Monthly Archives: March 2009

Random Useful Facts (I think)

I subscribe to a blog called Enviromom, they are a great inspiration of a green way of life to shoot for.  I say shoot for because it has always been my motto that you do not have to do everything, just do something.  Everyone can tweak little things in their lives to live a greener lifestyle.  Anyway, there last post was short and to the point.  I thought it was great enough to spread it on. 


Evidently Michelle Obama is on her way to digging up a plot of grass at the White House and replacing it with a garden of  organic vegetables.  How cool is that?  It isn’t like she NEEDS to do it, I am pretty sure that there is enough food over there.  So good for her!!!  Way to set an example not only for the country, but for her girls.  Maybe a compost is on the way???  It could happen!!!


Next on the docket… The Farmer’s Almanac.  It was brought to my attention that I really should look into the Almanac, as it is pretty reliable.  So, today I decided to read up on what it has to say.  Of course, I will only spend time to tell all of you if it tells me what I want to hear.  LOL!  I have yet to get really into it, but what I did see makes me say “I knew that I knew what I was doing”. 

Today is the 22nd and you should plant your cabbage, and yesterday you should have been starting your vegi seeds indoors.

The bottom line…  At least this year,  if you need conformation because you are chomping at the bit and everyone else says WAIT, read the Farmer’ Almanac.  It made me smile!!!


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OSU Extension Class on Preserving

Preserve@Home ~ April 1-May 16

Oregon State University Homepage


Wednesday, April 1, 2009 – Thursday, April 2, 2009 (All Day Event)

Oregon State University Extension Offers Preserve@Home, an On-line Food Preservation Class Are you interested in updating your food preservation skills? Want to learn how to safely can, dry or freeze your garden’s bounty? Oregon State University Extension Service invites you to enroll in Preserve@Home, an on-line food preservation class to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products. Participants learn how to produce high quality preserved foods and the science behind food preservation and food safety. The registration deadline is April 1, 2009. The first class of the 6-week course starts on April 2, 2009. Each lesson includes online text (that can be downloaded and printed), on-line bulletin board to facilitate student discussion, and a real-time weekly chat to interact with classmates and instructor. Topics to be covered include: Foodborne Illness – causes and prevention, Spoilage and Canning Basics, Canning High Acid foods, Canning Specialty High Acid Foods – pickles, salsa, jams, jellies, etc., Canning Low Acid Foods, and Freezing and Drying. OSU Extension/Deschutes County will provide a hands-on lab experience for Central Oregon participants at the Extension office in Redmond. Students will practice pressure and water-bath canning. The hands-on lab will be held on Saturday, May 16. Cost of the course is $50 plus the cost of required supplemental materials. Class size is limited. This course has been developed and is offered collaboratively with University of Idaho Extension. For more information or to register visit this web site: or contact Glenda Hyde, OSU Extension Instructor at or 541-548-6088.

Deschutes County Extension Office
Glenda Hyde
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The Chicks

Well, I got the chicks a week ago today.  I can’t believe how much they grow in just a week.  I was set on Rhode Island Reds, just because I have had hundreds of them growing up.  Then I was told that the Sexlink is the way to go when it comes to laying.  With that in mind we were off to the store.  I found the Black Sexlinks and to my disappointment they are UGLY.  At least right now.  Well, in a bin of about 50 my Cameron “bonded” with one little Golden Laced Something.  I was sticking firm to only getting 3, so back went a Sexlink.  Then I couldn’t just had to have one of those Silver Laced Somethings, back goes a Sexlink.  So, now we have 3 very feisty chicks, and I already cant wait for to get outside in the coop.  When it is done, but that’s another story.  Oh by the way, we named them.  Golden Laced Something is Crystal (I call her Crystal Gayle), the Silver Laced Something is named Omerosa, and the Black (ugly) Sexlink is Trixy.  Pretty original names if you ask me, but that’s just my family, the dog’s name is Frank!


These cute chicks


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pcrf026281I would like to thank Sherie for inviting me to her farm and your interest in The Green Group.  It was really nice to smell manure again. LOL.  You have big plans, I can’t wait to see how things come along.  And the kids didn’t want to leave, there may have even been a few tears.

Thanks again, Dawn

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Attn: Shirlee Evans


Could you please contact me.  You didn’t leave me any information to get a hold of you.  I responded to your comment, but you may not have seen it.  Thanks, Dawn

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The County Fair, that’s right, the fair!


OK, I know that is onlys  March but I think it is time to start planning for your county fair entries. 

I have always been involved in the fair.  When I was younger I spent many weeks at the Coos County Fair.  I felt very comfortable in the livestock barn, the poultry barn, and all of those other buildings that contained flowers, vegetables, and photography.  I have put a whole plethora of things in that fair.  With the Coos County Fair in mind, I decided to make the move and enter random things in the Deschutes County Fair (slightly bigger than the Coos Co. Fair).  I couldn’t possibly do this alone, so I had Cameron partake as well.  Besides, when the kids have an entry @ the fair, they get in FREE!  Whoo Hoo!  So, Cam found a recipe in a Paula Deen Cookbook and made a bird feeder in the “Recycled Art” category.  I thought I had some recipes that were worth presenting and some great shots of the kids.   I thought my bread was to die for, not just because I think so, I have been told so (I wouldn’t want you to think I am vain).  What did I win @ that  fair???NOTHING, that’s right, zip.  Cam on the other hand (and Paula Deen) did well with a 2nd place ribbon (that means $$$, people).  Once I got off of my high horse, I decided I will be back with a vengeance in 2009.  I’m all over it this year, small town girl is ready for the “big” fair!

The Relevance:     Well, I think everyone should be involve.  Seriously, if you are thinking “I cant do anything”, there’s a category for you.  Anyone can do something at the fair.  So, start thinking about what you will be putting in your county fair, and do it,


this site might help if you are in Deschutes Co.

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Serious Question

free_2794718I have been doing a lot of thinking about sustainable/green/eco-friendly/etc. jobs.  While there are many businesses that are going greener (Great Job), I am speaking of green being the focus.

So, my question to you and I really do want as many opinions as possible.  Where in your community is there a need for something in this area? Is there something you have been looking for and cant seem to find or are you tired of having to order your sustainable supplies?  I don’t know?  But, I honestly want to hear all of your input.  Thanks everyone, cant wait to see what we come up with!!!

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