Here are some useful gardening and preserving resources for sustainable living that we have found or created:
Andrew Still and Sarah Kleeger’s seed saving booklet through Adaptive Seeds:
Willamette Valley planting guide for summer and winter crops. Summer (green) dates developed by Nick Routledge, Andrew Still, and Sarah Kleeger over about 10 years in the Eugene area. If a bar has an “X” in it, dates before the X are for starting indoors, plant out any time after the X. Dates after the X can be direct sown in the ground. Winter gardening (blue) dates added by Kevin Prier.
Plus a companion winter gardening chart (pdf) with lots of details and notes.
How to grow and harvest garlic, by Andrew Still of Adaptive Seeds.
Find out about the yearly Spring Propagation Fair in Eugene — usually the last Saturday of Spring break.
Falling Fruit is a collaborative web site that maps publicly accessible fruit trees, with variety, harvest time, and whether it is on private or public property.
Culinary and medicinal uses for over 800 different herbs:
A Modern Herbal, by Mrs. M. Grieve
Our favorite sources for gardening supplies, chicks, and equipment are:
Fermenting and Preserving Resources
For the fermentation geek, here is a great scientific article on fermented vegetables:
The Oregon Extension Service has lots of resources for gardening, canning, and more:
For calculating the amount of lye and essential oils needed for a batch of soap, use:
Lye Calculator, from Majestic Mountain Sage
Fragrance Calculator, from Majestic Mountain Sage
Information about medicinal properties of herbs is at botanical.com
An academic review article about the potential of herbs in skin UV protection
Academic references for SPF properties of natural oils:
Wheat germ oil – purported moderate SPF, but I haven’t been able to find any actual research
Coconut oil – minimal SPF at best
Cheese and Sausage Making Resources
Cheese making equipment and supplies can be purchased locally from:
Dozens of sausage recipes to complement the sausage making class:
Other Sustainable Living Educational Resources
Aprovecho is a large campus educational center near Cottage Grove for sustainable living, permaculture, and natural building. They have live-in internships as well as weekend workshops.
Lost Valley is an education and events center for “practical application of sustainable living skills.”