gathering together farm

My friend Lisa Hargest (you may have seen her in this post) came over for dinner a while back, and we got to talking about the state of things at Gathering Together Farm, the place where Henry and I worked for years and now the place where Lisa has worked for years. She told us […]


I had some time to kill this afternoon, so I stopped in to visit my friends in the propagation greenhouse at Gathering Together Farm. The place is bustling and beautiful. So much spring (and summer) in there! radicchio starts endive starts lettuce starts celery starts eggplant starts onion starts got a haircut baby tomato starts […]


A version of this post first appeared on the Gathering Together Farm blog here. Every Tuesday, I go in to Gathering Together Farm to hang around the restaurant kitchen, taking photos of the week’s new menu. When I rolled in this week, one of the kitchen staff quickly escorted me to the back, insisting that […]


Garden Seed Sources

February 16, 2012 · 8 comments

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably getting seed catalogues in the mail almost daily and tossing half of them into the recycling bin without giving some of them more than half a glance. If you’re new to gardening, you’re might be scouring the thousands of seed sources on the internet and in your local […]


A version of this post first appeared on the Gathering Together Farm blog here. Joelene Jebbia is a personal friend of mine. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that she is one of the most physically strong people I know, and she is also brilliant with a keen sense of observation. Spending time with her talking […]


‘winter red’ kale A version of this post first appeared on the Gathering Together Farm blog here. When I use the first-person words “we” and “our”, I am speaking as a representative of Gathering Together Farm. Kale and collards have always been and will always be staples at Gathering Together Farm. Oregon’s frosty nights and […]


Sooo…I got a job. Actually it feels less like a NEW job and more like a homecoming, something so familiar but yet challenging and inspiring. Starting this week, I’m the official social media manager and blogger for Gathering Together Farm (GTF), an organic mostly direct-market vegetable farm in Philomath, OR. I’m going to use this post […]


Gathering Together Farm winter squash display at the Corvallis Farmers’ Market Gathering Together Farm in Philomath, Oregon grows (among other things) eight varieties of winter squash on about five acres of fertile ground. Planting, tending, harvesting, washing, packing, and delivering the bounty to market requires a lot of time and a lot of laboring, but […]


How to Cut a Watermelon

September 1, 2011 · 6 comments

Watching most people cut watermelons makes me cringe. I have to hide my eyes when I see someone awkwardly wielding a huge knife and hacking at a ten-pound melon. I’d like to see the statistics on how many people lose fingers while slicing up a little summertime treat. It can be a dangerous activity if […]


After graduating from high school, I worked at Gathering Together Farm in Philomath, Oregon for five seasons. In that time, I spent countless hours of each August and September picking and picking up melons. Literally tens of thousands of pounds of melons. In addition to harvesting cantaloupes almost every day for over a month, I […]