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Veggie Fest 2011

Join us for an afternoon of live music, local food, planting in the garden, kid-friendly activities, face painting, gardening demos, and so much more!!!

Saturday, July 9th from 1 pm - 5 pm at the Starker Arts Garden for Education (S.A.G.E)

Admission is free, though we suggest bringing a canned food donation to support Linn Benton Food Share through our Veggie Fest Food Drive! Come on out and get your hands dirty in the garden for a beautiful Saturday afternoon of gardening festivities!

This fun, family-friendly community event is brought to you by the AmeriCorps NCCC team that is working on increasing healthy food access in Benton County this summer. Come out and show your support!

Stories from the Field: Lincoln Elementary, S.A.G.E & Stone Soup

Here's the latest update from theAmeriCorps NCCCteam currently serving at SAGE. Through this series of blog posts (each written by a different member of the team) we hope to provide you with an inside look at AmeriCorps NCCC and the service experiences the team is encountering atSAGE, the Corvallis Environmental Center, and with our 11 partner organizations in Benton County. Our third service story comes from Corrie "Carrot" Alsleben, originally from Wisconsin, who is one of seven members on the team and is also serves as the Project Outreach Liaison on the team:


"I can't choose a favorite work site, I have many that I really like. S.A.G.E has been AWESOME to work at. You can really see the progress since we've been here. Cleaning the chicken coop is not as bad as I thought it was going to be, and the bee class we had at the S.A.G.E hives was so cool. Coloring little wooden pictures for the Lincoln School Garden was so much fun as well! I got to just sit down…

New SAGE YouTube Channel!

The Starker Arts Garden for Education now has its very own YouTube channel! This first video is a quick short describing SAGE and shows how wonderful it is to get kids gardening! Thanks to Roots and Shoots (a local homeschool group) for their work in the garden and the great interview.
Major thanks to Amber Thacker from the Blue 6 AmeriCorps NCCC team for her work shooting and editing the short and also to Danielle Jetto for her guidance on creating a YouTube channel!

Finally, thank you Youth Serve America for the Flip Cam and for selecting our project from the work day we did in April with PeaceJam on Global Youth Service Day!

State Profile: Court Blocks Indiana Law to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt has overturned provisions of an Indiana law that blocks Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics perform abortions. In denying funding, Indiana invoked its authority to determine the qualifications of a provider. However, Judge Pratt responded that the services offered by a provider were unrelated to its qualifications and therefore not a legitimate consideration. She also cited a recent federal Medicaid ruling warning states that they could not exclude qualified providers simply because they performed abortions.


Although federal law already bans the use of Medicaid money to pay for abortion services, the Indiana statute goes further by refusing funding to “any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed.” It calls for the immediate termination of state contracts with such providers, hospitals excluded.


On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wadedecision affi…

IOM: Six Aims of Quality Health Care

The balance of health benefits and harm is the essential core of a definition of quality.Avedis DonabedianIn 2002, the Institute of Medicine published Crossing the Quality Chasman influential book that framed all future discussions of quality health care. Crossing came on the heels of the IOM publication To Err Is Human (2000)and a Journal of the American Medical Association report (1998) that warned of "serious and widespread quality problems...throughout American medicine." The report called attention to three broad categories of quality defects: underuse, whereby scientifically practices are not used as often as they should be;overuse, especially of imaging procedures and prescription of antibiotics; andmisuse, when a proper procedure is not administered correctly (such as prescribing the wrong drug)To Err Is Human estimated that as many as 98,000 people dies each year in hospitals from injuries or illness contracted during care.
In Crossing, the IOM outlined six specific…

Tool Maintenance Workshop

Please join us at S.A.G.E this Saturday for the next workshop in our summer workshop series:

Tool Maintenance

Saturday, June 25
2 pm – 3 pm
Instructor: Pam DeWolfe of the Starker Arts Garden for Education
Price: free ($5-$10 suggested donation)
Keep your garden tools longer by taking good care of them! Learn how to keep your tools sharp and maintain your rototiller, hand tools and lawn mower. Workshop includes a tool sharpener to bring home.

Check out all of the summer workshops coming up at S.A.G.E!

