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The French Connection

The French Connection

Dear Friends, Good morning from Amity, Oregon. The sun is out this morning for the first time since I arrived on Tuesday. It is a beautiful morning and hopefully a sign of the week to come. I just love it when the valley below us is socked in with fog and the mountains are out.…

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Happy New Year to You!

Happy New Year to You!

Dear Friends, I hope you had a joyous and restful holiday season and that you, your friends, and your family are healthy. A shout out to the front-line workers who have spent their holidays caring for others battling the virus. And to all of those affected by the fires in Colorado, my thoughts are with…

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January in the Brooks Garden

January in the Brooks Garden

“Something essential happens in a vegetable garden. It’s a place where if you can’t say ‘I love you’ out loud, you can say it in seeds. And the land will reciprocate in beans.”      -Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants Hope is in a seed. As we…

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Sparkly and Bright

Sparkly and Bright

Dear Friends, I hope you all had a great week. Mine was a bit stressful trying to find a place for my kids to live when they move to Denver at the first of the year. A huge shout out to our Colorado Wine Club members who sent me great resources! It made a big…

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Gifts for Good

Gifts for Good

Dear Friends, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for all of you, my team, my family, and all the gifts I have in this life. My son and his cat have returned home for the rest of the year so our gang is all back together and it feels great.…

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November in the Brooks Garden

November in the Brooks Garden

“You ought not to grow garlic unless you are willing to let it make you as patient as it needs for its purposes” – Stanley Crawford, A Garlic Testament After the strenuous work of summer, the slower pace of fall announces itself with a sigh of relief from gardeners as we take a pause from…

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Dirt Matters

Dirt Matters

Dear Friends, I arrived in the Willamette Valley late Tuesday night and woke up to this sky and vineyard covered in beautiful golden leaves. It has been a good first week. Harvest is past us and the focus now is on finishing the aromatic whites wines. We are all so eager to have Amycas and…

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Clones Matter and Last Call

Clones Matter and Last Call

Dear Friends, Happy Halloween! I have so many memories with the kids on this day. I still remind my daughter when she was two years old and dressed up as Snow White. She convinced me to dress up as Grumpy in the full Disney suit.  She clearly had me (well, still does) wrapped around her finger!…

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