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Dragon Carrots, Bulls Blood Beets Comin' to Gitcha!
 

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Volunteer Garden Crew Update - The volunteers have been busy clearing and preparing beds, planting cover crops, corralling and moving the chickens, harvesting tomato, basil, wheat and quinoa. We have been busy! Our food harvest donations are close to 800 pounds so far for the season. We look forward to the later fall harvest of winter squash, onions and potatoes.

Garden News
Seeding & Transplanting has kept us busy and on our toes this month, from ‘Dragon’ Carrots to Bulls Blood Beets and numerous heirloom varieties of Lettuce, Chard and even Kohlrabi. We are especially looking forward to the Purple Peacock Broccoli and a very old Beet variety dating to 1885 named ‘Crapaudine’. Two solid beds of Winter Greens were planted in early September with more going in soon. These kale and green beds will allow us to continue donating fresh produce this winter to the Tualatin School House Pantry. Along with the greens come more cover crop seeds of Crimson Clover and Oats.  Our beds will be ready and fertile for next Spring's post cover crop.

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Save the Date - You can purchase organic veggie starts and support the OEC on September 17 at our Plant Sale & Open House at Luscher Farm in the Tilth Gardens! Here’s a sampling of what we’ll be selling:

  • Purple Sprouting, De Cicco, & Purple Peacock Broccoli
  • Bull’s Blood Beet        
  • Ruby Streaks Mustard
  • Rainbow Chard        
  • Red Choi Pac Choi
  • Slow Bolt Cilantro        
  • Spinach
  • Lacinato and Russian White Kale    
  • Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Marvel of 4 Seasons Lettuce        
  • Winter Cover Crop seed
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Upcoming Classes - Join us!

Sept. 17. (10 am – 3 pm) Tilth Plant Sale & Open House. Free event in celebration of Organically Grown in Oregon Week.

Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, Comprehensive Organic Gardener Program. Multi-session program in organic vegetable gardening. To register, Click Here!.

Don't forget to check out these other tilth-worthy events...

OECDonate
Check Out the National Organic Program's New Homepage
Grants/Scholarships for Organic Family Farmers
Help Stop "Roundup Ready" Alfalfa
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RaisingOrganicFamilyFarms
CenterforFoodSafety
NOP just launched a new, streamlined website that presents information more clearly for those that don't "speak" organic.  This round of updates includes the following topic areas:
  • Homepage
  • About us
  • Standards and rulemaking
  • National List
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Financial assistance
  • National Organic Standards Board
Read more on NOP's new homepage...
Lundberg Family Farms® has launched a new initiative that will award up to $50,000 total in grants and scholarships.     Aspiring commercial organic family farmers can submit a 500-word essay in one of three categories:
  • Seed money for equipment, supplies or repairs
  • Education funding towards schooling or conference registration
  • Mentorship with experts in business planning, marketing, retail, livestock management or crop planning.
Read more on Grants and Scholarships...

From The Center for Food Safety:

We need your help. As you may know, CFS is once again challenging the USDA’s decision to deregulate genetically engineered, "Roundup Ready" alfalfa. Roundup Ready alfalfa can contaminate other non-genetically engineered alfalfa seed and hay. They also lead to the creation of herbicide tolerant weeds, weeds that result in increased use of herbicides. The spraying of these toxic herbicides further harms U.S. agriculture and the environment.

Read more on the effort to stop GM alfalfa...
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