Sustainable Table: Gospel’s Garden

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Gospel Rescue Mission in Grants Pass has a garden which is producing thousands of pounds of food. It took many donations of time and skills to make that garden grow, but now that it is, it feeds residents at the mission as well as those who are still in on … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Turkeys

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Each year in the U.S. an estimated 270 million turkeys are raised. Of that, just 30% are used as Thanksgiving dinner; that’s still about 81 million birds served up in less than a month’s time. 14 turkeys from Quail Glen Farm, outside of Ashland, will be the centerpiece at holiday tables … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Growing For All

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – This is about the time of year the donations to food pantries really start picking up, but for one area food bank they’ve been picking their own fruit and vegetables. A farm that looks newly emptied from harvest is all that’s left from a 1/3 of an acre which produced 50,000 … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Farm To School Month

ASHLAND, Ore. – The national non-profit is doing big things locally, teaching kids about where their food comes from. It’s Farm To School Month, and statewide, the organization is working toward grant funding which would expand their mission. The Oregon State Legislature is currently considering a bill which would allocate $5 million in grant funding … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Seed Saving

MEDFORD, Ore. – It was a practice essential to our ancestors for thousands of years: if they didn’t save the seeds from one year to the next the consequences were simple: they didn’t eat. Seed saving is still going on, especially this time of year. Tuesday night, curious gardeners gathered at Jackson County’s OSU Extension … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Aquaponics

NEAR WIMER, Ore. – If you’ve heard of aquaponics, you’re ahead of most Americans. If you know how it works, you’re really on the ball, and if you’ve bought produce from The Farming Fish outside Wimer, then you might have bought it from the largest aquaponic farm in the entire country. From hard work on … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Dairy Goats

APPLEGATE, Ore. – Every time the economy takes a downturn, the interest in goats or other small farm skills rises, and that was no different this time around. Maria Lehnhardt became interested in goats 24 years ago. “We wanted to do as many food things as we could, as healthy and natural as we could,” … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Home Brewing

MEDFORD, Ore. — Beer is popular across the world, but starting local often results in a better and more affordable product. This weekend, the Harvest Festival at the Jackson County Expo will have the largest beer tent ever in Southern Oregon. More than 50 craft brewers from the Northwest will show off, but it’s also … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Eat Local Challenge

MEDFORD, Ore. – Finding local produce, meats, and dairy can be a challenge in a busy life. While hundreds participate in “Eat Local Week”, each year, during this time about 100 people take it to the next level. Augustine Colebrook cooks for a family of seven and is a local business owner. This year, she … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table, Part 3: Availability

By Erin Maxson Growing your own produce can be an intimidating thing, not to mention preparing and preserving it. But there are lots of resources to help you get started on your sustainable table. Making a commitment to eating locally and sustainably can be as convenient or as involved as you want it to be; … Continue reading »

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