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Strawberry banana flower rosin I made, you can see it change textures from sugar off the press to cured budder chips in 6hours. No chemicals, no ovens, no purge. Just low temps and high pressure. If you’re a collective or dispensary with high quality starting material, send me an email at IceWaterOC@gmail for low temp high pressure processing. This was pressed at 165f for 30 seconds. Freshly cured starting material. 🍓🍌

Dan Fazio says his phone is “ringing off the hook” these days.

He’s executive director of WAFLA, an organization that helps fruit growers in Washington state find workers — and specifically, foreign workers who are allowed to enter the U.S. specifically as seasonal workers on farms.

Interest in WAFLA’s services is surging for two different reasons. There’s a shortage of farm workers across the country. But more recently, it’s also been driven by fear of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown.

Fearful Farmers Rush To Find ‘Guest Workers’

Phillips Mushroom Farm

Our field trip to Phillip’s Mushroom Farm was a fascinating experience.  The company began in the 1920’s and is one of several farms in the area which produce 68% of the mushrooms grown in the United States.

Growing mushrooms is unlike any other horticultural crop. With low light needs, mushrooms can be grown in compact areas with little wasted space – filling the facility with mushroom ‘bunk-beds’ and high rise growing columns. The farm gets three harvests per crop and can rotate crops 5 to 6 times each year. They have been a certified organic grower since 1991.

Phillips was also the first to successfully grow shiitake mushrooms on artificial logs- shortening the production time table from years to months. The logs are made with red oak sawdust.

The owner was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide and the experience was well worth the trip and having to wear hairnets.

Rose checking out the mushroom logs Photo by Amy Barker

Yellow oyster mushrooms. Photo by Ashley Jones

White button mushroom “bunk beds” These went up two stories. Photo by Amy Barker

Shiitake mushrooms. Photo by Amy Barker

-Amy Barker, Professional Gardener Student


I keep Japanese Quail, (Coturnix japonica ) or Coturnix quail, and I honestly like they way more than chickens.  I have two hens currently, they are about two years old.  The brown hen in front is a Tibetan variety, and the other is a Texas A&M variety.

It is common to keep them in battery style caging, to maximize yield (eggs + meat) while minimizing space and cost, but I don’t.  Same for diet, most are fed a diet that is not species appropriate because it’s cheaper and they die young anyway so who cares, right?

I do.  So mine don’t get game bird feed either.  I have tried different things, so I figured I would share a little what I have learned about feeding Japanese Quail.

Generally I like to start out with a quality turkey feed, I am currently using Scratch & Peck Feeds’ Organic Turkey Grower as the base to my food mix.  I then add a lot of small grass seeds, as Japanese quails naturally eat a lot of grass seed in the wild.  They will pick out anything they don’t like or that is too big for them - I have a no-spill hopper to keep their food clean and to prevent waste via spillage so it takes effort for them to actively pick out things they don’t like and it makes me notice.  I have noticed they will never eat whole oat groats, but like rolled oats, and steel cut oats.  These may be too big for them, so I try to give them seed smaller than this.  They are especially fond of canary grass seed during all seasons.  During winter they love nyger (thistle) seed and broken (shelled) sunflower seeds, they eat less of both of these during the spring and summer.  They eat flax seed okay, but leave golden flax seed for last.  They like hemp hearts but those have to be fed separately as they will spoil is kept too warm.  Japanese quail eat a lot of insects ad larvae in the wild, so I buy freeze dried mealworms in bulk and use that as their major source of species appropriate protein.  There are more varieties of freeze dried insect available, but I am waiting until they are about halfway done with their current food before I try new insects with them.

Quail love fresh sprouts!  Broccoli and radish sprouts were their last sprout trays I got, and they ate every last one.  They will snack on small broad-leaves they find in the grass too; they like clover and will eat most microgreens.  I have offered different fruits and vegetables with mixed results, mostly they enjoy sprouts, small seeds, and insects I have noticed.

Of course, if you have hens that lay eggs, they should also have access to calcium just like laying chickens do, but they need smaller pieces.


I photographed a really interesting story for today’s New York Times about a feud between a successful Oregon Winery and a new Pot Growing operation who moved in next door. Moe Momtazi and his family vineyard doesn’t want Richard Wagner’s Yamhill Naturals Cannibus next door. Both growers use organic biodynamic principles yet they can’t seem to coexist. The Wine/Weed drama plays out with a murdered cow, phone threats and other twists like a western noir. Be sure to read Laura Holsons article today. Huge thanks to the best Eve Lyons for the fun assignment. 


Friday Morning Music for my most special ladies.

Eine Kleine Nacht Muzik composed by #Mozart, played on a Michael Kernahan tenor #steelpan.

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marijuana is a plant. everything in the world is a vibration, and this substance holds a vibration. plants also have consciousness- a sort of group consciousness. when we ingest a plant it’s vibration, its imprint interacts with us. when smoking marijuana we experience altered states of consciousness. generally speaking intoxication of marijuana seems to amplify one’s baseline state of consciousness. this can be enjoyable, this can be terrible- depends on the personality and environment.

either way, as with many things and experiences we come across in life, there are things to be discovered or learned. after use of a substance, you may see what it has to offer, and stop using it. other times people become attached to it, and need it to ‘relax’, or 'enjoy’ things. people oftentimes, with marijuana specifically, use it to stimulate their senses- enjoying food, sex or television more while under the influence (this can arguably be seen as a distraction from spiritual evolution).

again, this substance can sort of amplify someones experience. it can make meditation very intense, or a cookie extremely tasty. either way, it is altering consciousness from the normal state. i would suggest that we do not need these substances, but they do have an effect- and that is what it is…

the issue today is that the organic balance of this substance in particular has been thrown off. thousands of years, even just centuries or decades ago, marijuana had ratios of CBD (cannabinoids) (which is what make you feel relaxed), that balanced out the THC (which makes you feel trippy/dreamy/or crazy). this means that originally nature had intended it to have a certain effect that was not too insane: it was naturally balanced.

over time, man developed things like hash, and also produced marijuana that was exceedingly high in THC. this has more of an intoxicating effect, but also can be overwhelming. it also doesn’t have the same medicinal properties that it would have in its natural form. this natural balance of CBD to THC has been even more thrown off with this new craze of 'dabbing’- or whatever. this stuff is so high in THC, and has very low amounts of CBD. this means you’re not really smoking marijuana, but really marijuana-crack.

speaking of natural… today, especially because it’s (mostly) illegal, you don’t know what you’re getting. we love our organic food, but do we ever consider organic pot!? most marijuana growers do not consider these things- they want the strongest, easiest to grow product. there is no regulation on pot growers (because its illegal for the most part), so you could be getting stuff grown with all sorts of weird chemicals.

these are some ideas i have on the topic. hope i didnt offend any stoners, im not against ya…