Nutrition by Nature: Walk and Talk

 

While food is certainly a very important part of nutrition, there is so much more. Join Greenbelt, Enrich Health Consulting, Slow Food Corvallis, and local wildlife scientists for a unique talk and walk morning at Bald Hill Farm.

Local Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Stasi Kasianchuk will explore the impact of where we get our food, how it’s prepared, even how and who we eat with has on our health. She’ll share resources and easy to implement strategies to use them.

We’ll then head out for a walk around Bald Hill Farm with local biologists Molly Monroe and Nate Richardson, who will help us identify what exists in our winter eco-system.

We’ll wrap up back in the farmhouse with more insight about local food and connections with culture and community from Marilyn Henderson, President of Slow Food Corvallis while we warm up with some locally sourced seasonal dishes. We’ll provide easy recipes for you to take home!

Space is limited to 20 for this free event.

Nutrition by Nature: Walk & Talk

Writing Workshop with Oregon Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford **waitlist**

Greenbelt is delighted to host a writing workshop led by the profoundly gifted Kim Stafford, Oregon’s Poet Laureate. Poetry is in Stafford’s DNA as his father, William Stafford, served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate from 1974 to 1989. Stafford’s works are deep, curious, holistic and serve to transport the reader into soothing reflection and recognition for the meaning of place, nature, and life. This is a not-to-miss workshop!

Excellent for readers, writers, and nature lovers.

Join us for an engaging workshop which will include instruction, writing outdoors, and group reading.

This event is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please fill out the form below:

Writing Workshop (10/10/19) Waitlist

Members Happy Hour: Bald Hill Farm

 

Calling all Greenbelt members! Join us at the Farmhouse at Bald Hill Farm for a happy hour and pot-luck picnic October 3rd from 4-7pm. We’ll provide the beer from Sky High Brewing and you can test out our new horseshoe pits. Feel free to bring a dish to share and a blanket or game for the lawn! This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with your fellow members in our backyard.

Space is limited for this free event. Register today!

This is part of a quarterly series of ‘Members-Only’ outings … just one of the many incentives to become and renew your membership. If you are not a member, simply become one and you are eligible for these fun events! Become a member HERE.

Art on the Farm

Join us for a near-equinox afternoon of art at Bald Hill Farm

In the Autumn-esque midday light—paint, photograph, craft, or draw pastoral scenes of rolling hills, oak groves, barns, cows, and critters. Be inspired by the muse that is Bald Hill Farm. Pick your medium and bring your lunch!

No experience necessary! Bring your own materials for this no-instruction event where we’ll make art simply for our own delight. What a magical time to be inspired by the landscape at Bald Hill Farm, as the light shifts from summer to fall.

This gathering is hosted by Greenbelt Volunteer Naturalist, Miriam Edell

From Sting to Medicine

Dan the Wasp Man

Dan Scollard getting ready to remove wasps at Bald Hill Farm

Bald Hill Farm recently had a wasp nest removed by the curious and courageous Dan Scollard of Oregon Wasp.

The nest—too close to the farmhouse for comfort—was home to the Bald-Faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculate), the largest wasp in this area and Dan’s favorite social wasp because they have “lots of personality and can hover, fly backward, bite, sting, and squirt venom.”

A little known—and sometimes confusing—fact: We have no true native hornets in North America. The Bald-Faced Hornet and its relative, the yellow hornet, are actually Aerial Yellowjackets. The only true hornet in North America is the invasive Vespa crabro European hornet—which is not found on the west coast.

Bald-Faced Hornets are primarily aerial hunters of anything smaller than them, including yellow jackets. And the adults will enjoy a sip of nectar from time to time.

Greenbelt had the nest of Bald-Faced Hornets removed to protect visitors to the farmhouse, some of whom may be allergic when stung. Dan sends the wasps he collects to a lab where the venom is extracted from each wasp, amazingly, by hand. From there, immunotherapy shots are made from the venom and used to save the lives of people who have extreme allergies to wasp stings.

Learn more about the remarkable Dan Scollard in this recent Democrat-Herald article.