Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Local teacher spends her summer volunteering on the Kids’ Farm

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The suspicion that local teachers spend all summer relaxing has been proven false by Renee Matson, a kindergarten teacher and a resident of Woodinville. During the year, Renee teaches a class of about 14 kindergarteners at Redmond’s Bear Creek School, but spent this past summer exercising a different part of her brain as a volunteer on our Kids’ Farm. Read the rest of the story in the Woodinville Weekly.

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Local bands are bringing the twang to Oxtober this season

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We are excited to announce a full line-up of local folk, bluegrass, and swing bands performing Saturdays and Sundays during our Oxtober Pumpkin Festival. Bands will play in a tent alongside Oxbow’s Kids’ Farm, adjacent to the beer and wine garden, from 12 – 4 every Saturday and Sunday from October 2 – 30. During the last two weekends of the month, local artist Bob Antone will be holding a pumpkin carving demonstration from 12 – 4. October 2: Live … read more…

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Oxbow to host pollinator field day

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Oxbow is pleased to be collaborating with Washington State University and the NW Pollinator Initiative are proud to collaborate in presenting a field course about pollinators and farming at Oxbow on Friday, September 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The field class is for farmers, serious gardeners and anyone interested in insect pollinators, particularly wild bees. You will learn how to identify bees in the field, under a microscope, and how to integrating them into an organic farm system. The four-hour … read more…

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We are taking a week off from the CSA!

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Due to our recent, tragic loss of our field crew anchor, Tino Hernandez, we are taking one week off from harvesting and packing CSA shares in Week 9. We will not be delivering Main Season shares on Sunday, September 4th, Wednesday, September 7th, Thursday, September 8th or Friday, September 9th. To ensure all of our members receive the value that they paid for at the beginning of the season, we will be adding an extra week in late October to make … read more…

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Oxbow loses a farmer and dear friend

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Monday morning, Oxbow lost a member of its farm family in every sense. Tino Hernandez, our senior field crew member, passed away suddenly during the early hours. Tino is survived by his family, including his wife Yolanda, son, Gustov, and nephew, Valent, who also work with us on the farm. We are all devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague, a gentle giant who was the master of any task on the farm or in the field. It is … read more…

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Rolling out farm-to-door CSA delivery with Pagliacci Pizza

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Last season marked the inaugural year of a very successful partnership between Oxbow and Pagliacci Pizza, featuring a special home delivery option for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. We are pleased to announce that the partnership is back and bigger in 2016, with 13 Pagliacci locations serving as pick-up sites for our CSA! If you join Oxbow’s CSA and choose a Pagliacci Pizza location as your pick-up site, you will have the unique opportunity for your OxBox to be … read more…

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Don’t miss our first-ever Kick-off Box!

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Our Main Season is coming in hot, and we’re packing Box #1 with a little more love. We are offering a big THANKS to members who join us for the entire Main Season with a Week 1 box full of extra goodies from some of our great partners in supporting the local food system: Pagliacci Pizza Ibex Outdoor Clothing | U-Village Patagonia | Belltown Wright Kitchen Eat Local If you sign up for our Main Season by July 5th, your Week 1 … read more…

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How your CSA membership supports agricultural research

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By becoming a member of Oxbow’s Community Supported Agriculture program, YOU support important research that helps farmers understand how to remain economically viable without sacrificing ecological values. In 2016, we are participating in three research projects in our production fields to investigate how farmers can better meet the double bottom line of economic viability and ecological well-being. By joining our CSA, you get to share in the bounty of the season and learn, along the way, about the developments of this … read more…

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Meet our add-on partner: OlyKraut

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 OlyKraut, the award-winning line of locally made sauerkrauts, is available once again through our CSA! Arguably, the only thing better for you than a vegetable is a naturally fermented vegetable, so we’re stoked to bring these products to you! Seattle Metropolitan Magazine named OlyKraut one of its Good Food Award winners in 2015, and Food and Wine magazine named it one of “9 Amazing Alt-Burger Condiments.” OlyKraut is a woman-owned small business in Olympia founded by Sash Sunday, who is active in community … read more…

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Oxbow is now offering children’s birthday parties

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For years, we have heard interest from parents and kids alike in having children’s birthday parties at Oxbow. After a successful trial run last Oxtober, we are pleased to offer birthday party rentals of the Kids’ Farm from May – October in 2016. The Kids’ Farm is the hub of our education programming and contains a 1-acre educational farm, a “Living Playground” of tunnels and teepees, a small, covered greenhouse (the Kids’ Clubhouse) and ample outdoor picnic space. Parties last … read more…

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Give big for Oxbow today

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Today only, gifts to Oxbow will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000. Consider making a tax-deductible donation to Oxbow and be a part of our mission to research, practice, and promote responsible land use. Donate through GiveBIG and choose “Oxbow Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment” as your organization.            