Stories from the Field: S.A.G.E

Here's the latest update from the AmeriCorps NCCC team currently serving at SAGE. Through this series of blog posts (each written by a different member of the team) we hope to provide you with an inside look at AmeriCorps NCCC and the service experiences the team is encountering at SAGE, the Corvallis Environmental Center, and with our 11 partner organizations in Benton County. Our second service story comes from Amber Thacker, originally from Florida, who is one of seven members on the team and is also serves as the Service Learning Coordinator and Peer Helper on the team:
Laughter & Life in the Garden For the past three weeks, the team has spent many hours serving at the SAGE; tilling the land, planting starts, and weeding.  While seeing the land transform has been wonderful, it has been more than just sprouting spinach that has awakened the garden. As the sun starts shining more frequently, visitors are bringing life and laughter into the garden. The children in particular ha…

Meet our Summer Interns!

We have an fantastic group of interns working on a variety of projects with the Edible Corvallis Initiative this summer. You'll likely see a few of them out at the garden at any given time weeding, planting, working with volunteers, watering, organizing events, leading summer camp activities and even making documentaries! Here are some quick bios to introduce you to our crew:

Amelia Yeager
Summer Camp / Sustainable Agriculture Intern Amelia is working with the S.A.G.E summer camps and in the garden this summer.  She's gaining experience in her field through this internship - she's an Environmental Science major (Env. Policy & French minor) studying at Western Washington University.  Amelia is  a native Corvallian, home to roost at S.A.G.E for the summer.

Emily Olivo
Community Engagement / Summer Camp Intern Emily comes to Corvallis from Raleigh, where she a student at N. Carolina State University.  She is majoring in Wildlife Biology and loves working with kids.  She is help…

outdoor eats part two

Now with the weather getting hotter and sunny days are in abundance (love) and cooking anything complicated is out of the question. You want something healthy, quick and fresh. One of my go to things especially if you have people coming over and you're firing up the grill but you don't want to go the meat and potato salad route is to gather up some veg and grill some ciabattas. I love using jarred roasted bell peppers and sun-dried tomatoes for things like this. Add a few other favorite things, top with cheese and your ready to go. Another of my favorites is out of the ordinary salads. Forget the caesar or garden salad and op for something different, maybe with roasted butternut squash? Which tastes great cold too if you want this salad portable. Maybe too fall? You could always do watermelon. Last we cannot forget about dessert. Hot days require something cold and light and oh so refreshing. Ice pops are perfection on days like this.


pina colada ice pops
100% pineapple juic…

Vermiculture Workshop

Join us for the first of the S.A.G.E garden workshop series tomorrow afternoon!

Vermiculturefor Beginners
Saturday, June 18
2 pm – 3 pm
Location: Starker Arts Garden for Education (S.A.G.E at 45th Place and Country Club Drive)
Instructor: Cynthia Dort of Dort Worm Farm
Price: free!

Join us as we learn about those wriggly little soil-smiths! Vermiculture is a method of worm composting that can be done from small to large scale, and allows you to create amazing soil and amendments from household scraps.

Check out all of the summer workshops coming up at S.A.G.E!

Paul Ryan on Single-Payer

As Sam Husseini reports, there is a fair amount of floundering and disingenuousness in Ryan's remarks. It's not the case, for example, that government-run health care has failed wherever it's been tried. The actual track record of government-run health care is good, including in the United States: The VA health care system is highly regarded. Moreover, Ryan's own plan is "patient-centered" only in the sense that it shifts costs onto patients without doing anything to slow medical inflation or end fee-for-service payments.

Also, anyone who thinks that U.S. health care is not rationed hasn't been paying attention. Ryan would state his case more honestly (and accurately) if he said what he apparently believes: De facto rationing by the free market is acceptable, while policy-based rationing by government to assure equal access is not.

Stories from the Field: Stone Soup & Buy Local First Breakfast

Hello everyone! Welcome to the first blog post from Blue Six, the AmeriCorps NCCC team currently serving at SAGE. Through this series of blog posts (each written by a different member of the team) we hope to provide you with an inside look at AmeriCorps NCCC and the service experiences the team is encountering at SAGE, the Corvallis Environmental Center, and with our 11 partner organizations in Benton County. Our first service story comes from Brendon Esquibel, originally from Maine, who is one of seven members on the team and is also the team leader. Thanks for checking out the project - come by the garden to meet the team when you have a chance!

A Different Kind of Service
In AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), we pride ourselves on “getting things done!”  These “things” tend to vary widely, whether its tutoring elementary school students in California, felling trees and blazing trail in Wyoming, or gardening in Oregon. In official AmeriCorps terminology, these tasks …

outdoor eats part one

Outdoor eats. We love them. There's nothing better then gathering a bunch of friends, lots of food and sitting it all out under the big blue sky or even the starring night. This is my favorite time of year for this reason alone. The weather is nice, everyone is more relaxed and fresh produce is abundant. I can't complain.

