Back to Basics: Deconstructing the Pumpkin Spice Latte

The days grow shorter, the big leaf maple trees start to shed their leaves and the rains start to come more frequently, hallmarks of fall in Oregon. Another early indicator that fall is approaching is the arrival of the pumpkin spice latte and all its glory. Come and read about the history of the major ingredients which comprise this infamous drink!

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Showcasing Exceptional Voices This Fall

As a part of the agriculture community, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom strives to provide resources that highlight the histories and cultures responsible for the historic and current development of food and preservation of our natural resources. Our lending library, contains hundreds of books and lessons making it a good place to explore multicultural book offerings through the context of agriculture.

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Experience Oregon Agriculture

I am thankful to live in the beautiful state of Oregon, where I can explore the outdoors, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and appreciate the variety of food we have available. Although I never grew up on a farm, I had the opportunity to live a country lifestyle, raising animals and working on farms during the summer months. I was surrounded by agriculture in our small town and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Bulb Forcing

My mother loves tulips. She is as faithful to this bloom as the pickiest of pollinators. Even in spring, when tulips are plentiful at the farmers market and grocery store, she will drive the extra 45 minutes to a tulip farm—just for the added choice. Only yesterday over dinner, I noticed a bouquet of deep purple tulips on her windowsill, set against the backdrop of a rainy January evening. I love tulips because my mother loves tulips, and because of the the color they bring to an otherwise typical gray Portland day. In winter, these flowers bring with them a foreshadowing of spring, and can warm the people sitting around a kitchen table. Tulips, and other bulbs, can do the same thing for a classroom.

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The 6 F’s of Oregon Agriculture

When you hear the word agriculture, what comes to mind? Is it an older man in a straw hat and overalls? Is it a big red barn amidst a sweeping rural landscape? Or is it the Ram Truck commercial commemorating Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” poem that aired during the fourth quarter of the 2013 Super Bowl?

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Why Choose Agriculture?

Imagine a man in his late fifties with tired eyes and calloused hands. His 4:30a.m. alarm clock just went off as it does seven days a week, 365 days a year.

His daily tasks involve the expertise of a veterinarian, a water conservationist, an economist, a meteorologist, a mechanic, and a business owner. He was up all last night talking care of newborn calves but could not sleep in this morning because he has to get the hay crop in before it rains tomorrow. It’s also his birthday.

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Stepping on an Essential Resource

You’ve heard that soil is the root of all life. And physically, soil does hold all the roots and provide a substrate to support roots for plants and trees, but what else does it do?  Isn’t it just an inert substrate beneath our feet, and the stuff we put in flower pots, meant to provide structure for our plants?

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