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Volunteer at Oxbow April 30!

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You’re invited to join Stewardship Partners and Oxbow  for an environmental restoration project! This Saturday, April 30, we’ll work on maintenance in our long-standing restored alder grove by removing invasive plants and planting a few native trees and shrubs. Stewardship partners is providing lunch, light refreshments, coffee and water, as well as all necessary tools and gloves. Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn about the restoration work Stewardship Partners carries out in the Snoqualmie Valley and why it’s important. After the event, … read more…

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Do you know your natives?

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Think you know your native Washington plants? Prove it to us and you can win a free native plant from our nursery! This week, from April 24-30, is Native Plant Appreciation Week in Washington. At Oxbow, we love native plants. Our Native Plant Nursery is committed to producing them and studying how they grow. Propagating, planting, and raising awareness about the importance of native species is an important part our mission to promote responsible land use. Native plants are hugely important players in … read more…

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Oxbow wins communications award from Sustainable Seattle

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Earlier this month, Oxbow was awarded a 2016 Leadership Award from Sustainable Seattle in the category “Communicating for Change.” Sarah Dublin and Pat Dunn, who together made up Oxbow’s 2015 marketing and communications team, attended the awards dinner at the Seattle Yacht Club on March 4 after learning that Oxbow had been nominated anonymously by a CSA member and chosen as a finalist by a panel of judges. The “Communicating for Change” category recognized “innovative examples” of an organization having “engaged and … read more…

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Nominate Oxbow for a Golden Teddy

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ParentMap has just opened the nomination round of its 2016 Golden Teddy Awards, and we need your help to be nominated! The Golden Teddys recognize organizations offering top quality entertainment and education to Puget Sound families. Last year, we were named finalists in the categories of “Nature/environmental Camps and “U-picks and family farms.” Sure, it’s hard to take something called a “Golden Teddy Award” seriously, but we are a nonprofit and could really use the recognition! Want to help us? Here’s what to … read more…

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Kids these days: How we get today’s kids to care about tomorrow

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“Kids these days!” is an exclamation we’ve all heard, often accompanied by a sigh and a follow-up story, “When I was young…” However indignant adults may be about today’s children, some of this perspective is surely rooted in memory lapses and exaggeration. That said, when it comes to the time kids these days spend in front of a screen, instead of, say, playing outside, the difference is quite real, very big, and well documented. Ample research shows that children are … read more…

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The scoop on Oxbow’s 2016 Community Supported Agriculture program

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We are proud to launch a new, 3-season Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program this year. It features a 15-week Main Season sandwiched between an Early Season (May through July) and Late Season (October through December). All three seasons offer significant flexibility in choice for our members while providing Oxbow the financial stability we need to remain viable.  It is true symbiosis: you get more low impact food and more food choice and we get dependable revenue for more months out … read more…

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Oxbow’s nursery begins growing plants for the new Burke Museum of Natural History

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(photo credit Olson Kundig/Stephanie Bower Architectural Illustration) There is always a buzz of anticipation at Oxbow’s Native Plant Nursery at this time of year as the warmth of an approaching spring coaxes winter’s dormant plants and seeds to life. There is an added fervor in the air this season as Oxbow’s native plant and restoration staff, led by Bridget McNassar, sets the stage for a huge project, the nursery’s biggest to date. Oxbow recently committed to growing the plants that will … read more…

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Get your Oxbow pollinator plants at Seattle Tilth’s plant sale

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Good news for gardeners: A selection of Oxbow native pollinator plants will be for sale this Saturday, March 12 from 11 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Seattle Tilth’s March Edible Plant Sale at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. The five species of native plants—yarrow, red columbine, large-leaf lupine, Douglas aster, and pink sea thrift—were all grown in Oxbow’s Native Plant Nursery. These species were specifically chosen for their sale due to their attractiveness to native, pollinating species of birds … read more…

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10 reasons to send your kids to farm camp

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Summer camp season is fast approaching, which means it’s time for parents to weed through the advertisements and claims to look for camps that truly are the right fit for their kids. Here at Oxbow, we’re pretty fond of farm camp, and with pretty good reason. Here are ten reasons you might consider signing your kids up to play outside and learn where their food comes from.   1. It’s good, ORGANIC fun (but not necessarily clean). It is not … read more…

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Oxbow farmer Adam McCurdy to speak on local food panel

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Oxbow’s Farm Manager Adam McCurdy will be representing the farmer’s perspective as part of the Jewish Food Movement Panel at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) on Mercer Island on Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. Adam and Oxbow have been operating a CSA with local Jewish organizations under the “Hazon” concept since 2009. The panel will be made up of Jewish leaders in Seattle’s agricultural, slow food, and farm-to-table movement. Adria Shimada, owner of Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream, and Ben Friedman, … read more…

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