Month: January 2015

Tree School

Do you want to learn more about harvesting¬†truffles? What about beekeeping? Or managing forestland? If so, it’s time to register for OSU’s extension program called Tree School. This is a great opportunity to learn about all kinds of fascinating topics that relate to owning land in Oregon. You also get to meet and network with other like-minded people. It’s $60 for an entire day of classes. Register here.

My favorite class title?  Operating Chainsaws safely for women. Full class list here.

I’ve already sent mine in — hope to see you there!

what to plant in January?

I don’t know about you, but come mid-January I really start to miss my vegetable garden. I belong to a Facebook group called Portland Organic Gardening. On it people share tips and tricks, plus local resources. I just recently asked when and what people start planting veggies and was happy with the feedback. One member pointed me to this chart, offered by Portland Nursery.

Looks like for January we can be seeding radishes outdoors! Indoors we can start: artichoke, arugula, endive, fava beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard, onions, peas, scallions, and spinach!

Suddenly I have a very long to-do list!

Van Hahn Vegetarian Restaurant

I have driven by Van Hahn countless times and had never gone in. It’s out on SE Division near 84th. The building is, at best, underwhelming. (At worst, it looks pretty sketch.) However, I recently read some reviews about it online that made me quite curious. Reportedly, the food is worth experiencing and the staff is volunteer-based. The women who work at Van Hahn are Buddhist monks, who operate the restaurant to raise funds for their temple.

Overall, I’m so glad I tried it! Absolutely delicious Vietnamese, but do make sure to be patient in regards to the service. The most interesting dish I tried is pictured below. It’s fake lemon chicken, which is quite curiously constructed to resemble chicken legs, complete with a lemongrass “bone.”

I just ate there yesterday and I am already plotting my return!

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