With more than 35,000 family farms growing more than 220 crops its no wonder Oregonians eat more vegetables than folks in nearly every other state.
You know who your doctor is, your dentist and the folks who fix your car, so why shouldn’t you know the farmers who grow your food? There are hundreds of farmers markets all over Oregon, and increasingly they are sprouting up in the workplace. It’s the ultimate convenience.
Oregon is rich in agriculture. It shapes our landscape, our economy and who we are as a people. And it just makes sense that nearly half the schools in Oregon have a school garden, where students are learning the fundamentals of food production, along with the essential skills they need for a lifetime of healthy eating.
It is hard to believe there are only three weeks left of school before kids are out for the summer. Do your kids have their summer plans laid out yet? What about enrolling them in a fun food, farm or cooking camp?
If you plan on having a garden this year, right now is the time to start seeds for transplanting. A great activity to do with your kids is to make your own plant pots out of newspapers to grow seeds in. It’s a fun, easy way to up-cycle newspaper, and plants thrive in the DIY pots.
Springtime in Oregon is a wonderful time of year for agriculture. Right now is the time to prepare the soil, and plant seeds and transplants. There are also a lot of decisions to be made about what to grow, and how and when to grow it.
It may seem like the warmth of summer will never get here. But you don’t have to wait for it to stop raining to get out and enjoy Oregon agriculture. Springtime is a great time of year to experience unique Oregon agriculture adventures and make family memories that will last a lifetime.
The Oregon dairy industry has been producing award-winning cheeses, milk, butter, premium ice cream, sour cream and yogurt for more than 150 years.
Oregon’s climate and soils produce the right combination of growing conditions that allow Oregon farmers to produce some of the deepest colored, sweetest fruits and vegetables available.
The Hazelnut, also known as the Filbert, is the official Oregon state nut. Folks often ask: is it a Filbert or a Hazelnut? There’s truly no wrong answer. “Filbert” is the correct name for both the tree and the nut.
Oregon farmers and ranchers raise a wide selection of meats, including pork, chicken, beef, lamb, poultry, goat, buffalo, rabbit and venison. Meat raised in Oregon is nutritionally rich and part of a balanced diet.
The USDA’s new guidelines suggest people eat fish twice a week. We’re lucky to live in Oregon where we can eat local seafood year round. Oregon seafood is caught from Astoria in the north, to Brookings in the south and it provides an economic backbone to many coastal communities.
March 24-29, 2014 is National Agriculture Week, a time to salute the more than two million US agricultural operators and 35,000 family farms in Oregon.
February in Oregon means rain, rain, rain. Believe it or not, that’s actually a good thing! Farmers need the rain now to replenish ground water they use during the hot dry summer to grow our food.
Oregonians have access to an abundance of fruits and vegetables, which may be why we eat more veggies than most of the other states. That said, we still eat far fewer then are recommended.
Visit a winter farmers market. That’s right, winter is still farmers market season in Oregon. Oregon agriculture keeps producing even when the warm days of summer are gone and many farmers markets in Oregon run year round. If you haven’t found your market, don’t delay.
We all know kids thrive when they eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. But too often its seems like the exception then the norm. One of the best ways to normalize healthy eating is to show your kids what a healthy meal looks like.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" On the weekend of January 18-20, people throughout Oregon will come together to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by working to improve their communities.
It’s a new year, and many people have made resolutions. The plan to accomplish a goal is an individual process, but what will work for your family? Every parent wants happy, healthy kids, but these days it can seem like there is so much to do, and too much information to sift through.