SOUTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY BEAN AND GRAIN PROJECT
Harry MacCormack, co-founder of Oregon Tilth and owner of Sunbow Farm in Corvallis, Oregon, provides the vision and inspiration for the Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project. MacCormack has farmed in the south Willamette Valley for forty years, exploring organic farming techniques, developing standards for organic farm certification, and plain old experimenting in the field with a wide variety of grains, legumes, and edible seed crops. Below are some his thoughts and writings about the Bean and Grain Project:
Reports from Sunbow Farm
- 2011 SUNBOW FARM BEAN REPORT
- Harry MacCormack summarizes his experience growing dry-land beans in 2011.
- 2010 SUNBOW FARM BEAN AND GRAIN REPORT
- Bean and grain planting dates, harvesting dates, and yeilds from 2010 growing season are summarized in this document by Harry MacCormack.
- 2009 SUNBOW FARM GRAIN, BEAN, EDIBLE SEED REPORT
- Bean, grain, and edible seed yields from 2009 growing season are summarized in this document by Harry MacCormack.
- 2008 SUNBOW FARM BEAN,GRAIN,EDIBLE SEED RESEARCH REPORT
- Harry MacCormack's field notes from 2008 are summarized in this document that details what was planted, what seed varieties were used, nutritional information on beans and grain, product processing, and total costs.
- BEANS, GRAINS, SOIL BIOLOGY, AND COMPOST TEA
- Mud City Press went to up to Sunbow Farm outside Corvallis on January 23, 2009 to interview Harry MacCormack. These are selected portions from that interview.
- PROJECT DESIGN PRINCIPLES
- These are the design principles established by Harry MacCormack in the formative stages of the Bean and Grain Project.
- 2008 FINANCIAL SUMMARY
- This is the financial report for beans and grains grown at Sunbow Farm in 2008.
Books by Harry MacCormack
- COSMIC INFLUENCES ON AGRICULTURAL PROCESSES
- Half wizard and half scientist, Harry MacCormack weaves together sources as diverse as the teachings of Native American elders, the interpretation of the Mayan Calendar, the work of Rudolph Steiner, and data from NASA's fifty years of space exploration and places them into a single context–seeking resonance with these cosmic cycles in a way that both advances personal self-realization and allows insight into the optimization of agricultural processes on planet earth.
- TRANSITION DOCUMENT: Toward a Biologically Resilient Agriculture
- Dan Armstrong reviews Harry MacCormack's new and expanded fourth edition of THE TRANSITION DOCUMENT: "This is an important book by a long-time contributor to what might be the most crucial work of our time–the transition from better living through chemistry to better living through natural processes."
- THE MORNING STAR SUTRA and THE EVENING STAR SUTRA
- Venus eclipsed our sun in 2004 and will do so again in 2012. This event will not happen again for 130 years. Indigenous cultures across the world understand this eight-year opening as a period of intense possibility for manifestation of new directions. These sutras offer a way into that unfolding.