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August 26, 2009 The Coquille Valley Sentinel Page 5 m Z Garden with Brook Settle Food Chains I learned something at the zoo in the Seattle area that has sobered and impacted by Ish Shalom WHAT'S HAPPENING IN COQUILLE by Lowell Thomas for the specific purpose of funding the water slide portion of the project. Pictures of the proposed new pool are available several At a meeting of persons interested inplaces downtown, at the pool itself and at downtown restoration last week the forma- Judy's New Image on Central and Sixth. J t tion of a formal citizen's advisory commit- The hanging flower baskets are still beauti- " me. I remember the tee was discussed. It was pointed out that lying the core area and along Central. ] moment. The children were both the Coquille Comprehensive Plan and Although the project committee is planning t the Coquille Urban Renewal Plan contain to keep the baskets up through most of all looking at an exhibit, Everybody loves vegetables, right? As much as I love provisions for general public participation September, they expect a few baskets that probably of wolves, planting trees for food, I must accept that, at least in tern- Surprisingly, the nearest in efforts to restore "blighted" areas within are in locations subject to the most highly perate climates, most vegetables grow on the ground. In the what is now known as the Coquille exposed conditions of wind and sun to plaque was not about . tropics there are all sorts of interesting tree-borne vegetable Downtown. The Oregon Revised Statutesbegin fading during September. Those bas- wolves, but about lemmings, crops, such as breadfruit, for instance. Breadfruit is a rela- governing Urban Renewal Plans containkets have already started to be taken down. and about deer. Lemmings tive of the common fig, and bears large spherical fruits, provisions for the appointment of a At the last monthly Operation Coquille, Inc. are rodents. The plaque which contain flesh which is traditionally baked and eaten Citizens' Advisory Committee as part of the board meeting Seyia Nishi reported that wereeXplainedable tothattraceSCientistSthe loss of ' actuallylike bread.a perennialChay°te vine,SquaShbutiS Ian°therhave seeneXample'it growWhiChand beariS "blighted area" restoration process. Those some of the baskets are beginning to fail present at last week's meeting agreed that and will need replacing next year. The bas- a deer herd in one region fruit all the way up 50' tall oak trees in Florida! the building housing "Bill's Place" should kets now in use originally cost about $50 through a 'food chain' that Onions are one vegetable that I absolutely couldn't live receive very high priority in any downtown each. Their replacements will cost more included the wolf and the without. However, growing common onions is a lot of restoration effort. That building appears to because they are made of petroleum based lemming. The lemming pop- work; having to start seeds in the winter, then baby the be in violation of several Codes including plastic materials which have increased in t ulation declined, and there- small seedlings till they're ready to be planted out in the the Building Code and the Health Code. In cost in the past few years. The public is ] fore, eventually, so did all spring, and then having to baby the small plants in the the past the City has gone as far as con- urged to begin donating funds to provide for " else in that circle, ground, protecting them from slugs and so on. demnation and even using the condemned replacement baskets needed before next ] Obviously, that picture There exist, however, a different sub-species of onions structure as a "bum-to-learn" site for the summer, t I've just given you isn't a called multiplier onions. Multiplier onions have a different Fire Department (as it did many years ago The Teen and Parent Resource Center garden picture, but it is. growing habit than common onions in that they are perenni- at the lot on which I built the house in at The Hat Shop on Central continues to I've been challenged by al rather than biennial. This means that instead of putting which I live.) Suggestions were made about provide a wide array of information for folks because I write about out seeds at the end of their second season and then die, as trying to use less toxic how to remove the "Bill's Place" building those dealing with depression and suicidal common onions do, the multiplier onions just make more to allow the land under it to be redevel- tendencies. They anticipate that demand for things. I observe frequently and more onion bulbs clumped together, instead of making oped. Those involved in this discussion felt their information will be increasing as the people get very upset when seeds. The way I grow these, is to harvest all but one onion the owner of this property should become end of summer nears. they observe insects on their of each such clump. The one bulb left in the ground will involved in these considerations an plan to Operation Welcome provides newcomers plants, and their first then grow into another clump for next year. The onions in invite him to their next meeting. It was special bags containing information about assumption is that what they the photo were harvested earlier this week. This kind of also pointed out that the new city land use services and merchants in Coquille. are viewing is 'obviously' onion is somewhat smaller than common onions, but still code allows parking in nearby areas as an Newcomers, or those knowing of newcom- what ate their plant. Except large enough to be worthwhile, alternative to "on site" parking required to ers, are invited to call the Sentinel phone it isn't obvious. Just like Another type of perennial onion relative which I grow is upgrade the usage of buildings currently number (396-3191) and ask for Dian with most of life, it is complicat- called the 3 sided leak. This onion grows very readily, and existing in the downtown area, provided the their requests for these bags. ] ed. Is the plant stressed? Is has both perennial bulbs, which grow back every year, and parking is of a "permanent" nature. A Operation Coquille Inc. needs more vol- the insect we are seeing sets seeds, which sprout readily at the onset of autumn "publicly owned" parking area