For the recipes, check out the summer issue of N.E.E.T. magazine, where both of these recipes and I were featured along with a couple other fab bloggers.
Happy Weekend!

Choice?

David Brooks argues that the future of health care comes down to "centralized technocratic" planning or a a free market solution. Health care, he sagely observes, is "phenomenally complicated," then goes on to inform us that providers have more information than patients and that insurance companies "are rapacious and are not in the business of optimizing care."

Brooks then compares what he calls the Affordable Care Act's concentration of cost-control power into a board of fifteen experts with the Republican laissez-faire model, which opposes top-down decision making (at least from the government). Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal to finance U.S. health care with a "premium support system" would replace fee-for-service medicine (in fact, it would not):

Seniors would select from a menu of insurance plans. Their consumer choices would drive a continual, bottom-up process of innovation. Providers could use local knowledge to meet specific circumstanc…

AmeriCorps NCCC in Corvallis

SAGE is very lucky to have a fantastic group of AmeriCorps volunteers working with us this summer on the Corvallis Environmental Center's Food Access Project.

This team of 7 volunteers has come to Corvallis from all over the country to work on improving access to fresh, healthy food for Benton County residents, and to help strengthen our local food security. They are tackling these issues with our partner organizations: Linn Benton Food Share, Dunawi Creek Community Garden, Stone Soup, Westside Community Garden, Lincoln Elementary School Garden, Creciendo en Salud, Neighbor 2 Neighbor Community Garden, South Corvallis Food Bank, Peanut Park Community Garden, Ten Rivers Food Web, and Philomath Community Garden.


The team is planting gardens, cooking meals at the soup kitchen, building fences and raised beds, assisting with gleans, landscaping, providing cooking demos at the food banks, and helping at community events that promote fresh food for all. Look forward to future posts from t…

Summer Camps

We’re gearing up for summer camps! At the SAGE Garden, our summer camps are week long learning adventures where kids will learn about their local ecosystems, where food comes from, and how to grow their own food!
Click HERE for a printable registration form, or  To register online click HERE.
SAGE Youth Summer Camp Schedule, 9am-3pm
Cost: $36/day
June 27-July 1: Discovering Dinner
Ages 8-11
Travel to nearby farms on a journey to discover where your food comes from.  We’ll explore fields and pastures, markets and orchards, soup kitchens and food banks in search of all Corvallis grows!  Bring your bike.July 25-July 29: What’s for Lunch?
Ages 8-11
Grow locally and cook globally in this food-filled camp.  Learn how to plant, nurture, and harvest fresh vegetables and then prepare garden feasts! Bring your bike.August 1- August 5: The Buzz about Bees
Ages 9-11
Garden life depends on these busy, buzzing pollinators. Suit up and explore bee hives at the garden, build a bee box, harvest honey, …

Vouchercare

Paul Krugman writes that Vouchercare is not a "new, sustainable version of Medicare." It may be new and I suppose that its adherents can call it whatever they like, but its recipients would not find it especially sustaining.

Vouchercare, a.k.a. the Roadmap for America's Future, would starting in 2022 provide seniors with an average of $11,000 with which to purchase insurance. But there's a catch: That's $11,000 in 2012 dollars. To understand what that means in terms of actual purchasing power, calculate the present value of $11,000 using a discount rate based on historical medical inflation rates (3-5% over the last ten years):

At 3%: $8,135At 4%: $7,431At 5%: $6,753Moreover, Ryancare vouchers are indexed to the general rate of inflation as opposed to the medical rate. The medical rate is historically higher. Suppose that the vouchers grow at an average rate of 3% a year for five years while medical inflation increases at a rate of 4%. Although the payout would be …

Saturday Mornings at SAGE

Good morning!

SAGE is open for volunteers to come out to the garden on Saturday mornings this year. We know that our Tuesday afternoon time doesn't work for everyone, so we have added open hours on Saturdays from 9 am - noon. We'll often be working with groups at the garden, but feel free to join in!



This morning we'll be out there planting veggies and tilling compost and manure into our soil. Swing by to chat, learn about soil fertility, or to plant some peppers. All ages and of all levels of farming ability are welcome to come! Hope to see you there.