Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Call for Coops!

SAGE's coop, where Coop Tour HQ will be once again this year.  Our beautiful coop was donated by a young man from Sweet Home.  Check out his handiwork or contact him for more information at: http://willydwonkacoops.com/

We're on the search for chicken and duck coops for this year's Cooped Up in Corvallis event -- a tour of backyard chicken and duck coops.  This year's coop tour will be on Sunday May 19th (save the date!).  If you or someone you know has a coop they are interested in featuring during this fun and educational event, please contact sage@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org or 541-753-9211.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

'Tis the Season....for Seed Catalogs!

Some of our saved dry beans next to their seed catalog descriptions

Seed catalogs, how I love thee.  When the weather outside is frightful, your pages are so delightful.  Colorful photos, mouth watering descriptions, the promise of another warm growing season.....major fuel for day dreams galore!

At SAGE we're lucky enough to have many of our seeds donated.  Shonnard's Nursery has always been a wonderful supporter; last year we received a box of surprise seeds from Seed Savers Exchange; and of course, Gathering Together Farm is generous enough to donate the majority of our starts.  The root crop seeds (beets, rutabagas, carrots, parsnips, radishes, etc) are always in high demand being that they produce delicious, popular crops and have to be direct seeded rather than transplanted from a start.  We've had wonderful community members in the past who've donated seed packs of these popular root crops...thank you!  But I'm getting off on a tangent with all this giving of thanks...

Back to the seed catalogs.  They float around my house this time of year and I love it.  If you need to bring some brightness into your day, flip through anyone of the amazing catalogs available.  Most can be ordered from seed company websites.  And smaller, more local companies such as Adaptive Seeds, Wild Garden Seed, and Uprising Seeds who don't necessarily have shiny photos, do have inspiring prose; "Unquestionably the brightest burst of rainbow brilliance in the garden!"  Any guesses what Uprising Seeds is describing?....Rainbow Chard!  How can that descriptive sentence not bring hope and inspiration to someone on a cold winter day?

Happy Winter Day Dreaming!
(Garden Manager)