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pecan and thyme peach cobbler

First things first. Sorry for the long hiatus here on the blog. Summer's been busy and I haven't baked a whole lot, plus the heat this year was a little outrageous and seriously the furthest thing on my mind was turing on the oven. But now that cooler weather is approaching I'll be able to get myself back into the kitchen and share some goods and goodies with you all. I really have missed it.

Peaches are ripe right now and what better thing to do with them is bake them into something just a little bit special. So why not make a peach cobbler? I made this for three reasons. One, I had a lot of peaches. Second I was told I should make it and third well... I have never made it before. Those are pretty good reasons to give it a go right? I think so.

Verdict? It didn't look quite as I hoped but it did taste pretty darn good and that's all that matters right? Right.



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Are We Patients or Consumers?

"[There is] no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well." F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby"Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick." Susan Sontag, Illmess as MetaphorAdvocates of consumer-driven health care contend that patients are consumers of health care and that choice of insurance plan forms the basis of a successful health care model. In their seminal book Redefining Health Care, Porter and Teisberg argue that CDHC champions err by focusing on consumer choice rather than value-driven care as the primary economic driver of competition in health care.

The question of whether we are patients or consumers need not be considered in such binary fashion, writes George Annas in The Rights of Patients: The Authoritative ACLU Guide to Patient Rights. The word "patient," Annas says, "...is the best term to describe an indi…

Job Opening: ECI Outreach Coordinator

The Corvallis Environmental Center is hiring a part-time Outreach Coordinator for the Edible Corvallis Initiative. The Edible Corvallis Initiative is working to support a sustainable food system in Corvallis. Our key programs are the Corvallis Farm to School Program, the Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE) and two community gardens.

The Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the ECI Director and program managers/coordinators to promote and generate community-based support for our programs.

Click here to read the full position description!


Botanical Illustration Workshop

Update: Botanical Illustration is now full. Thank you for your interest!


Botanical Illustration

Instructor: Rebecca Waterhouse
Saturday, August 27
2 pm – 4 pm
Price: $7 – $14 (sliding scale donation)

Rebecca will be leading a painting workshop with SAGE’s garden bounty as the subject!  Basic plant anatomy will be covered to give a better understanding to inform illustrations. She will be leading discussion of botanical illustration and will be instructing and advising during the painting portion of the class.

Rebecca will be teaching in watercolor during the painting portion – colored pencils will also be available for participants interested in drawing. This class is open to both children and adult participants!  Registration limited to 12 and the workshop is currently at capacity. We hope you'll join us next year!




Square Foot Gardening

Marinna Guzy is one of the 7 interns working with the Edible Corvallis Initiative this summer. She one of our fabulous Sustainable Agriculture interns, and is learning more about cultivating veggies and community while simultaneously working on a documentary about SAGE! Marinna has also been working in the demonstration garden, focusing in on the Square Foot Gardens that Chloe got started this spring. Here's what she's had to say about her time working with the Square Foot Garden:


"Each Sustainable Agriculture Intern is required to undertake a growing project. Basically, all an intern is required to do is grow something. When faced with this very open-ended project, I decided to take over an existing project leftover from the previous term: two square foot garden plots. Little did I know that this would prove to be as informative and bountiful (in terms of veggies and knowledge) as it has been. As part of this experience I was required to read a definitive account of the …

tomato workshop this saturday

community and SAGE

Keith Fortenbach is one of the 7 interns working with the Edible Corvallis Initiative this summer. He spends most of his time out at the Starker Arts Garden for Education, getting involved in our volunteer program and learning more about small-scale farming and gardening as one of three Sustainable Agriculture Interns. He's an engineering student at OSU and was in the Navy for 5 years! We asked him to share a bit about his experience so far, and he chose to share the sense of community that he has come to know while working out at SAGE.

"Community. It is amazing the sense of community I get from being involved with SAGE. I meet volunteers who are excited to work here. People who are just curious about the garden walk up and I get to tell them a little bit about SAGE and show them what we grow and have them try a sweet pea. I get to meet people who are incredibly knowledgeable and experienced and passionate about gardening, which makes me feel like what I am doing is wor…

Composting Workshop - sign up today!

It's high time to turn your attention to that sad, unloved compost pile you've had stewing in your backyard.

Should you want to compost your chicken manure before you heap it on your garden? Is it your browns or greens that are lacking? Why hasn't that cornstalk broken down yet? How are you keeping vermin away from your pile? Get these questions answered and learn more about the art and science of composting with Linda Brewer, a resident expert on soil nutrient recycling, on August 13th. Register now as the class may fill!


Composting 101

Instructor: Linda Brewer of the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University
Saturday, August 13
9 am – 11:30 am
Price: free ($5 – $10 suggested donation)
Linda is a certified professional soil scientist who has taught composting and domestic organic waste management throughout the Willamette Valley since 1991. Come learn the art and science of backyard composting! This workshop will be focused on food waste, yard debris, an…

SAGE honey takes top prize!

Congratulations to the SAGE bees - their honey won the top award at the Benton County Fair last weekend! The SAGE honey has a beautiful light amber hue, with an awesome balance of floral and citrus flavor. It tastes great in mint tea!

Thank you Karessa for all of your initiative and your busy buzzing work with the SAGE hives! Benton County Fair judges and the bees clearly agree - you are the beekeeper of our dreams. To learn more about Karessa's world of beekeeping and to snag her secrets for award-winning honey, check out her great blog, Apicurious!

The crimson clover that covered the SAGE beds this spring provided lots of the raw material to the bees for this delicious honey! Karessa also believes that the "nectar sources grown pesticide- and herbicide-free at SAGE are to thank for both the quality of the honey and the robust health of the bees there."