Our Parking Lot Gardener at May Lecture

034When our General Manager Matt Stanley asked Horticulturist Becky Graham to take over our parking lot garden, Becky says she had a feeling this would be a very special job, due to the special people who shop and are a part of the Co-op. Becky wants to express what a pleasure it is sharing her skills and passion and we at the Co-op feel the same! We get so many wonderful comments about our garden that makes the parking lot a welcoming space.

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“I’ve met hundreds of people who tell me how they’ve appreciated the garden. The fact they make a point to let me know how they appreciate I, that they went up and touched it and smelled it is even better, or asking about a plant. It is kind of an instant connection. That has brought so much joy to me. It’s been a gift. Sometimes I have to pinch myself,” Becky said.

Our May lecture at Fort George Brewery will feature Becky. She has a business called Harvest Moon Designs, and has not only helped transform the Co-op’s outdoor space, but she takes her knowledge and passion about plants all over the community; from the rooftop of the Hotel Elliot to a healing garden that’s in the works at Columbia Memorial Hospital, for example. “Nature inspires, art follows” is a guiding principal in Becky’s designs.

One might imagine finding Becky’s home garden in Knappa on the pages of Sunset magazine. It is made up of raised beds that include an artful combination of edibles, ornamentals, and found objects such as rusty pipes that have been converted into planters.

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“I hunt and gather for things that make me weak in the knees. Sometimes I don’t have any idea of how I will use it, but I know I will. I have an old copper washing machine and I know I’m either going to make a water feature out of it or a planter. I play with colors, texture, and materials I love,” Becky said.

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Becky calls the garden her classroom, sanctuary, and playground. Part of her career includes garden coaching, helping others design their own gardens. Becky’s lecture will include photos and information to provide examples of things you can do with raised beds, containers, and art, similar to the Co-op’s garden.

“Mixing food you can grow locally in containers as well as ornamental and plants good for pollinators. I think about birds, honey bees, and butterflies. Some art happens naturally. You look and you see a combination of foliage and there’s a butterfly that lands there… that’s art as well as the things you bring in,” Becky said.

You can meet Becky and learn about gardening and design at the Co-op’s monthly food and wellness lecture, “Beers to Your Health” at the Fort George Lovell Showroom located at 426 14th Street in Astoria on Thursday May 14th at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. There are food and drinks available for purchase. The event is free and open to all ages.

Featured Wines

 

One of our favorite distributors, Ewald Moseler, traveled from Portland to the Co-op for a wine tasting recently.

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Ewald featured four wines including the following:

The Craftsman Pinot Noir, an Oregon wine with bright cranberry flavors and hints of earth and cinnamon with a luscious mouth-feel, and a great price for under $20. This is a new product at the Co-op.

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2 Copas Spanish Red, 50% Syrah and 50% Tempranillo, is an aromatic and “friendly” wine for every occasion.  It has aromas of blueberry jam and plums with hints of pepper and exotic spices.  This is a smooth, great everyday wine that goes well with mildly seasoned meats, cheese and cold cuts.

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BioKult Grüner Vetliner is a white wine from Austria, which is described as having a fresh and crisp citrus taste, balanced with a creamy texture.  Dry with a touch of pepper, this wine makes a very nice aperitif as well as a pairing with seafood.

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Weingut Herbert Pazen, Mosel Valley, is a 100% Riesling, out of Germany.  It has a fruity taste with a lemony dry finish, perfect to serve with roasted pork and Asian cuisine.  The winery shipped only 70 of the 110 cases produced to Oregon.

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For as long as Ewald can remember, these winemakers, the Pazens, have been “the family next door” in the tiny village of Rachtig, where Ewald grew up.

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Ewald Moseler Selections at Mitchell Wines, based in Portland, is an importer and wholesaler of fine wines from Germany and Austria. The Co-op loves working with Ewald and being able to offer his wines to you.