 *PLANT A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY
*GARDENS THAT A CHILD CAN GROW

 


 *WINTER GARDENING with AFFORDABLE SEASON EXTENDERS (including *SOLAR COLD FRAME& MINI-GREENHOUSE)
 

    *NATIVE PLANTS/WOODLAND GARDEN

 

*CREATE A COMMUNITY EXCHANGE: SHARE GARDEN TIPS & IDEAS, PLANTS, SEEDS, GOOD COMPANY & FOOD FROM THE GARDEN

 Are you interested in creating a community garden/demonstration site? ?? if so - please do get in touch.

Site is A PERMACULTURE URBAN HOMESTEAD IN PROCESS in Sweet Home. We can use the site to experiment with these strategies, most already in place. You bring good energy, gloves for work in the garden, and plan to have some fun. Meet other farmer/gardeners, others who care! See all these in action & find out how to do it (and there is more...!)
If you cannot do the physical work we also accept "donations" or sharing of materials as exchange
WISH LIST:
  • newspaper (prefer b&w)
  •  burlap bags or cloth
  • firewood (for bread oven) hardwood preferred
  • & compost materials (contact for info)
  • egg cartons
  • SHARE COST OF SUPPLIES e.g., organic soil amendments, KELP or fish emulsion or other organic amendments
  • exchange veggies - my garden veggies for yours - if you have carrots, eggplant, peppers or other - send info on what you have to trade.
  • share rides to Albany, Corvallis, Eugene
  • shopping errands & share some meals
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014



Calling all volunteers:  
Frog gave notice:  gone someplace wetter!
Hot summer & so dry ...(no, not like CA but the hottest driest summer I remember here)!  In addition recent misfortune & departure of helpers has taken its toll!  It would be great to have someone local to help but of course all reasonable offers are considered!

Please note:  It is not possible right now to quote an hourly exchange ( $/veg/hr)  because of the crisis-level of help needed in garden. Right now everything depends on getting help in weeding, mulching and keeping it watered.  Otherwise the harvest will be short-lived.  So say you volunteered for 3 hours ....you can take home a small box of veggies that are available. The selection is what is available that day, and of course 4 hours = bigger box.   Does that sound fair?  It is obviously dependent on what is available.  We should  talk & confirm the night before you come to make it realistic.   Please do let me know your decision so we can plan the days forward.

If you are still interested below is a list of the "veggies du jour" available for picking most days or in the evenings as well most times.  Weeding, watering and new winter garden going in - all dependent on resources here.  Photos show a couple of projects in process:

Preparing Hoop House for Winter Garden





Chx new nest (modeled after bread oven)




 






The GOOD NEWS IS*
See https://www.adaptiveseeds.com/product-category/winter-varieties  *Andrew & Sarah are a young couple planting & growing varieties and diverse plantings on 25 acres near here to grow out the open pollinated, safe, and adapted to our very own area.  So at the least you can use this to identify, get incredible info/images on this site, and enjoy the seeds/plants  you might be interested in....plus support them by buying their seed for the comfort of knowing growing food that is SAFE to eat! 

***It is so great to be a "steward" for some of their seed and incredible Garlic!  Hoping to do ongoing winter garden demo here from now til mid September.

Veggies etc. du Jour:  +++++offering potted perennials, medicinals and plants to enjoy if you come & pick or help in any way - will also help you build & populate your own ecosystem: water garden (small pond) if you help here and you would like a pond!

The bees have been busy!!!!!!!!
  • some small tomatoes
  • patty pan squash yellow - getting to giant size - a few new each day
  • zucchini a few new each day
  • green beans - one more picking?
  • lots of kale & chard -several varieties available
  • some small lettuce favorites - micro greens mostly
  • cucumbers - lemon and Armenian cukes
  • tiny broccoli heads - second growth
  • Oregano freshly picked & dried
  • Chives, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, lavender,  fresh, and cuttings from
  • other:   cuttings and potted borage, calendula, sedum & succulents, lilies, cat mint (nip), other plants & tons of water lettuce & pond plants - please do take some!  I am short on onions & peppers, no carrots, eggplant, leeks or cabbage I am sorry to say.
  • in the future:  scarlet runner beans, beefsteak tomatoes......
  • +  fresh eggs
You may be shocked to see the site right now, but with your help and some good fortune it will soon get back to the design plan: a small but productive  permaculture homestead !  Please do give a quick call before you come - there are always errands etc. , and it would be a shame to miss you. It would be much appreciated if we can exchange email & telephone # so we can communicate directly.   Thanks so much for building a more sustainable world!

