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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

Organic Farming: The Next Big Investment Opportunity

Posted by Sarah West on January 18, 2018 under Organic News & Sustainability

Gold will always be gold, but, as investments go, organic farmland functions much the way gold does – as a safe and steady capital (read: real thing) investment. The organic farming industry...

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Fighting Food Waste With Renowned Italian Chef Massimo Bottura

Posted by Sarah West on December 27, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

The impetus of fine dining has long been to impress – exotic ingredients, complicated technique, elaborate presentation and posh dining rooms. As sensational as these outcomes are, there’s no...

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Chefs Inspire Sustainability With Trash-To-Table Dining

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

Move over, farm-to-table, trash is the new darling of the sustainable food movement! Chefs from some of the world’s top restaurants are embracing the challenge of cooking from the trash bin,...

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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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