gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

A couple of out-of-town friends are coming to visit in February, and I’m already thinking about the things I want to show them in my beloved home city. Every guide book and travel story about Portland will surely send visitors to Powell’s, the Rose Garden, and Voodoo Doughnuts, which are all fun, but there are …

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We had frost last night. Some of the less hardy plants in the garden seemed quite traumatized in the morning. The water in the chickens’ waterer was frozen. The unusual cold only adds to the feeling that I normally get around this time in January – the feeling that winter is getting just a little …

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Many use the word “detoxing” when describing their New Year’s resolutions, although it means different things for different people – less caffeine, less sugar, less junk food, quitting smoking, etc. Unfortunately, some toxins are less visible; we don’t even know that we are exposing ourselves to them. What I’m particularly thinking of are carcinogens and …

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