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  • Seed to Table brings farm education full circle

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Nov 23, 2021

    On fall field trips this year, students eagerly pulled giant beets from the field and filled bags with other fall crops to take home. Students exclaim, “I’m going to make a salad for my family!” or, “I’m going to give it to my mom, because she likes beets!” To which I respond, “But are you going to try the beets, too?” Hesitation usually follows. That is why we wanted to dig deeper, launching this year’s Sisters Elementary School cooking programs aimed at empowering students to be courageous eaters and embrace new exper... Full story

  • Seed to Table seeking board members

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Jan 5, 2021

    Seed to Table (S2T) is searching for three new board members going into the new year. Seed to Table envisions a healthy and resilient community where all people, regardless of race, gender, geography, or socioeconomic status, have access to fresh produce that is nourishing, locally grown, and in keeping with their culture and preferences. From our two-acre farm plot we strive to model a sustainable food system while providing equitable access to fresh foods and opportunities for all to engage positively with nutritious... Full story

  • A year to remember at Seed to Table

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Nov 10, 2020

    The sun still warmed my back as I wiggled the last of the sweet onions from the soil. As I pulled up the last of last fall’s vision, a calm came over me. I realized that our team no longer needed to worry if the cabbages will size up, how social distancing at the Farmers Market would go, how we would host the next field trip of students, if there would be enough tomatoes to go around, how we could get food to those vulnerable to COVID-19, etc… This week the size of t... Full story

  • Farmer’s Market — cooking hard

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Jun 16, 2020

    Thank you to all who joined us during the Sisters Farmers Market! It was an incredible experience. Many local partnerships have blossomed to make the event possible and safe. Next week we will have even more vendors so make sure to check out the weekly Farmers Market email that will pop in your inbox when you subscribe. Picking up your fresh goods is just the beginning. The kitchen holds the key to transforming those kohlrabies and napa cabbages into a centerpiece for sharing... Full story

  • Market opening this weekend

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Jun 2, 2020

    The countdown to the opening day of the Sisters Farmers Market is on. This Sunday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., market vendors, volunteers, and Seed to Table staff will provide local abundance. Under new management and increased safety regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors can expect a slightly different experience from years past. What isn’t changing, though, is the opportunity to shop a bounty of local goods, support our hard-working farmers and producers, a... Full story

  • Bringing the farm to students

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Apr 28, 2020

    This time last year, Seed to Table Farm was brimming with the excitement and laughter of students visiting for our farm field trip series. Although we have had to pause on-farm field trips this spring, Seed to Table is committed to bringing the farm into students’ homes. As students picked up their belongings and packets from their teachers a few weeks ago, a Seed to Table Home Garden Kit was also tucked in. Seeds, potting soil and access to our online farm school bring the h... Full story

  • Feeding Sisters

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    I am prouder than ever to be a veggie farmer in Sisters. Resilience and the strength of our community will surely come to shine in the next few months. Everyone has been playing critical roles and it is in these times when newfound strengths and “silver linings” emerge. One silver lining I want to shed light upon is the growth of interconnectivity between our local food system and community. Feeling more vulnerable during these uncertain times, more people have been turning to our farmers for the most basic of needs: foo... Full story

  • Seed to Table expands reach around Sisters

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Oct 8, 2019

    “This is my first field trip ever!” exclaimed a second-grade student from K-8 Warm Springs Academy as he bounced off the bus onto Seed to Table’s education farm. The enthusiasm echoed from 80 other students unloading after the hour-and-20-minute ride to Sisters. It was, indeed, the first field trip many of these students had ever experienced outside of their community in Warm Springs. The day included exploring how seeds travel, surveying the five major needs of plants, and i... Full story

  • Fresh Food Farmacy program changes lives

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Sep 24, 2019

    The limitations to having extremely high blood pressure were crippling for local Sisters resident Brian (name changed for anonymity). Having to take six medications a day had become normal. Brian’s blood pressure was often recorded at dangerous levels, which had led him to five emergency room visits in 2018. The doctor was so concerned that Brian had a home monitoring system directly connected to the doctor’s office, reporting readings on an hourly basis. Although doctors had recommended a diet richer in fresh fruits and veg... Full story

  • Commentary... Chef James Fink featured at harvest dinner

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Sep 3, 2019

    What do you get when you combine the talents from Seed to Table’s farmers and a mastermind chef? The Fall Harvest Dinner, a vibrant community event featuring a meal with discovery in every bite. As an organic vegetable farmer, food and enjoying food is at the center of my life. However, I still struggle to find the time to slow down, thoughtfully cook and then sit down to eat with family and friends. As conscientious as I try to be, I still find myself watching Netflix with m... Full story

  • Seed to Table Farm joins Farmers Market

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Jun 4, 2019

    The nonprofit education farm Seed to Table is thrilled to join the Sisters Farmers Market on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fir Street Park. The farm’s booth offers the community crisp salad mix, sweet carrots, deep red beets, rainbow radishes, and beautiful plant starts. Despite the cold long spring, the bounty is plentiful. This will be Seed to Table’s first year at the Sisters Farmers Market. The farm is excited to further our reach and help provide communities with fre... Full story

  • It's all about the soil

    Audrey Tehan|Updated Jun 26, 2018

    Grow 15 tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in poo. I can't count the number of times I have heard someone say, "You can't grow anything but cheat grass in Central Oregon." It is certainly true that in the high desert, we do not have the luxury of just throwing seeds on the ground and watching a jungle emerge. At Seed to Table, we sweat, dig, water, pray, wish and hope our seedlings will emerge and maybe grow up to our shins. And grow they do. This year, we... Full story