Category Archives: farming

A Hawaiian B Corp. Expands With the Help of Small Investors

It was concern for Hawaii’s environment, economy and farming system that inspired Brett Jacobson to launch Hawaiian Ola, a maker of healthy beverages, in 2012. Jacobson, a farmer who previously ran a biofuel company, wanted to start a business that could help Hawaii’s struggling farmers—the average farmer in makes about $15,000 a year, according to […]

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Better World with Perennial Wheat

Better World with Perennial Wheat

by Collin Gabriel

Channelsmith, Hatch Innovation

Let’s imagine Oregon is worried about agriculture. And when I say “agriculture”, I mean the current state of affairs that involves large expensive machinery, soil erosion, and chemicals sprayed for a variety of purposes to mimic what nature does in a not-so-bottom-line way. If we are keeping on this hypothetical, then we could say Oregonians and our food culture reflect a desire for something different, perhaps something more ecologically-nurturing.

You could imagine that a crop that does not have to be replanted year after year might build soil, instead of eroding it. And vast root systems that develop through careful cultivation might hold in some of that carbon we’ve been worrying about.

Well, hypothetical Oregonians, there may be a ray of sunshine on the sometimes cloudy day that is our food system. It comes in the form of perennial wheat. Why is this important, you ask? My knee-jerk response would be because we now have an environmentally-friendly beer supply, but that’s just me. You could look at the many products using wheat-based beer and see the implications of mass-producing such a beverage. You could imagine that a crop that does not have to be replanted year after year might build soil, instead of eroding it. And vast root systems that develop through careful cultivation might hold in some of that carbon we’ve been worrying about. But don’t take my word for it; instead let the Washington Post paint a vision for you that will trigger all the second-tab googling of “Land Institute”, “Wes Jackson” and “Lee Dehaan” you can muster.

So many advantages, possibilities, and hopes arise when people find their passion and dedicate nearly 4 decades trying to achieve it. We say *cheers* to those folks with a nice glass of Long Root Ale from Hopworks Brewery here in Portland.

Read full WashPost article here.

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Supporting Oregon’s Farmpreneurs: Erin Ely Q&A, Slow Money South Willamette Valley

We’re talking food. We’re talking farms. We’re looking behind the scenes, at the people supporting our nation’s true “farmpreneurs”. We’re talking hard work and heart. This isn’t a new wave, it’s a new comprehension and focus on...

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Supporting Oregon’s Farmpreneurs: Erin Ely Q&A, Slow Money South Willamette Valley

We’re talking food. We’re talking farms. We’re looking behind the scenes, at the people supporting our nation’s true “farmpreneurs”. We’re talking hard work and heart. This isn’t a new wave, it’s a new comprehension and focus on...

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Lessons Learned at Our Table Cooperative by Narendra Varma

The following is a guest post from Narendra Varma, Executive Director of Our Table Cooperative LESSONS LEARNED AT OUR TABLE COOPERATIVE In the late 1990s, after eight years working at Microsoft Corporation, my wife and I...

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