Community Support and Update Letter 10-05-15

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Growing Organic: Potluck and Farm Tour

Sunday, October 11 | 5:30 PM

Organic vegetarian potluck and garden tour. Bring your own plate, utensils and a dish to share.

4 Wands Farm
23818 Henderson Rd, Corvallis, OR

Katie Stokes has extensive winter gardens and a greenhouse. This is our traditional end of the season tour.

Cider pressing at 4:30 pm. If you wish to press your own apples, call (541) 929-4354 to confirm.
Farm tour begins promptly at 5:30 pm.
Vegetarian potluck to follow at 6:30 pm.

From Muddy Creek Charter School/corner of Decker Rd and Bellfountain Rd go west on Decker Rd 2.5 miles. Left on Beaver Creek .7 mile. Right on Henderson (poorly marked but there is a sign) 1.3 miles. Driveway “Y’s” to the left […]

Tomatoes: Recipes

A broad variety of tomatoes are available during the summer and early fall months and one plant can produce a large yield. Now what? Below you will find some information about using tomatoes and includes some recipe ideas to get you started. In addition to recipes that focus on the use of tomatoes we will provide some tips on how to sneak these cancer preventing treats into your daily diet.

Tomatoes make excellent additions to soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as stir-fry meals. They are also a good option for adding produce to your morning meals. Tomatoes can be added to a breakfast quiche, a scramble, omelet, or breakfast sandwich. Any time of day tomatoes will brighten your plate and provide important nutrients […]

Tomatoes: Nutrition


Tomatoes provide a multitude of health benefits but most importantly they’re associated with a decrease in the risk of degenerative diseases and some cancers. Antioxidants in tomatoes include lycopene, ascorbic acid, and phenols. All three play important roles when it comes to staying healthy.

Lycopene, a phytochemical, is a bright red carotenoid pigment best known for its role in reducing the risk of numerous cancers. Ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C, is water soluble and an essential part of the human diet playing a key role in metabolic pathways. Phenols, a group of compounds are classified as flavonoids and nonflavonoids but more research is needed to determine the effects of each compound individually.

Deep red tomatoes have […]

Tomatoes: Where, When, and How Much?


It’s tomato season and they can be found everywhere in stores and at your local farmers market. Types that are available now at local farmers markets include large slicer varieties, heirloom varieties, and heritage varieties. If you’re looking for a specific variety it is best to talk directly to local farmers and grocers to determine availability. The large range in sizes, colors, and flavors make choosing the right variety key to perfecting your next meal.

At the small end are cherry tomatoes, great for salads and snacking, which are currently being sold for $3 per pint at area farmers markets. The heirloom tomatoes which are some of the most sought after are currently priced for about $3 […]

Growing Organic: Potluck and Garden Tour

Sunday, September 13 | 6:30 PM

Organic vegetarian potluck and garden tour. Bring your own plate, utensils and a dish to share.

Home of Steve and Beatrice RoseGrowing Organic chapter potluck TRFW Ten Rivers Food Web
25456 Bull Run, Alpine, OR
(off Bellfountain Rd)
Please park in the designated area along the gravel road.

Steve and Beatrice are doing a mix of gardening, farming and animal husbandry. Their work towards sustainability is ongoing. Cattle provide meat and revenue. A greenhouse facilitates the garden, with early seed starting, and also makes it possible to grow citrus and figs. They care for a portion of woodland, which provides wood for fuel […]

Summer Squash: Nutritional Information

TabSummer squash (Cucurbita pepo) come in many different varieties and are members of the Cucurbitaceae family. This family also contains melons and cucumbers. Summer squash are different from winter squashes due to their maturity level. Winter squash has a tough outer skin due to being fully mature. Summer squash is immature and results in the softer skin. Regardless of variety, all parts of summer squash are edible, including the flesh, seeds and skin. Some varieties of squash also produce edible flowers.

A cup of summer squash is only 20 calories, differing slightly between varieties. About 85-90% of the total calories in both winter and summer squash come from carbohydrate. Roughly half of the carbohydrates from squash […]

Summer Squash: When is it available and for how much?

TabThe name itself lets us know that summer time is the best time to look for fresh and local summer squash. They tend to become available in local farmers markets and farm stands starting in June and running through October. Types may vary based on location and timing but farmers markets are usually filled with a wide variety of summer squash. Farmers are currently selling both the yellow and green zucchini, crookneck, and yellow and green patty pan squash.

Since summer squash are immature the smaller they are the more flavor you will generally get from them. Once they become large they lose flavor and toughen up. These are still useful though so don’t ignore the […]

Growing Organic: Potluck and Garden Tour

Sunday, August 9 | 5:30 PM

Organic vegetarian potluck and garden tour. Bring your own plate, utensils and a dish to share.

Sharing Gardens
664 Orchard St, Monroe, OR (at the bright yellow house behind United Methodist Church)

Sharing GardensThe Sharing Gardens is a unique model for community gardening. In their 7th season, they run entirely through volunteer efforts, and cash and material donations. The acre of vegetable gardens yields tremendous harvests, which are shared by those who have contributed […]

GMOs: what we know and where to go from here

The following paper by Corvallis Acupuncturist, Alan Coffman, discusses what we know about GMOs and what is still unclear. The ripple effect of GMO usage combined with increased use of poisons is of great concern. There is a high likelihood of health and environmental issues from unexpected reactions and biochemical changes. Alan encourages all of us to educate ourselves on the topic and connect with our lawmakers to ensure evidence based legislation is created to address the use of GMOs in America. Click the following image for the full paper.

GMOs by Alan Coffman