where the unteer members willing to help carry out being eaten by something rains. You might have seen these growing wild around "Bill's Place" building now sits would sat- community benefit projects for improving else? Is it eating something Coquille. The biggest patch I've seen is on the side of Hwy isfy that criteria, thereby facilitating further our quality of life. Individuals can becomet otl er than the plant? What 42, between Coquille and Myrtle Point, iSri the easfside of commercial and residential development in members by coming into the Sentinel office c ime first, the chicken or the road. In early spring, these all make a lovely display of downtown Coquille. on First St., completing a membership form, the egg? And the answer is their beautiful white flowers, which are quite tasty them- The Community Pool committee contin- and leaving the form with a dues payment yes. selves! ues its grant application activities. Another on our desk. (Dues are only $20 per year.) You see, what I realized These onions have very small bulbs, which I find some- grant request is being submitted this week that day in the zoo is that what tedious having to peel each one. However, the green my life depends, to some tops of these are delicious as green onions, and together extent, on other types of with their flowers, make a great addition to salads or a deli- Help! life. I'm not fanatical about cate gamish on select dishes. After flowering and then seed- Sometimes in life we find ourselves in a place we hadn't intended. Sometimes the pressure this, but I do aim for bal- ing, the green tops die back to the ground for the summer, builds or our desire is so great that life has gotten out of control. We turn to chemicals or ance. I do use harsh chemi- and don't pop back up again till winter. This makes for a behaviors - anger, alcohol, pornography, drugs, gambling, etc. - that gradually destroy, not cals when the invasive plant good combination with other perennial vegetables, which only our own lives, but the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. We need help. I'm trying to eradicate only grow in the summer, and die back in the winter, as Here's a quick assessment to help you discover whether you're in this destructive lifestyle: seems to call for it, which is they won't compete for sunlight or nutrients. " i rarely. But I also use There are many other types of perennial vegetables too. 1 } Have you tried to quit drinking, but been unable to do so? i pruners, a shovel, and basic Perennials are great in that after their initial planting, they i 'dig-it-out' tools. I don't just keep producing food, every year. To learn more about often spray for pests. I've other perennial vegetables, I highly recommend the book t learned to wait for God'sPerennial Vegetables, by Eric Toensmeier, which is avail- balance, the predators, to able at the Coquille library. In fact, this week I am leaving show up. They do. My life to go visit friends and family on the east coast, including is less expensive and less Eric Toensmeier in Massachusetts. I look forward to seeing complicated because I can his perennial plantings, and possibly even getting some wait. Many things need to seeds directly from him. live. I'll be gone on my trip for 6 weeks, but will try to write about my Food Forest adventures on the east coast from my travels. Till then, enjoy all Coquille's ripening fruit for me! Always kiss your children goodnight- even if they're already asleep. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. COQUILLE Ish Shalom is the Food Forester at Mountain Homestead, a center for education and development of rural American skills located right outside Coquille, in the forested Walker Creek Valley. You can reach him at P.O. Box 905, Coquille, or COMMUNITY GARDEN The Community Garden now has a beautiful arbor above the entryway. Thank you YES or NO 2} Are you easily irritated by people who suggest you have a problem? YES or NO 3 } Have you tried various "numbing" solutions to hold life together? YES or NO 4}Do you have the ,'shakes" when you don't get your "fix"? YES or NO 5}In the past year, has someone been hurt because of your problem? YES or NO 6}Do you try to hide your struggle from anyone? YES or NO 7}Do you tell yourself that you can stop any time you like? YES or NO 8}Have you consistently missed work, school or important appointments? YES or NO 9}Do you think often about getting a "fix"? YES or NO 10}Is getting a "fix" controlling your life? YES or NO Help is on the way If you answered "YES" to two or more of these questions, you need help to reclaim your life. We are here to do just that through CELEBRATE RECOVERY. We want to help you find a better life not determined by enslavement to "getting a fix", but by hope. We have seen several people's lives changed and know tliat you will find help here. Call us: COQUILLE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH (396-3542) 1 Brian Ibach for taking a rough sketch and converting it into such a sculpturally inviting work of art! We would also like to express our gratitude to those business and individuals who have continued to support the garden during this last quarter. Thank you, Coquille Valley Sentinel, for providing weekly updates detailing the garden's progress. The World, Coquille Valley News, and KCBY have also contributed supplemental media coverage in their publications and on the air. Thanks to our neighbors, for their generous contribution of donated time, expertise, and funding: Coos Curry Federal Credit Union, Lisa Ehle, Ralph Foord (Auto Clinic,) Jackie Green, Dan and Daniel Hodge, Darrell Holycross, Milk-E-Way Feed and Trucking, Pioneer Methodist Church, Anthony Ray, Dave Schmidt, Scolari Dairy, Slice Recovery, and Harvey Wolford. Your generosity has enabled us to donate 100 pounds of produce to the local food bank, as well as provide a place where community members can grow their own food. The garden is located at 180 N. Baxter between the Pioneer Methodist Church and the Auto Clinic. Please contact Darlene at 404-7519 for more infor- mation, or visit our website at: It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our chil- dren do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my chil- dren to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. - Joyce Maynard