P.S. if you can't do the physical work, and want to see a "wish list" for the site, please email or leave a message....there is a list available.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

INVITATION - JOIN US IN BEING MORE SUSTAINABLE, CREATIVE, HAVE SOME FUN, MEET GREAT NEIGHBORS!

NEWSFLASH:  FOR THE BEST OF THE BEST "SEED SAVERS" SEE NEW ONLINE CATALOG AT
 
  
August 2014
 


HACKED? OR HAUNTED?
Please excuse....somehow the most recent post was deleted and many of the photos in this blog (starting in 2009) are no longer visible.  This is a history I will try to recreate, including the photos and my one slideshow which contained both past history in the desert Southwest and events here in the Pacific Northwest.  Whatever happened, it took many hours to create, and lots of energy. Will try again & hope it does not get hacked this time.  So, to start again, here's an abbreviated "gist" of a recent post and a few photos to replace the many that are gone:

Early in the spring we received the news that the GMO contamination was already spreading at random and has been in the food chain for years - and you've probably been keeping up with the stories and are helping to support GMO Labeling in Oregon this fall.

At the time that bad news was posted, it was hard not to be very discouraged  - maybe even to consider giving up all the efforts of creating a sustainable world.  I wrote some thoughts down, and found it too long diatribe to post but have copied in the 'conclusion' of my thoughts, in as few words as possible with some striking images, quotes and links to some of the beauty in our lives, in spite of  the "beast" that we have created and can no longer control. 

Pause for thought..........
Beautiful Lavender Labyrinth built by my friend Eve, in far West TX - wonderful for meditation
"Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required.  Don't be put off by people who know what is not possible.  Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done." --Paul Hawken

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB4UEQzUmWc
Audio from "Chasing Ice" documentary

Or as my Quaker friend would say..."Be calm and carry on...." It's the only game in town.
 
The added (quote)on photo gives as good a rationale for carrying on, as there is, I think. 
That and love!
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So, back to the current state of things, gardening and creating a more sustainable world close to home...to anyone interested here on the slopes of the Cascades at ~600 ft. elevation:

What about creating a community garden/demonstration site? ??

   For now the site we can use to experiment is a PERMACULTURE URBAN HOMESTEAD IN PROCESS in Sweet Home.
Are you still out there? Choose one from list below and let us know!

*CREATE A COMMUNITY EXCHANGE: SHARE GARDEN TIPS & IDEAS, PLANTS, SEEDsS, GOOD COMPANY & FOOD FROM THE GARDEN

 

 *WINTER GARDENING with AFFORDABLE SEASON EXTENDERS (including *SOLAR COLD FRAME & MINI-GREENHOUSE)
 
 
*MULCHING & COMPOSTING - MAKE YOUR OWN RICH ORGANIC SOIL WITH LOCAL MATERIALS & COMPOST THE EASY WAY
 
*NO TILL GARDENS & CONVERT YOUR LAWN TO GARDEN
 
*VERMICOMPOSTING (WORM BIN)

 
*BEES FOR THE GARDENS &
*POLLINATOR PLANTS AND SHELTER*WATER GARDENS (PONDS)

 
*EARTHEN BREAD OVEN (for PIZZAS, BREAD,
    HOLIDAY MEALS & EVERYDAY BAKING
 
*SMALL SCALE RAINH20 HARVESTING SYSTEMS
 
*EARTHWORKS TO HARVEST RAIN
 
*RAIN CHAINS, BASINS & RAIN GARDENS
 
*PLANT A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY
 
*GARDENS THAT A CHILD CAN GROW
 
*NATIVE PLANTS/WOODLAND GARDEN
 
....and more! see photos below

 
 

Site is A PERMACULTURE URBAN HOMESTEAD IN PROCESS in Sweet Home.

You bring good energy, gloves for work in the garden, and plan to have some fun

Meet other farmer/gardeners, others who care!

Future DIY DAYS: See all these in action & find out how to do it (and there is more...!)

Thanks for Your Interest!
Permaculture/Sustainable Living - Learn by Doing
 dawnvoyager@gmail.com    (preferred)

or call 541 367 8896 for the location & directions

Elements on site: 

Permaculture gardens with rain H2O harvesting, Bread Oven, Chickens, (Fresh eggs) dog, 2 cats, veggies, fruit, solar blocker screens, trellis for shade, circle garden, keyhole garden, hoop house, solar cold frame & other season extenders,  swales, rain barrels, rain chain, most structures built with reclaimed materials.




 
 
   
 
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