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The Portage Bay Grange on Roosevelt in the University District, is a great place to learn skills, pick up high quality feed, get new chicks and meet great people interested in urban farming. Here’s an interview with owner and founder Kevin Scott-Vandenberge. UFH – What path led you to opening the Grange? My wife-partner Kirsten […]

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It’s that time of year when the seed catalogs start pouring in.  Glossy pictures showing burgeoning beets and luscious tomatoes make me forget January rains as I dream of the harvest to come.  Just as I was about to lose myself to their siren call I got a text message from my neighbor suggesting we […]

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2014 was a great urban farming year!  A mild winter and warm summer boosted yields and best of all Kathleen and I got a chance to connect with more readers both virtually and in-person. Each year it’s interesting to look back through the analytics and see what posts were on top. Here are the top […]

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Growing garlic is very easy and is a great thing to plant if you have big summer plans that are going to keep you out of the garden. There are softneck and hardneck varieties of garlic; the softneck grow best in a colder climate and are easy to braid.  I usually do some of both.  […]

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With shorter days, cool winds and rainy weather it’s time to put part of my garden to bed for the winter.  I am sad to let summer with its glorious brilliance go but the soil needs to rest and rebuild.  I have a few plots planted with winter herbs and vegetables and will soon plant […]

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Happy 2014 Fall Equinox!

I woke up this morning with a cool breeze coming through the window and a lingering smell of baked apples from last night’s dinner permeating the house.  Today is the Fall Equinox or Mabon on the pagan calendar, and it’s the start of my favorite time of year; I love the clear light, overflowing farmer’s […]

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“Those pumpkins are going to invade Puyallup” said a small boy looking in awe at a pair of Atlantic Giant Pumpkins on display in the Agriculture building at this year’s Washington State Fair.  I had to agree that he had a point; they were huge and had the misshapen look of something about to morph […]

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What to do with those hop cones ripening on your vine?  Making beer is the first thing that comes to people’s minds as this plant is what gives brews their distinctive bitter flavor but there’s a lot more you can do! What exactly is hops? Hops are hardy perennials that can grow up to 26 […]

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This week I visited the 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living in Woodinville, Washington.  This farm is a nonprofit learning center and living laboratory that focuses on organic agriculture, sustainable living and green building technologies. I started my tour with a visit to the farmer’s market. “Working here I’m beginning to understand […]

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Elaine’s yard is glorious!  Every inch is bursting with unusual herbs, vegetables, flowers, fruit and juicy, succulent tomatoes.  Back in March when I first visited it was all carefully placed beds and dreams; look below to see how those dreams have come true.  

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