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10 The Sun, Wednesday, September 23, 2009 A colorful sunrise Photo by Cindy Lesslck Mt. Hood can be seen during this colorful sunrise looking east from Willamina earlier this month. Local-farm grows medicinal herbs By Jo Mclntyre Correspondent, The Sun World travelers Rafe and Kate Parker are the kind of people for whom quotation marks were invented, as in "re- tired." Comfortably ensconced on their 10-acre Sheridan farm, Kate is busy working in her garden, selling her .own potted herb plants at farmers markets, and giving talks about the herbs. She grows both medicinal and culinary herbs, but laughs when asked to name the ones she grows. "There are about 90 of them," she said. "I started with the idea of doing medicinal herbs, but there is a water issue up there on the hill, so that wasn't feasible." She changed to culinary, tea and fragrant herbs, plus a few medicinals. Instead of growing medici- nal herbs to wholesale compa- nies, she just sells directly to farmers markets. Even so, this leads to 18-hour days. That's about all she can handle with- out hiring additional labor. She takes her potted plants to about three farmers markets a week at the beginning of the season but sales just cover her costs. The Plants come out of her small greenhouse, plus some cold frames and a few field- grown plants used for cuttings and divisions. The farm is on Brightridge Road at elevation of about 400 feet. "It's sunnier than most of the surrounding area," she said, noting that there are actually microclimates on the farm. In her own garden, she can scarcely get any summer veg- etables, since she doesn't plant until nearly fall. Her market activities use up her spring time. Aside from garden, green- house and some chickens, the Parker s are doing riparian res- toration on the property, which is mostly in wildlife habitat. In spite of all evidence to the contrary, Kate and Rafe have officially retired. "After many years of following his passion, it was time to follow mine," she said. "I've always loved garden- ing and working with plants. I got it from my mother who gave me a section of garden when I was very, very young." She has always been interested in altemative forms of healing. That, too, started early. Her doc- Photo by Jo Mclntyro Kate Parker harvests medicinal herbs. tor was a homeopath. They moved here from Massachusetts after looking all over the world for where they might like to live. They already knew Oregon, because they had worked here and loved the cli- mate and the people. "They're very different from the East Coast, where people are insular," she said. She and her husband are uniquely qualified to make such comparisons. Kate is from South Africa, and Rafe is an Englishman. She met her husband on a Zambian farm. They moved to the U.S. in 1968, where he worked with the Outward Bound program in Maine and New ,Mexico. In Maine, they bought a farm that was a real farm, she said, and named it Katula Farm where they met in Zambia. When they moved to the Sheri- dan farm, they learned it al- ready had a name, Brightridge Farm, so she named her busi- ness Kamla Herbs. For 20 years, both Parkers worked with the SEA Educa- tion Association in Massachu- setts. The program offers a combination of sailing on re- search vessels with shore-based studies of the deep ocean. "One of the big feeder schools for this program is Oregon State University," She said. City council " mulls bond for water plant By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun The reservoir at Stoney Mountain is finished, but the City of Sheridan will not re- main ahead of the demand for water if it does not move on the next stag e of the project -- building a new water treatment plant. Councilor Rene Quinones recently attended a luncheon for small cities. Water has be- come a critical issue in cities this side of Portland, he re- ported. "We' re ahead of the ball game," he said: The water that will soon collect in the new res- ervoir will do the community little good, however, if the city does not move onto the next phase, building a new facility to treat the water. ''We're go- ing to have to start pushing the new plant," he added. During the Sept. 7 tour of the Stoney Mountain Reservoir city councilors praised the past city councils for being forward thinking and acqoiring water rights long before the city would need to utilize them. These men of vision first ob- tained the water rights to a se- ries of springs in the area, then in 1904 obtained water rights on Willamina Creek. They could see that this was some- thing we could use in the fu- ture, said Councilor Tonya Mishler. Many other communities in Yamhill County are in now finding that the demand for water is outpacing the supply, and in at least one community it has led to a crisis situation. Two cities -- Sheridan and McMinnville -- have built or expanded their own water sources to meet the growing needs of the city and give them the water collection capacity to become regional suppliers. What is bad news for other cities is good news for Sheri- dan, Quinones said. That how- ever, will have little signifi- cance if the city stops now and does not continue to build a fa- cility to treat the water from the off-stream water storage site. "It's all for naught," said Coun- cilor Harry Cooley. Moving forward will re- quire the support of local vot- ers who will have to approve funding to construct a new wa- ter treatment plant, estimated to cost about $2 million, 'hey've got to understand.., it's got to make sense to them," Mayor Val Adamson said. The city must begin a plan for marketing its successes as well as its future needs, the council agreed. In other matters: Plan to end homelessness. With a 4 to 2 vote the council decided not to adopt a resolu- tion calling for an interagency and intergovernmental partner- ship to end homelessness in Yamhill County within 10 years. The plan, presented by Yamhill County Commissioner Kathy George at the Aug. 17 meeting, does not require the input of money from the city but asks for support from each community to work with the county to solve homelessness together. After a month to consider the county-wide plan, the coun- cil decided against signing the resolution. "I just don't know what we're going to contrib- ute," Adamson said. Although the county is not asking for financial support, it is likely that it will ask for an in-kind donation which may come in the form of waving system development fees, Adamson said. RUBBER STAMPS are available at THE SUN 136 E. 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