Loza Farms

Hop Growing is the American Dream at Loza Farms

  Back when Leon Loza started hop farming, there weren’t all that many breweries in the U.S. Fast forward to today, and there are more than 5-thousand breweries specializing in craft beer. Many of those brewers have something in common: they get their hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington state and from places like […]

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Canning Green Beans

Canning or Bagging Green Beans (and other veggies)

  Throughout August, we’ve shared some canning basics, including how to create freezer jam and proper techniques for canning apple pie filling. This week, we’ll be sharing some downhome advice on canning and storing vegetables for your wintertime family meals. Canning Directions are Essential   If you have a question about canning and food preservation, […]

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Canning Apple Pie Filling

  Throughout August, we’ve been sharing some canning basics, including last week’s freezer jam. This week, check out our canning how-to for apple pie filling. Always Follow the Directions Oregon State University Extension Service and Washington State University Extension Service offer recipes and advice. Have questions? Call OSU’s food safety and preservation hotline now through […]

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Ag News

Coastal Ag News Roundup

Current Agricultural News, Stories, and Reports for the week of August 21st, 2019

  In today’s Ag News Roundup, relaxed ditch cleaning bill passed in Oregon, solar panels found to work best on ag land, controlling pests in your garden starts with careful examination, states want to boost women ag business opportunities, and wolves spotted in eastern Oregon. Oregon Passes Ditch Cleaning Bill According to the Capital Press, […]

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Grill Cleaning

How to Clean Your Grill

Learn how to quickly and easily clean your gas and pellet grill with some tips from the folks at Coastal.                                                                                                       You’ll Find Grills at Coastal Stop by and check out all of our grills, wood pellets, natural lump charcoal, planks, covers, pizza stones, and more in stock right now. Some locations even have […]

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Making Jam

Making Fresh Fruit Jam and Freezing Berries

  Throughout August, we’re covering some of the basics of canning, including a few how-to ideas to help you get started. This week, we’ll cover freezer jam, or fresh fruit jam and how to freeze berries so you can enjoy them all winter long. Always Read the Directions and Consult the Pros Oregon State University […]

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Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 Ways to Enjoy Chocolate Chip Cookies Made on a Traeger

If you like chocolate chip cookies, you’re going to love this Traeger recipe and three yummy suggestions on how to enjoy the finished product. A set of directions and a short list of ingredients can be found below the how-to video.   Ingredients 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt […]

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Colbey Hughes

Meet an Amazing Teen with a Bright Future

  Colbey Hughes is a busy teenager. When he’s not spending his time raising prize-winning poultry and four-legged, fuzzy critters such as cavy Guinea pigs, he’s off to travel baseball practice, hunting season (he’s both a bow and rifle hunter), and one his family’s favorite fishing spots. Plus, he’s a solid student with an eye […]

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Ag News

Coastal Ag News Roundup

Current Agricultural News, Stories, and Reports for the week of August 11, 2019

  In today’s Ag News Roundup, gray wolves could be removed from endangered list, water conservation key to irrigation prosperity, how to grow baby corn, bee deaths examined, and farmers offered microloans from Oregon co-op. American Farm Bureau Want to Remove Wolf Species from Endangered List The American Farm Bureau Federation has stated that the […]

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Canning Mistakes

How to Avoid Canning Mistakes

  Canning has been an American staple for well over 150 years, with the first Mason jar invented back in 1858. Over that time, country folk have perfected some great canning recipes to safely store food over long periods of time. Here are a few things people have learned about canning over generations and how […]

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How To Sharpen a Knife

How to Sharpen Your Knives and Hatchets

Learn how to sharpen your knives and other tools with a simple stone or more versatile Worksharp sharpener.                                                                                                       Look Sharp with Coastal You’ll find knives, tools, and sharpeners at your Northwest owned and operated Coastal. That includes Worksharp brand sharpeners, as well as options from Lansky and others. Stop by today and get […]

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Keeping Chickens Laying Eggs in the Heat

Keeping Chickens Laying Eggs in the Heat

  Chickens are resilient creatures, easily withstanding some very cold climates. But one thing they don’t like is heat and humidity. To help keep your chickens happy and those eggs coming, we’ve put together some telltale signs and fixes for hen heat exhaustion. When is it too Hot? Anytime the humidity is above 50% and […]

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Pets and Fertilizer

Keeping Pets Safe when You Fertilize

  We all want a lush green lawn, bountiful garden, and blooming flowerbeds. But we also want healthy pets. Here’s what you need to know about fertilizing, and when it’s safe for your pets to go back into the yard. What is Fertilizer There are some basic ingredients in most bags of fertilizer. These include […]

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Ag News

Coastal Ag News Roundup – 07-16-19

Current Agricultural News, Stories, and Reports

  In today’s Ag News Roundup, ranchers in Oregon urged to be proactive in dealing with wolf populations, OSU food preservation hotline now open, WDFW authorizes wolf exterminations, weed pulling advice from the experts, and Washington state ag outlook robust. SW Oregon Ranchers Encouraged to be Proactive with Wolf Populations Representatives from Wildlife Services speaking […]

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Weed Killing 101

Weed Killing 101

Sure, some weeds are nothing more than plants you don’t like. But by definition, weeds have no medical, material, or nutritional purpose. They’re a nuisance. Plus, they end up taking water from the plants you want to nourish. When you’re ready to eradicate weeds from your yard, garden, and property, you have several options. Hands-On […]

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Berry S’mores Slab on the Grill

Yes, S’mores are great. But these are even better. Heat up your grill and treat the whole family to these berry good summertime treats. You’ll find quick directions and a short list of ingredients below the video.   Ingredients 8 whole graham crackers 1¼ cup mini marshmallows 2 oz. dark chocolate (60-90%) 1 cup fresh […]

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Plants in the Summer Heat

Keeping Your Yard and Garden Alive in the Summer Heat

Sunshine is one of the main ingredients for a lush yard and productive garden. But when summertime temperatures hit the 90s and triple digits, it can cause some issues. Here are a few ways you can keep your plants happy in the summer heat. Are Your Plants Movable? Hanging baskets, as well as potted plants, […]

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Ag News

Coastal Ag News Roundup

Current Agricultural News, Stories, and Reports

In today’s Ag News Roundup, overtime pay for farm workers, consumers becoming leery of some organic labels, drought discussed by Washington lawmakers, free parking at state parks for some Oregon students, and USDA hires more researchers to help local farmers. Overtime Pay for Farmworkers Discussed by Washington Supreme Court The Washington Supreme Court has said […]

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Rats

Living with a Rising Rat (and mouse) Population

Both Oregon and Washington are home to native and non-native species of rats. Sure, there are quaint differences, but when you get down to it, a rat is a rat. When you have poultry to tend and feed to protect, those rodents can pose a serious risk. To make matters worse, there’s been a sharp […]

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Eugene Livestock Auction

Locals Have a Home at the Eugene Livestock Auction

  Most folks start their week slow. Maybe enjoy a cup of coffee before starting work on Monday morning. For Leon Birky and his wife Chloe, life is anything but slow. For the Birky family, which includes their four kids, every day is packed with errands, phone calls, pick-ups, drop-offs, and preparations for the upcoming […]

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