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Poor soil? Build up with raised beds

Framed or mounded, raised beds give plant roots the space they need

Kym Pokorny | Nov 8, 2016 | News Story

Should I Worry about Heavy Metals in My Garden Soil?

What do we know about heavy metals in soil? What do we know about lead exposure through soil and garden plants? What do we know about cadmium and arsenic in soils? What can I do if I’m at risk for heavy metals in my garden soil?

Jul 2016 | Article

Headwaters Incubator Program - Cultivating Farms and Future Stewards No Small Task

Launching a farm business is no small task. Even skilled growers who embody the creative, rugged, jack-of-all-trades image must be able to apply sound business practices, establish and maintain robust farm networks, navigate complex...

Rowan Steele | Apr 2018 | Article

Raised Bed Gardening

Gardening in raised beds has been a common practice for centuries. "Raised" means the soil level in the bed is higher than its surrounding, and "bed" implies it is small enough to work from the walkways.

May 2018 | Fact Sheet

Herbs and Vegetables in Oil - SP50-701

It’s important to keep food safety in mind when storing vegetables (such as garlic, mushrooms, chili peppers) or herbs in oil. These low-acid foods can be a source of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which are found in soil, ...

Feb 2015 | Publication

Raised bed lumber, pressure treated safe?

Q: I am considering using some 2x6 inch material for a small raised bed for strawberries. My first thought was to consider pressure treated lumber, but I have read conflicting articles on the the safety of this product, with ...

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Is my flooded garden area safe?

Q: Is it safe to plant a vegetable garden after the area was covered by polluted flood waters for three days? Is it safe to eat existing vegetables (kale, garlic, etc) that survived? Our well tests positive for coliform ...

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Are roadside blackberries safe?

Q: I live next to highway twenty, and perhaps because no one wants to pick on the side of a busy road, but that's where I find the biggest blackberries in town. However, I think the Department of Transportation may spray ...

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Designing a Whole Farm System

Whole Farming Principles and Strategies

Maud Powell, Nick Andrews, Melissa Matthewson, Shelley Elkovich, Gwendolyn Ellen, Tim Franklin, Don Tipping | Jul 2015 | Article

Top Ten Things I Learned Buying a Small Farm

Most recently, my husband and I purchased a small farm in southern Oregon-ten acres in the Applegate Valley, a mixture of pasture, woodland, hills and weeds. We were delighted when we went into escrow and could not wait to...

Melissa Matthewson | Dec 2007 | Article