Monthly Archives: May 2009

Farmers Market for a GOOD CAUSE

This being a tough year for people financially, we (Terrebonne Community School PTO) opted to not have our largest fundraiser, as it required a tremendous amount of donations from local businesses.  I knew we had to fill this fundraiser with one that we kept local.   With this in mind, our school PTO came up with a Farmers Market.  Linda has been working tirelessly scouting out a well rounded group of vendors, and has done a fantastic job.  On this note, I would like to invite all of you to come to the market and have a great time.  There will be live music and a great group of vendors. 



Join us for our 1st annual

Terrebonne Community School PTO

Farmers Market

  Friday, May 29th, 2009

From 3:30 to 7:30

@ Terrebonne Community School  


Bring your family to have a good time and support your local vendors and community school.


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Good to Know

For anyone who lives in Central Oregon, I have ran into some information that I thought I would share with all of you.

1)Redmond Community Organic Gardenwill have a Grand Opening Sat, May 30th, from 12:00 to 3:00.  They have 18 raised beds available for lease.  724 SW 14th (off SW Glacier), 541.390.1594



2)OSU Extension Office offers a Food Safety/Preservation Hotline, for any preserving questions you may have, Monday-Thursday 9:00 to 4:00, 1.800.354.7319

3)OSU Extension Office Food Preservation Publications

June 18 Low Sugar Spreads

June 25 Jams, Jellies, & Syrups

July 8 Pie Fillings

August 11 Pickles

August 20 Flavored Oils and Vinegars abd Gift Baskets

September 17 Pressure Canning and Smoke Fish

Call 541.548.6088 to register

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Help Please

I am working on a project at the moment that I need your help with.  I just need a yes, no, or possibly.  You can add your comments if you like, but is not required.

Thanks, Dawn

If there were a sustainable living supply store near you, would you be interested in shopping there?

YES                                         POSSIBLY                                           NO

A store like this would carry items such as…

composting/recycling containers, gardening supplies/seeds, preserving supplies (dehydrating & canning), planters, recycled products, organic body products, soy and beeswax candles, reusable products, etc.Thank you so much for you replies, I truly appreciate it.


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Children Doing Good

In my house these days the Noggin Channel is on a lot more than I care to admit.  Toddler TV is about the only thing that we watch.  My poor 11 year old has grown to know all of the songs, tunes, jingles along with the rest of us. But, I feel especially bad for him as he has other things he would much rather be watching, but he just smiles at Addi and exclaims ” Dora’s on”.  In between all of the Dora’s and Wow Wow Wubbzy are the commercials.  I have kept hearing about’s Big Green Help.  I went there for the 1st time and was amazed.  On the message board kids were putting up posts about what they have done for the environment, concerns  they have, eco quizs they had made for other kids.  It was great.  I am very inspired by these young leaders.  Good Job!!!

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I am once again coming at you with one of my questions.  Brace yourself!!!  I know that some of you that keep up with me are involved with certain areas of government.  Whether that is just being involved or are in the middle of it, you know more than I do.  So…

How do we work our way to becomeing a plastic bagless community, state,  and country? 

It has been done, and I am sure that we can do it too.  So, if you know anything about how things like this get passed or just the first steps, please let me know.  Thanks and Happy May Day


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Limited Space Strawberry Patch


My Aunt Linda is the one to thank for this post.  She is one of those people who’s wheels are always turning.  Every time I see her I just want to pick her brain even though I know that I cant possibly absorb everything she has to offer.  She is a wonderful resource and is always coming up with great ideas.  She had seen a Strawberry Tower in a catalog and knew she could make that! 

She was able to get 10 feet of culvert for free, the place even cut it in half so she could put it in her vehicle.  So off Linda went with 2, 5 ft sections of 14 in culvert.  Origionally it was black , but she didn’t want it to absorb to much heat, so she spray painted it with that Fusion paint that adheres to plastic.  She then dug a hole about 6 inches deep to put it in for stabilization.  Uncle Lonnie drilled 3 inch holes all around.  Linda did say that she wished that the holes were not so lined up and more uneven.  She began the planting portion by running a drip line up the culvert and gradually filling with aged compost.  When she got to a hole she had lids from larger yogurt containers cut in half, and placed them in on angles to keep the soil in.  She then put the plant in the hole securely and worked her way up to the next whole. 

What you do not see in the pictures is that Linda knew that the back side wouldn’t get as much light as the side we can see.  On that side she planted lettuce.  I spoke with her tonight and she said that since this picture was taken two weeks ago, the plants have about doubled in size.  She has already harvested some of that lettuce. 

I hope that someone out there gives this a try.  It is a great idea for those who might  not have much space or just don’t want to be bending over to pick those berries.  I look forward to hearing from those of you that do give it a try.  I am putting it on my to-do list, I cant wait to try this one! 



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