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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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6 Books to Read About Organic Farming

Posted by Sarah West on November 20, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

Strolling the farmers market or touring the countryside, it’s easy to begin dreaming yourself onto a farm – its fresh air, honest work, and literal fruits of your labor beckon you to ditch your...

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Organic Farming and the Development of New Squash Varieties

Posted by Sarah West on November 16, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

'Tis the season for squash cooked many ways: as soup, hollowed out and stuffed with any number of fillings, slathered in curry sauce, and, of course, baked into Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. To many...

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Organic Farming: The Next Generation

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

There’s no way around it – our farmers are getting older, and soon a new generation of farmers will need to replace them. The average age of farmers in the US has been above 50 since the 1974...

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Is Organic Farming Just a Trend?

Posted by Sarah West on October 20, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

Organic farming seems like it’s the cutting edge of agriculture – or just a marketing buzzword – but it’s actually a modern interpretation of traditional farming methods. Chemical-dependent...

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How Certified Organic Food is Regulated

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

It’s true - not all words that appear on food labels are legally defined or regulated. Terms like “natural,” “fresh,” and “local” are increasingly used (often without justification) to attract...

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How Organic Farming is Reinventing Wheat (In a Good Way)

Posted by Sarah West on September 25, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

Western civilizations owe a great deal to wheat — its domestication was part of what spurred the rise of agriculture 30,000 years ago, and its nutrient density literally kept the peasant class...

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Sustainability Spotlight: The Bread Lab

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

When most of us think of wheat country, we imagine the nation’s heartland – broad, flat, and covered in swaying grass as far as the eye can see. Not in Washington State’s Skagit Valley. Here,...

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The Economics of Organic Farming

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

We know that organic products often cost more than their conventional counterparts at grocery stores and local farmers' markets, but does that mean that organic agriculture is more costly than...

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How Organic Farming Supports the Paris Climate Agreement

Posted by Sarah West on July 25, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

As with any kind of budget, spending that exceeds your resources eventually means finding ways to cut back. The Paris Climate Agreement, written in 2015, was like the first draft of a household...

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Sustainability on Ice: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Posted by Sarah West on July 20, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

It sounds like something out of a fantasy novel: a cavernous vault built into the heart of a frozen mountain on a remote arctic island, protecting the seeds of the future. Its single door,...

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