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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

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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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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