We’ve all had a food explosion in our microwave, right?  Re-heating fish, pizza, spaghetti sauce, soup, beans…and then you run out the door to work, leaving the food particles to dry and stick, making it a cleaning nightmare.  Office microwaves can be the worst, with many people using the microwave and no one taking charge Read More →

Winter’s in full force here in Central Oregon and birds, including the Dark-eyed Junco pictured above, are flocking to our bird feeders.  I often wonder how they survive so many obstacles — like severely cold temperatures, human structures (i.e., buildings, power lines, etc.), domestic cats and other predators, finding food during winter.  The odds seemed stacked against Read More →

Did you know the average person in the U.S. uses some 40 lbs. of household cleaners each year (according to Rethink Waste Project).  That’s a lot of chemical exposure! Here’s their advice: “Take a look at your cleaning products.  Do they say CAUTION, WARNING or DANGER?  Typically, products labeled POISON or DANGER are the most Read More →

What:  Free online permaculture class When: October 31 – November 27, 2016 Oregon State University is launching a huge public education project – Intro to Permaculture – a free permaculture design course that covers the foundations of the permaculture design system in 4 weeks.  Participants need to plan on 12-16 hours of engagement in this Read More →