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Sarah West

Sarah West has worked on small farms and local food systems since 2008, a path that has taken her from pulling weeds on an organic garlic farm in northeastern Oregon to managing a vibrant farmers market in Portland. Along the way she earned an associate's degree in Horticulture and ran her own small farm, where she learned how hard it is to make a living growing organic food. She currently lives at the foothills of the Wallowa Mountains in northeast Oregon, where she and her husband recently bought a plot of land down the road from the garlic farm where it all started.
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Recent Posts

Our Soils are in Trouble and Organic Farming Can Help

Posted by Sarah West on June 22, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

Our soils are declining and the current stats don’t look good. It takes at least 100 years for one inch of topsoil to form, while conventional farming – the largest single driver of soil...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Gary Paul Nabhan

Posted by Sarah West on June 14, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

Sustainable agriculture needs doers – people out there building soil, repairing habitat, conserving water, sowing and harvesting and sowing again – and it needs thinkers. These big-picture-seers...

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Get the Dirt on Soil Health in Organic Farming

Posted by Sarah West on May 23, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

Organic farming is more often touted for what it doesn’t do — such as using toxic chemicals to suppress pests and weeds — than for what it does do: value biodiversity as much as profit margins.

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Guide to GMO Foods (& How Organic is the Best Way to Steer Clear)

Posted by Sarah West on May 19, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

Given the proliferation of non-GMO labeling in the grocery store these days, it would seem that nearly every food has the potential of being derived from GMO (genetically modified organism)...

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Breeding Nutrition Back into Food with Organic Seeds

You probably have a good idea of what nutritious food is: vegetables, whole grains, lean/ plant based proteins, and moderation. You may also be aware of how farming practices (such as pesticide...

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Antioxidants in Organics: Hype or Hard Science?

I’ll start by saying that I almost solely eat organic foods. I used to grow organic vegetables professionally and still do in my home garden. I research and write about organic farming and...

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Glyphosate Testing: Controversy and Inaction

Posted by Sarah West on March 31, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

 

According to email documents recently released through Freedom of Information Act requests, the USDA is quietly changing their 2017 chemical residue testing plans by dropping a test for...

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Are You Eating Glyphosate? How Organic Farming Can Help.

Posted by Sarah West on March 24, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

It’s downright complicated these days to determine what foods are more or less safe to consume. Certifications and label claims abound, news reports conflict each other, and—perched on the crest...

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The Battle Over Intellectual Rights and Organic Seeds

Posted by Sarah West on February 24, 2017 under Home Gardens & Growing, Organic News & Sustainability

Most of us haven’t spent much time thinking about seeds and what they mean to our food supply. Food, we collectively acknowledge, is food. With the rise of the organic movement, however, food is...

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What Do Food Labels Like Certified Organic, Natural and Non-GMO Mean?

Posted by Sarah West on February 20, 2017 under Healthy Food & Recipes, Organic News & Sustainability

We’ve all been there: standing in the grocery store aisle facing twenty kinds of crackers (or pasta, or mayo, or cereal), scanning the labels to find the product that not only looks the tastiest,...

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