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Just moved to Silverton, Oregon

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Hello,

 

I actually have not been on this forum for years!  As I talked to a dear, old friend yesterday about my sadness and missing our former community, she asked if I had been on Mothering to look for opportunities?  So here I am.  I'm feeling uprooted and very sad about moving.  We lived in Wyoming for 18 years and had a wonderful community of mamas and families and my children felt loved and supported by everyone.  Now, we are in a new place and I am feeling completely uprooted and so are they.  I'm slightly introverted and we are currently homeschooling (we are Waldorf and Montessori inspired), so we are struggling with meeting other familes with children.  We value creative play, whole foods, and being outdoors.  We are open-minded to all walks of life and would just love to meet people in Silverton.  My husband is a middle school teacher and I'm a biologist, but have been home with my children for several years now.  We are also trying to find sources of organic produce, grass-fed meats, and raw milk, and pasture eggs.

 

Thank you!!  and take good care,

Amy

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I don't live in the area any more. So hopefully there will be more people who see this post and can help and welcome you.

I know that there are lots of Homeschool groups in the area most I found through yahoo groups.  This one says it is for the Salem area, which if I remember right is not too far from Silverton. 

For raw milk I would look on Realmilk.com . We mostly got our beef from New seasons Market but they are only in the Portland area, so that might be a bit far to drive for you.  You might also check out www.localharvest.org to see if you can find local stuff.

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We're in the Canby area, so not super close to you, but I have a small homeshool group of other mothering mamas that is starting to get together if you would like to drive up to join us.  Also,  I wanted to recommend LifeSource natural foods in Salem.  My husband works there and it is probably the closest natural foods store to you.  The Silverton Grange is also a member of the Green grange movement and we've heard they have done some locavore type potlucks.  We've been interested in getting involved there as its the closest green grange to Canby but they might be a good resource for you to find sources of good food.

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Hi from Eugene!

 

Just wanted to say my family and friends just had a great campout at neaby Silver Falls state park. As always the falls were breathtaking. We only did about half of the 10 falls hike though...

 

You should check it out as a fun family activity: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_211.php

 

Look for the Farm+Garden section on Craigslist for grass fed meats and eggs. You might want to check Portland, Salem and Eugene lists. Farmers from well outside these towns post so you might find some very close to you.

 

I am the on the Weston A Price Yahoo group called WAPFEugene. It's not a busy list and does have members from outside the Eugene area, like Scio. People post about buying clubs, grassfed meats, raw milk, kefire grains, ferment get togethers. The local chapter will host classes and movie nights too.

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WAPFEugene/

Here is the Portland group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/wapfportland/

 

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Hello!  I live in Scio, with is SE of Salem.  I live on 20 acres, where we have hens (currently not laying).  In a slightly complicated situation here (marriage ending), and in dire need of help to make our place more of a farm.  

 

I joined the Weston A. Price Foundation Eugene and Portland groups.  A WAPF Salem group just got started.  They are good resources for locating food.

 

I have been going to the Silverton Spiritual Life Community Church.  It's New Thought oriented (honoring all paths to the divine).  Sure wish we had something like that down here - I wanted the spiritual community, but couldn't bring myself to go to any of the Christian churches around here, even though I am most comfortable with Christianity.

 

http://www.silvertonspirituallife.org/home/silverton-spiritual-life-community

 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Silverton-Spiritual-Life-Community/221456374538581

 

On the second Sunday of the month, they do a potluck.  Currently, the church is held above The Green Store.  Nothing current on the website and facebook stuff, but she does send out e-mails (one of us in the congregation needs to step up on the rest!).  Really great small group so far.

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Welcome! I'm in Salem, which is about a half-hour from Silverton. We moved here over the summer and are still trying to find our way around but are starting to feel more at home. There is a pretty active "crunchy-ish" moms' group here. It's called Mama Revolution and you can find it on facebook (and yahoo groups but the yahoo group is not very active). I think there are a few women there who live in Silverton. There are quite a few options for pastured eggs and chicken, grass-fed beef and pork, and raw milk. Cloverfield Farm in Aumsville has raw milk ("pet feed" milk), pastured beef, and fryer chickens, though they are not currently offering eggs. Lake View Farm in Halsey also has grass-fed meats and chickens, eggs, and raw milk (cow share). McK Ranch in Dallas has a buying club with grass-fed beef and eggs. Sweet Home Farm (in Sweet Home) has eggs and chickens. There are a bunch more options but it does take some researching to find them. If you do find the Mama Revolution facebook group there is a document that lists some local food resources.

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Hi, Amy.  I see that your post is really old, so I'm not sure if you'll get this, but I'm also in Silverton and looking for more resources for our family.  Particularly looking for any homeschooling co-ops or groups for our area.  We tend to be a little introverted, just because we are so busy (4 kids and one on the way).  I teach parenting classes and my DH is a biologist up at the Oregon Gardens.  So much in common!  

 

Moving can be really hard on everyone.  Hope you're finding your way in our little town a bit better these days.

 

~Bethany

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