Bike Path Hearing to Continue

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The conversation about a proposed bike path in Benton County is still on the table, after Tuesday’s planning commission meeting about the issue was for the second time set to continue at a later date. Last week, the Benton County Planning Commission wrapped up public testimony in favor of the project. On … Continue reading »

Farmers Encourage Locals to Stock Up

EUGENE, Ore. — Winter is around the corner but it doesn’t mean you have to stop buying locally-grown produce. People in Eugene got a lesson on how to stock up for the season at the Fill Your Pantry event Sunday. Organizers encourage consumers to buy in bulk so they can continue cooking with local foods … Continue reading »

Residents Missing After House Fire

CRESWELL, Ore. — Two men are still unaccounted for, more than 24 hours after a fire in Creswell. Investigators were still on the scene Thursday, sifting for clues to find out what happened. The fire happened at a farm on Butte Road. Investigators say they haven’t been able to contact the two residents, 65-year-old Dennis … Continue reading »

Pesky Insect Damages Local Fruit

TALENT, Ore. — A fruit pest is more prevalent this year in the Rogue Valley. The spotted wing drosophila is a tiny bug.  It damages fruit by injecting eggs under the peeling of ripened fruit.  When the eggs hatch, maggots appear. The infected fruit is hard to detect at first. It starts as a pin … Continue reading »

Warm Temps Could Mean Early Pear Harvest

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Pear Orchard Farm and at several other orchards in the Rogue Valley have seen the fruit trees already start to develop. Fruit trees are in the early stages of development, and at this point they are farther along than they would be on a typical year. The warm temperatures from early spring … Continue reading »

Rain Helping Farmers

HARRISBURG, Ore. — After a dry January, farmers are breathing a sigh of relief this week because they are finally getting the rain the soils need. Though some farm lands are seeing a bit of flooding, crop growers in the Willamette Valley are saying they are happy to see the rain. Detering Orchards, a farm … Continue reading »

Local Farm Holds Open House

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The community got to experience farm life at A Peaceful Sanctuary –  The Farm’s open house Sunday. Over 20 breeds of young hens were on sale and the visitors got the chance to feed the alpacas and cashmere goats. The owner says the community was very receptive to learning more about farm … Continue reading »

Weather Complicates Hay Season

EUGENE, Ore. — These up-and-down conditions and historically dry weather have complicated things for all sorts of farmers, particularly hay farmers who work with an extremely sensitive crop. Last spring, farmers were begging for a break from the rain. This year a dry spell threw them for a loop. And what was on course to … Continue reading »

Local Farmers Cope without Rain

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been 19 dry days and counting now in what’s shaping up to be one of the drier springs on record. Local farms have only received six inches of rain since January, about a third of what they’re supposed to get. But where Mother Nature fails, farmers prevail. “When it gets hot, … Continue reading »

The Sustainable Table: That’s My Farmer

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Tomatoes, berries, squash–they’re part of the delicious seasons that are summer and fall here in Oregon. Though it will be a few months before people get to taste them, local farms are already preparing for the harvest. “Right now, we’re starting all the seedlings for the season. We have onions, broccoli, … Continue reading »

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