Party for the Grange!

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Party for the Grange!
A fundraiser sponsored by Independence Gardens
Imagine this: Food, drinks, live music, kids’ activities, and raffle prizes, all at a bountiful working farm during the excitement of harvest season. Sounds like a good time, eh?

Now, add the fact that all this fun will benefit the newest community gathering space in East Portland: Zenger Farm’s Urban Grange.

Now, are you in? We are, and here’s why…

At Zenger Farm, students of all ages learn about and connect to agriculture, animal husbandry, and the natural fit between responsible farming practices and a healthy environment. Zenger’s new Urban Grange building will give more people the chance to learn and grow in this unique place.

So. Why is Independence Gardens hosting this party?

Our company’s mission is to help people create better relationships with their natural and built environments. Although we work in diverse ways to further that mission, empowering our clients to grow their own food remains at the heart of our business. We know that this is one of the best ways to create and sustain relationships—with ourselves, with each other, and with land.

We are grateful to be part of a network of businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and other organizations in this community who also see it that way. Zenger Farm is an especially inspiring partner for our community, and its Grange will be a focal point for our shared work.

 

The Grange broke ground on July 23, and our goal is to help raise $5,000 toward its first year of operation. And you can help.

Pass this event announcement on to your friends. Join the event on Facebook. Do your thing on social media. And most importantly, buy tickets today! (P.S. If you aren’t able to join us for the fundraiser, you can still contribute via the Eventbrite site.)

This is an event worth attending, as well as a cause worth supporting. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Oregon Lawmakers choose to safeguard themselves over schools

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It is only by chance that I write this article today. I try my best to keep up on stories that happen within Oregon, but I am only one man, and there’s so much that happens. Sometimes luck plays a role in the stories I come across. Like today… I was sitting at Wingstop waiting for my food, when I saw a Willamette Week newspaper, and decided to pick it up.

I scanned the front-page headlines:

  • The Making of a YouTube Star

  • Pot’s Biggest Backers

  • Swimming At the Dock

  • Touring New Booze Carts

Nothing on the front grabbed my attention, so I flipped through. On page 7, I paused and started reading, “On Shaky Ground”, an article on how Oregon legislators choose to protect their own office building over reinforcing old, outdated schools. Now this is an article that interests me.

Click here for the link to the article.

To my complete disgust, I learned that, “Seven years ago, the state identified 275 public school buildings that, without safety upgrades, were sure to collapse when the next big earthquake shakes Oregon…and another 754 with a better than 10 percent chance of pancaking.” This is out of 2000 school buildings evaluated. Continue reading

Help your infant or toddler cope with stressful events

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The information comes directly from Science Daily

Date:
July 29, 2014
Source:
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Summary:
18-month-old “Karla” was playing on the slide at the park in her neighborhood, her mother sitting on a nearby bench chatting with her friend. A loud screech was followed by a crash and the sound of car alarms going off. In a flash, Karla was swept into her mother’s arms and both were shaking as they saw people running and heard sirens coming toward the scene of a car crash in the street next to the park.

18-month-old “Karla” was playing on the slide at the park in her neighborhood, her mother sitting on a nearby bench chatting with her friend. A loud screech was followed by a crash and the sound of car alarms going off. In a flash, Karla was swept into her mother’s arms and both were shaking as they saw people running and heard sirens coming toward the scene of a car crash in the street next to the park.

“Hailey,” age 11 months, had just learned to say “da da” when her father had to leave town for three months to work on a job out of town. Hailey was very attached to her father, who was always the one to tuck her in for bed and make her favorite oatmeal with bananas for breakfast. She keeps looking for him, jumps up whenever she hears someone at the door, and she cries when it is time for bed.

How stress impacts young children and babies
Infants and toddlers face stressful events in their everyday lives, just as adults do. Many people think that children younger than three years won’t be as impacted by stress because they “won’t remember” or don’t understand what is happening. However, we now know from research on brain development and toxic stress that even tiny babies are impacted by stress. Even if they can’t put words to their distress, they are impacted by feeling their heart racing, the sight of their mother’s tears, or scary sounds of community violence. Continue reading