Stop Selling Poisons That Kill Honeybee Colonies

This information comes to us from one of our local Eugene Chapter members.  Please take a moment to sign a petition to two local enployee-owned stores, BiMart and Jerry’s Home Improvement Center, asking them to stop selling products that kill honeybee colonies:

Sign the Petition to BiMart and Jerry’s:

Stop selling poisons that kill honeybee colonies

By Gary Rondeau

Published: The Register Guard, March 20, 2013 12:00AM

The honeybees are going down. This year for the first time, almond growers in California were not able to get all the bees they need for pollination, and many colonies supplied were weak. Thousands of bee colonies were dead on arrival to the almond orchards.

According to conventional wisdom, the problem is a combination of Varroa mites and infectious diseases, but new evidence points to pesticides as the root cause. Chemicals known as neonicotinoids, including imidacloprid, are the problem.

It may already be too late to save the beekeeping industry in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency has been slow to act, and the chemicals causing the destruction are extraordinarily toxic and are persistent in the environment.  read more >>

Read the full article on the Register Guard site:

Contact Jerry’s and BiMart:
After you have signed the petition, you may want to personally call or send a letter to these stores.  I shop at both of these stores and will be telling them to stop carrying these bee killing poisons.

Jerry’s Home Improvement Center:
Scott Lindstrom, VP of Operations
2600 Hwy. 99 N.
Eugene, OR 97402
541-689-1911  ext.8400

Jim Frazier
Business Office, Eugene
220 South Seneca Road.
344-0681 ext. 261.

More info:
I wrote to Gary asking him for more info.  He says:

Please refer readers to the website.  There is a link there to the petition as well as other information and links – including our letter to the stores.

Soon I will have a post with specific chemicals and brand names found at local stores.  These are the WORST because they invite overuse – treating insecticides like fertilizer.

  • Ortho Rose and Flower Insect Control Plus Miracle Grow (granular formula)
  • Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose and Flower Care  (granular formula)

Thanks, Lisa!


More articles on on this topic are available on the SquashPractice blog:

Sign the Petition:
Once again, here is the petition link:

Pastured Eggs – GMO/Soy/Corn-Free Eggs Available!

This comes to us from a local member:

June 30, 2012

Hi All in about 10 days we will have an abundance of GMO/Soy/Corn free eggs for $4.25 a dozen. The chickens roam the property, no sprays or anything used on the field. Some of us got the family to switch and of course prices went up and now they are losing several of their existing customers. These egg yolks are much darker than the ones i have bought from farms that are certified OG, or that feed GMO free, etc…. this is private family who’s younger sons wanted to raise hens for a business. So you are keeping the young guys in business with your purchase. I will have several dozen available on Monday’s for the co-op – when people pick up their milk or produce, etc. i can add on some more for anyone on here. I live in the Royal Ave area of W Eugene.

Let me know if you are interested. I took a picture of some of their conventionally fed eggs if you would like to see the color of their yolks. It takes about 10 days for soy to detox so i won’t have any before then unless you want some during that time.


Contact Julia at:

Camas Country Mill Open House – Update

My son and I attended the open house at Camas Country Mill. We made it there for the last tour of the evening on the final day. It was very interesting.  One of the owners of Camas Country Mill gave us some background on the business, how they got into it, and what they went through to start up the mill.  Then he turned on the machine and they quickly bagged a couple hundred pounds of whole wheat flour while we watched.

They had prepared samples made from many of their grains and beans. I don’t think they know about the importance of proper preparation of grains and beans yet, but local and freshly ground is a great start!

We sampled “Faro Big Boost Salad”, “Three Lentil & Squash Curry Soup with Sausage”, “Sue’s Soup with Turkey Sausage”, and others.  My son’s favorite was of course the , “Teff Brownies”, Gluten-free “Chocolate Chip Cookies”, and the apple cider.  My favorite was actually a simple Teff Cereal topped with cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.

I’ll have to try making some of these recipes by soaking the grains first using the techniques outlined in Nourishing Traditions.

I don’t know all of the places you can buy these locally grown products, but I know they are selling at the Creswell Farmer’s Market.  I think they are also available at the Eugene Farmer’s Market, probably Hummingbird Wholesale, and maybe some of the local natural food stores.  If you know where these products are available please let us know in the comments below.

One of the owners I spoke to said that their stock of flour and grains rotates in about a month.  That is pretty good for flour available in stores.  For comparison another well-known brand we bought for the Healthy Grains class in October had an expiration date of TWO YEARS in the future!

The delicate oils in grains quickly become rancid after grinding.  That is why we at the Weston A. Price Foundation recommend grinding your own flour, or buying the freshest flour possible, and then following careful preparation techniques.

