Integrated Pest Management Benefits Farm and Consumer

Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control, Small Scale Farming
Today's consumer is educated and more and more people want to know about how their food is treated and where it comes from. Words such as "organic" and "sustainable" that were once reserved for a small population of foodies or environmentalists are now making their way into everyday vocabulary. As a result, farmers are reacting to this new shift in food culture and are learning about alternative growing and treatment methods. For three generations, The Orr Family Farm has been owned and operated by George S. Orr & Sons, Inc. Today, this 1,000-acre farm is managed by Mike and Mark Orr. And, two years ago, Katy Orr-Trenary returned to manage the farm's market. "Our family has a responsibility to the future stewards of our land, and to future customers," she…
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First post of the season….

Our Homestead
I am STILL IN OREGON! Don't feel like I'm EVER going to get home! Today, we gathered up as many native Douglas Furs as we thought we could carry home. We tried to gather a fiver footer (as it was going in a burn pile soon anyway) but it wilted before we could get it home. (errrrrr) I was SO bummed. Well, we're picking up the uHaul on Wednesday and heading out early Thursday. There may very well be time to get in some good corn, green beans, and maybe even some squash if we try real hard. I may still have to rely on Uncle for good read tomatoes this year, and OF COURSE, what we can't raise this year, we'll buy local!! Hope all your garden plans are…
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Basils for the Home Herb Garden

Basils for the Home Herb Garden

Herb Gardening
Basils make a beautiful addition to the home herb garden. They are flavorful in SO many ways! Basils include approximately 150 species, mostly from Asia, Africa, and South America that have spread throughout the world as culinary and ornamental herbs. There are four basic types of basil: sweet green basil, dwarf green basil, purple-leafed basil and scented basils. [caption id="attachment_1761" align="alignright" width="199"] thai is one of the many basils to grow in a home herb garden[/caption] Basil is grown as an annual in most zones under 8 since it dies down at the first frost. Basils requires full sun and well drained soil although it is not particular about rich or poor soils. Pinching back the flowers will encourage growth and increase harvest. There are many varieties and flavors of…
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