Matty B here! I’m a new team member of Compass Green and will be filling y’all in on the latest and greatest of the Pacific Northwest Tour. Before we delve into the meat of the post I should remember my manners and introduce myself. I grew up in the suburbs of LA&SF and had a mother with a passion for travel; hence, this Compass Green tour was a perfect fit for my newfound passion for sustainable agriculture and seeing the world. Justin and I found each other near the tail end of my GROW BIOINTENSIVE internship with John Jeavons. Previously I was a senior at University of the Pacific majoring in Environmental Science fell for food after a California Flora class and laboring through rewarding garden research. Through connections within the department and “gifter” of the collegiate garden, Walter Robb, I encountered an opportunity to become immersed in agri-culture of Northern California on the beautiful Ridgewood Ranch (home of Seabiscuit). There is the skinny on me and now time to get to the first days of CG’s Pacific NW Tour.
Thursday October 9th we hit the road out of Sacramento heading up to Talent, Oregon. Getting fueled up with waste veggie oil in Sactown was nothing short of full overall-ed grease-monkey madness. A few ruined articles of clothing and several cubies later, we topped off the tanks and hit I-5. After a couple hours of road dog talk our rumbling tummies landed us at an Olive Pit stop to sample Sacramento’s best, I recommend the stuffed Red African peppers. Dusk was in the air as we trucked on to Ashland. It’s worth mentioning the Black Sheep British Pub with the most amazing made-to-order scones with clotted-cream n’ raspberry that we winded down at after bombing up from Sacramento. We finally arrived at our first crash pad, a redone garage into a fab single with some friendly neighbor ducks.
Friday morning we stopped at Oregon’s Right 2 Know campaign headquarters to pick up some lit to help Oregonians make an educated decision in November, we were back on the highway and setting sights for our first workshop as part of The Good Life sustainability conference on the Linfield College campus in McMinnville, OR. We arrived at the tail-end of the first conference day and caught the eye of a few stragglers who expressed interest in the glowing mobile greenhouse. One frustrating, and almost alienating, fountain encounter later (some stories from the road stay on the road…) we arrived the next morning to the classroom to present on the state of our current food system and biointensive principles. An engaged crowd, flurry of great questions, and inspiring facts later, the first Pacific Northwest tour hit it off!