For more information on the Weston A. Price website about soaking grains and beans see:

GMO Roundup Ready Sugar Beets

This information comes to us from the Willamette Valley Sustainable Food Alliance.  Please take a moment to respond to them with your position on whether or not GMO sugar beets should be allowed in the Willamette Valley.  We need to band together with all our local food groups and put forth one message: NO GMOs!

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logoSpecial AnnouncementGreetings Members of the WVSFA,

It has recently come to the board’s attention that an important decision is about to be made in regards to the deregulation of GMO Roundup Ready Sugar Beets (RRSBs). This will unquestionably affect some of our local farmers. In response to this we have two letters:

1) To inform you about how to get more information about the subject, how to voice your opinion/ concerns, and to ask our members if they think the WVSFA as a whole should take a stance on the issue and submit our own letter.
2) To inform you of the stance that GMO Free Eugene is taking on this subject and allow you the opportunity to sign on to their letter.

Please read over the documents (see links below) and let us know if you would like the alliance as a whole to take a stance and write a letter against the deregulation of RRSBs. Please, feel free to take an individual stand and sign on to the GMO Free Eugene Letter.

Please contact Leda with any information regarding your stance and/ or if you have any questions or concerns.

As always, thanks for your continued support and for your hard work at keeping our food systems clean!

Your WVSFA Board of Directors


RRSBs Letter to Members

GMO Free Eugene Letter

To voice your position to the WVSFA, please contact Leda at:


– Lisa

Additional info:

This comes to us from the GMO-Free Eugene group:

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for contacting us and supporting this very important issue.  We now have the letter up on our website,, just let me know how you would like me to sign you on and I’ll add your information.

Again, thanks so much!


It's time to Fill Your Pantry!

This comes to us from the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition:

Upcoming Farm Direct Community Bulk Buying Events
Consumers in Linn and Lane Counties … don’t miss the opportunity to stock up on locally grown whole grains, fresh ground flours, dry beans, legumes, and storage crops (garlic, onions, roots and winter squash). Mark your calendars today. We will send product lists and pre-order information soon.

Linn County Fill Your Pantry (Shedd):
Saturday, November 12, 2011
2 to 6pm
At the former Methodist Church, 30090 Hwy 99E (approx 5 miles south of Tangent)

Sponsored by: Willamette Seed & Grain and Ten Rivers Food Web

Product list and pre-order information will be posted soon on Ten Rivers Food Web site.
Contact at Stalford Seed Farm office: Michelle Layman,, (541) 926-4611

Lane County Fill Your Pantry (Eugene):
Sunday, November 13, 2011
noon to 4pm
The new Viva Building, 150 Shelton McMurphey Blvd.

Sponsored by: Willamette Farm & Food Coalition and Hummingbird Wholesale

Product list and pre-order information will be available from Willamette Farm and Food Coalition
(541) 341-1216,

Foundations of Health – Class 4 – Healthy Grains

Is Gluten the real “Bad Guy” or is it phytates?  Anti-nutrients found in all grains, nuts, seeds and legumes can wreak havoc on your digestive tract and de-mineralize bones; yet popular nutritional advice ignores this problem.    Here in the Willamette Valley, there is a growing movement to grow more local grains and beans, but how do we safely consume them?  Come learn how important this is to your health and the health of your family.

We will be sampling and showing how to make:

  • Traditional Sourdough bread
  • English Muffins
  • Yogurt Dough for pastries
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Crispy nuts
  • Nut milks
  • and more…

For those that are gluten-free we are including an awesome seed crackers, grain free brownies and cheesecake recipe. O’boy, what a treat!

Class #4 ~ Healthy Grains
October 29th, 1 to 5pm
$35 (1 class)

Pre-Register Now: Classes will be $45 each at the door.

Tamarack Wellness Center
3575 Donald St, Eugene, OR 97405

We will have Kraut Pounders, Nourishing Traditions, Wise Traditions Journals and other books & goodies available for sale.

For more information contact:

Victoria Schneider
(Please do not call Tamarack for information about the program.)

Fill Your Pantry

This comes to us from the wonderful people at the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition:

Farm Direct Community Bulk Buying Event

Saturday, April 30, 2011       noon – 4pm

Hummingbird Wholesale Annex, corner of 3rd & Lincoln
This is your chance to stock up on locally grown whole grains, fresh ground flours, and dry beans and legumes. Pre-order large or small quantities (5 to 50 lbs), bring your own buckets, or buy pre-packaged items on site. Credit, debit and SNAP cards accepted.

Products available: hard red, hard white and soft white wheat berries and flours, teff and teff flour, rye berries and flour, buckwheat and flour, cracked wheat, oat groats, garbanzo beans, green lentils, black beans PLUS Lane Community College Culinary Arts Program will be preparing several savory and delicious dishes with these ingredients for you to sample. Recipes will be provided. Come and partake in a locally grown adventure that you can pursue with gusto in your own kitchen!
Click here to see price sheet and pre-order information.