On the Road: North Cascades Highway and Beyond

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Mid-September should be the perfect time for a trip along the North Cascades Highway, through the Methow Valley, up and down the Okanogan River Valley from the Canadian border to the confluence with the Columbia River, and back home. This time the perfect weather and lovely views, were marred with smoke from many recent and active forest fires. However your GoodFood World publishers – that would be Ken and me – drove right through and visited old friends, made new friends, and got in a bit of history.
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Pests: Weeds and Unwanted 4-Legged Visitors

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Yesterday was Tuesday which meant that we spent our afternoon at Jubilee Farm weeding. Actually, at this time of the year, the jobs fall pretty evenly between harvesting and weeding! Simply not enough time
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Down on the Farm

Prep for Transplanting

Your GoodFood World publishers are farmers one afternoon a week at Jubilee Biodynamic Farm in Carnation WA and it has rained every week since the end of April! A little mud never hurt anyone!
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On the Road: Historic Grist Mill, Thorp WA

Thorp Grist Mill, Thorp WA

On our way to the Washington Tilth Producers Conference in Yakima, a sign on the freeway beckoned us to explore. Just minutes away, we were in standing in the middle of history. There are a few remaining historic mills in the state. You’ll find the Thorp Grist Mill, just off Interstate 90; about 10 miles northeast of Ellensburg.
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Organics in Romania: the Promise of Export Markets

A reduced inventory in Brasov’s organic food shop

Known primarily for its spectacular castles and fortresses—not to mention the legend of Vlad the Impaler—Romania is also a country abundant in arable farmland. Romania’s allocation of organically-farmed land may seem small but its rate of growth indicates that there is both interest and intent in adopting the practice.
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On the Road: Quinoa and Teff

Kevin Murphy, WSU, Quinoa Trials

We are on the final leg of our “grain tour” of Washington and Montana where we met farmers and millers growing and processing heritage grains and grain alternatives. Kevin Murphy and Vicki Bradley are just two of the many links in the chain that makes it possible for this region to produce so many unusual – and delicious – cereal grains.
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On the Road – Black Corn, Black Barley, Black Lentils, and Black Chick Peas

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We headed off on our Montana “drive-about” looking for heritage grains, small grains, and grain alternatives; and we found some of the nicest people raising some of the most interesting crops!
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On the Road: Out in the Fields

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OK, folks, I had my first combine ride thanks to Casey Bailey! Complete with a pronghorn antelope in close observation!
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On the Road: Montina

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Our first stop in Montana was at Amazing Grains, miller and marketer of Montina™ brand Indian rice grass, where we met Grace Lee – “Amazing Grace” – and her husband Brad.
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On the Road: Montana-Bound

Now THIS is dry farming!

Folks, here we are on the start of our Montana Drive About. Join us as we visit grain farmers across the state.
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