April 25, 2011
Cesar Chavez celebration benefits garden at Woodburn's Valor Middle School
by Nate Rafn
This year's César Chávez Commemoration Service Day, sponsored by the Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United (PCUN), was held in a grassy field at Valor Middle School in Woodburn.
For the last four years, the Cesar Chavez celebration has been organized at other community garden locations in Woodburn, including the AIS Community Garden at Woodburn High School, and the Downtown Community Garden near City Hall.
Last year, a handful of families cultivated the garden at Valor Middle School. Participating families grew fresh produce for their own use, and to donate to Aware Food Bank in Woodburn.
The Cesar Chavez event was the official kick-off of the growing season. Volunteers from Planting Communities!, Valor Middle School, and PCUN, brought tools to begin working the soil. Seeds will be planted within the next few weeks.
The event also included a seed-blessing ceremony by Huitzilopochtli, a traditional Aztec dance group.
César Estrada Chávez (1927 – 1993) was a farm worker and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).
The president of Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS) has announced that he will step down on January 31st 2013. Ron Hays joined Marion-Polk Food ...
On Tuesday, November 9th, Marion-Polk Food Share will host a free event to kick-off their "Imagine No Hunger" Sustainer Campaign...
This week E.Z. Orchards celebrates the birthday of its founder, Edward Zielinski, a family farmer who's life-long efforts have had a maj...
by Nate Rafn Living in Oregon, we know that fresh berries act as seasonal indicators. Their availability and level of ripeness tell us ...
by Nate Rafn Kevin Zielinski, co-owner of E.Z. Orchards, is one of a handful of cidre-makers in the Willamette Valley. In 2000 he planted ...
by Nate Rafn Honeybees play a vital role, both in nature and in agriculture. They are responsible for pollinating many of our fruit and v...
by Nate Rafn The EPA, FDA, and NOAA recently released a report about seafood safety in relation to the nuclear disaster in Japan. I was a...