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 →

Lavender.  Loved for its fragrance, used in soaps, shampoos, bath soaks.  And, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it’s also a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia to anxiety to depression and fatigue.  What better way to clean your house! Save money and limit your exposure to chemicals with this homemade Read More →

  It’s autumn —  time to pull up and compost dead garden plants, empty  planters, and store garden decor for the winter.   Yet now is also a great time to start a new garden and let nature do the work for you! Sheet mulching is a technique where you cover the ground with overlapping pieces of biodegradable material, such as cardboard, Read More →

Looking to make an ecofriendly difference?  Consider joining The Nature Conservancy.  Their mission:  “Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.”  Their slogan: “Protecting Nature, Preserving Life.”  And they are doing just that, working across the world, in over 30 countries.  Here, in the U.S., they have field offices in all 50 states. Read More →

Tenas Lake, Mt. Washington Wilderness, Oregon (Photo by Katie Grenier) If you’re lucky enough to live close to a Wilderness Area…or lucky enough to travel to and explore one…you can help protect these special areas by knowing and following a few stewardship principles:  Fill out a Wilderness permit.  On National Forests, the “Wilderness Self-Issue Permit” Read More →