FoodCycle: Grow Organic's Spring Food and Wine Event
Grow Organic, Mid-Columbia Master Gardeners and Gorge Grown
The “FoodCycle” refers to the relationships existing among the many living organisms found in soil, also know as the “soil food web.” Our soil food web is similar to the food chain, except that the typical food chain is linear, while the soil food web works from the premise that everything that can eat or be eaten is involved in a cyclical relationship.
Topic for discussion for this event: Life on earth is sustained by a complex underground ecological system – the soil food web. Through ignorance, humans have damaged the food web, in particular with ill-advised farming and gardening methods. We can return the food web to a healthy state by restoring soil biology.
Event highlights: Appetizers prepared by Leah, wine by Springhouse Cellar Winery, fresh organic ingredients by Wildwood Farms.
For this event, there will be five presenters:
James Cassidy, senior instructor, soil physics & organic agriculture at Oregon State University
Laurel and Paul, local food farmers from Wildwood Farms, whose principles are simple: “We believe that healthy soil creates healthy plants, and that healthy plants are able to grow produce in ways that modern agriculture has long forgotten. Because of this, our food is grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Our primary crop is our soil — the rest of the process is a natural progression.”
Karleen Swarztrauber, M.D., board certified in neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine with specialty training in neuromuscular and spine disorders. Swarztrauber’s approach to patient care is to integrate her expertise in neurology, pain management, immunology and nutrition to heal the whole person. She will be sharing the concept that severe and substantial vitamin and mineral deficiencies are occurring in the United States right now in our modern day world without evidence of caloric deprivation and often in the presence of obesity.
Leah Hall from Leah’s Lunch, who is a certified health coach, AADP and has dual bachelor's degrees in ecological agriculture and food science. Her business, Leah’s Lunch, was born out of her enjoyment for fresh, off-the-farm produce.
Dirt Hugger: Known locally for its certified organic compost, Dirt Hugger is a regional composting company that supports a sustainable, local economy by collecting, processing, and utilizing valuable organic nutrients.
Sponsored by: Gorge Grown and Central Gorge Master Gardener Association
Cost: $30 – includes 4-5 appetizers grown at Wildwood and prepared by Leah, a drink voucher for beer or wine and the five presentations.