Urban Farmer's Almanac Archives

How to Avoid a Chimney Fire

How to Avoid a Chimney Fire

  Every time you light a fire in your wood stove, fireplace, or pellet stove, a small bit of creosote builds up. While some types of wood create more creosote, and water in your wood can add to the buildup, there are things you can do to avoid the dreaded flue or chimney fire. What […]

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Choosing the Right Tarp

Choosing the Right Tarp

  Here in the Pacific Northwest, tarps get used to cover and protect a lot of stuff, including patio furniture, recreational vehicles, roofs, and animal shelters. We even use them camping. But not all tarps are created equal. Some are perfect for quick, one or two time uses while others can be reused year after […]

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Horses Heat & Humidity

Caring for Your Horse in the Heat

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  Excessive heat conditions come and go all summer long, especially here in the Northwest. But for your horse, even normal summertime temperatures can cause heat-related stress and other issues. In today’s Coastal Urban Farmer’s Almanac, we’ll take a look at signs of heat stress, how to avoid it, and what to do if your […]

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Artificial Insemination of Cows

When to Choose Artificial Insemination

  The small herd of registered shorthorns quietly gave little attention to the woman in the truck.  But today was a big day for them, whether they knew it or not. Jess Ropp, Coastal E-Marketing Manager and co-owner of Ropp Family Farm, along with his wife Greta and their six children, had hired Justine Ferguson […]

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Gorham Bucking Bulls

Raising Bucking Bulls with the Gorham Family

  Rusty Gorham had been riding bulls for decades when he heard the name of his young son over the rodeo loudspeakers. They were at the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Oregon, when one of Rusty’s longtime friends had signed Tyler up for the sheep riding event. It’s a crowd favorite and one that this […]

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Van Wingerden Greenhouses

Growing the Future at Van Wingerden Greenhouses

  Up in the farthest reaches of northern Washington state lies the Canadian border and the quint town of Blaine. It’s also home to Van Wingerden Greenhouses, where some of the most innovative gardening ideas are being utilized and developed each day to bring healthy plants and hanging baskets to your nearby Coastal. Tom Van […]

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Microgreens

Microgreens Gain Huge Popularity

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  Remember the last time you ordered a salad at a fancy restaurant? Do you recall the tiny vegetable leaves that sat atop your salad? Those are called microgreens, which are grown and harvested in a process called micro-gardening or cut-and-come-again gardening. Those greens include the immature leaves and stems from broccoli, celery, kale, spinach, […]

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Alternative Gardening

Alternative Gardening

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  Alternative gardens can be a great choice for a lot of families, whether you live in the city, suburbs, or out in the country. Linda Woolsey, Certified Professional Horticulturalist and lifelong gardener has some tips to help you add an alternative garden to your yard, patio, deck, or acreage. When Linda started at the […]

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Gardening Basics

The Basics of Good Gardening

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  At every Coastal location, you’ll find a handful of experts who know how to help you plant and maintain a great garden. But if you’re near the Marysville, Washington store, you’re going to meet Linda Woolsey, Certified Professional Horticulturalist and lifelong gardener. She loves gardening and sharing her expertise with others. Today, she’s covering […]

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Linda Woolsey

Linda Knows Gardening

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  When Linda Woolsey applied to work at the Marysville, Washington Coastal, we had found a keeper – especially when it comes to gardening. Linda is a Certified Professional Horticulturist and lifelong gardener who knows how to properly grow a tomato, produce the best cucumbers, transplant perennials, and loves to share her insights and expertise […]

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Horse Worming

The How and When of Horse Deworming

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  The arch nemesis of horse owners everywhere is the parasite. When left unchecked in your horse’s digestive tract, these freeloading organisms can cause inflammation, decrease the nutrients your horse gets from their food, and could keep your animals from their peak performance. The folks at Zoetis have some solid advice to keep your equine […]

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Avoid Beekeeping Mistakes

How to Avoid Common Beginner Beekeeping Mistakes

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  Beekeepers are everywhere nowadays. As Matthew Teichman, Coastal’s bee expert recently explained, people are starting to keep hives on their farms and ranches, in orchards, among suburban homes, and even atop city high-rise buildings. With all those new beekeepers, we asked Matthew about the common mistakes beginners make and how to avoid those issues. […]

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What to know about beekeeping

What to Know Before You Become a Beekeeper

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  There is a lot of buzz about beekeeping nowadays. Take a short drive anywhere and you’ll find manmade beehives lining orchards, fields, and pastures. You’ll even find them in suburban neighborhoods. While beekeeping is popular, there are a few things you need to know before you add bees to your list of chores and […]

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Four Good Reasons to Keep Bees

Four Good Reasons to Keep Bees

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  Beekeepers often get into bees by chance. What starts with one hive quickly grows to several. So, what keeps these keepers of bees interested in maintaining up to 80,000 stinging insects? For a guy like Matthew Teichman, our bee expert and longtime Coastal employee, it’s how he stays young. While everyone has their own […]

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Matthew Teichman

Beekeeping for Fun and Profit

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  Honey bees are some of the best pollinators on the planet, making it possible for us to grow nearly a third of the food we eat. The Coastal bee expert is Matthew Teichman, floor supervisor at the Woodburn, Oregon store. He knows his stuff, and is always eager to share his passion and insights […]

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Spring Chores

Preparing Your Homestead for Springtime Chores

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  Preparing for the next season is important, whether you’re running a ranch, maintaining a small farm, or simply working on your suburban yard. While it’s still too cold (and wet) to mow or garden, there are things you can do right now to make your life easier, and get your chores done faster, this […]

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Harrolds Dairy

Visiting a Small-Town Dairy

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  Bobbi Frost, co-owner of Harrold’s Dairy in Creswell, Oregon invited the Coastal team out for a tour of their wonderful, family run, 4th generation dairy. We snapped a handful of photos that capture the heart and spirit of this American treasure where hard work and family togetherness make every day a wonderful and rewarding […]

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Welding Basics

Welding Basics

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  The world of welding can seem out of reach for newcomers. But thanks to Marc Rose, welding instructor at Linn Benton Community College, we’re covering some of the basics to bring welding to your ranch, farm, or workshop. Always Start with Safety There are six rules to follow when it comes to welding. Read […]

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Types of Welding

Understanding the Types of Welding

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking with a welding instructor at Linn Benton Community College. His name is Marc Rose, and he knows a lot about welding, how to get the best results whether you’re in the shop or out in the field, and how to stay safe doing it. This week, we’re […]

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Toxic Plants to Farm Animals

Protecting Your Livestock from Our Region’s Toxic Plants

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  There are a lot of plants in the Northwest that are perfectly suitable for grazing livestock. Our tracks of land are covered in them. But, sprinkled throughout the region are toxic plants that can have disastrous effects on horses, cattle, sheep, and goats. We’ve compiled a quick list of some of the more common […]

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