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Whimsical Wednesday: For the love of Bend

 

 

Whimsical Wednesday: For the love of Bend

About a month ago I started a series on why I love Bend Oregon.  It was about the river trail that I walk.  Then life happened and other stories seemed a more appropriate fit for the Whimsical Wednesday spot.  Now we are back to Bend and its many reasons that I love living here.  Today it is about the communities commitment to sustainability and green living.  It is also about my favorite Summer event in Bend, the Farmers Market.

Oregon in general is a pretty environmentally conscious state.  Bend seems to epitomize  the movement with its efforts to recycle, having commute options, being very bike friendly and organic.  We have a number of organic farms in the area and one is actually just down the street from me.  The owners are friends and they are wonderful people who have made farming work as the city has grown up around their property.  Gus loves to go visit any chance he gets.  He rolls in their compost, plays with their golden and generally has a grand ole time.

The following information found on the individual websites is a bit more in-depth information about the three areas I chose to highlight this week. I love this community and the many ways I have learned to be more gentle to this earth. I love that I can go to the Farmers Market on Wednesdays down town, see a bunch of people I know, talk about life, and buy the best tasting, freshest available produce, much of which was grown in the Bend area. I love Bend!

We are a 10 acre organic vegetable farm located on 10 acres in Bend, Oregon, only a few miles from downtown.  We are a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm and have been certified ORGANIC by Oregon Tilth.

We have been growing produce for the local market since 1989.  Fields Farm is a sustainable farm using organic methods.  Fields Farm has a CSA and Farm Bucks program.  We also sell at the Bend Farmer’s Market, local grocery stores and several restaurants.  We grow a wide range of vegetables including arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, brussel sprouts, specialty broccolis and cauliflowers, cabbage, carrots, collards, corn, cucumbers, garlic, greens, lettuce and lettuce mix, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, peppers, potatoes, onions, scallions,  summer squash and tomatoes.  We have 10 varieties of potatoes, garlic, kaleand lettuce mix in larger quantities for store and institutional sales.

Fields Farm has been a family run farm for 24 years.

Bend Farmers Market is blossoming into one of Oregon’s leading farm–direct marketplaces, bringing together growers and producers with people who hunger for fresh, local, healthful foods and agricultural goods. The Market occurs twice a week at two locations. We’ve also continued to reach out to the community as the first farmers market in Oregon to launch a Farm to School program.


OUR MISSION:

to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon.

For us, sustainability is about people, the planet and prosperity.

Sustainability means meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  It means meeting human needs equitably, living within our planet’s ecological limits, and building a prosperous economy for all.

We believe that ensuring a sustainable future for people and the planet means we must change how we live our daily lives, individually and collectively.  Because a healthy planet hinges on how much we drive or ride our bike.  It hinges on how much stuff we consume and what we do with it when we’re done.  It hinges on how much energy we use and how that energy is created, from coal or from the sun.  It hinges on how we educate our kids and what we educate them about.  And a healthy future hinges on how we solve collective challenges, like land use planning, transit, homelessness and carbon pricing.

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