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Spring flowers with pollinators flying around.

Superabundant dispatch: Plan a pollinator-friendly edible garden

After a few sunny and warm days, it’s actually starting to feel like a turnover in the seasons. You might be amped to get busy in the garden, but hold your horses: Are you making room for insects in your landscape plans? There are so many small steps we can take to support pollinators in our gardens, and this will pay off in dividends with a more Superabundant growing season.


An egg in a nest of pink flowers in outer space.

Superabundant dispatch: Celebrating the flavors of the vernal equinox

Between Holi (Hindu Festival of Colors), Nowruz (Persian New Year), Shunbun no Hi (Japanese Vernal Equinox Day) and Ostara/Easter, there are so many ways humans have traditionally celebrated the return of spring. The vernal equinox represents a triumph of life over the dark, cold death of winter; of fertility and rebirth. In this week’s newsletter, we reflect on the ways in which the equinox is observed with the season’s symbolic foods.

Abstract colorful circles, nested within each other.

Superabundant dispatch: How Marionberry became Oregon’s official pie

Basketball is great and all that, but the only kind of March Madness we care about is Pi Day (3/14). We suppose you could make a pie that resembles a basketball if you’re a real sporty type. They’re both round and all. We just don’t get a basketball jones the way we jones for pie — and in this week’s Superabundant newsletter we share a little history about pie in the Northwest (and a baller recipe for Oregon’s official state pie).

Watercolor of daffodils in the snow

Superabundant dispatch: How the Northwest survives the snow

Nature has a way of bouncing back from a sudden flurry. Our gardens? Not so much. When it comes to planting our raised beds in, we know the general rules of thumb (most boil down to “wait until after the last frost”), but what about woody plants — what can we learn from the native plants that have close relatives in our backyard beds? And take heart: Spring really is right around the corner.

A painting of cake with fries on top.

Superabundant dispatch: a sweet way to recognize Oregon’s statehood

In this week’s Superabundant newsletter, Heather Arndt Anderson, a Portland-based culinary historian and ecologist reminisces about Oregon’s centennial celebration and ponders the symbolic flavors of the state. She also offers the recipe for applesauce spice cake with cream cheese frosting — her spin on the birthday cake served at Oregon’s centennial birthday party.

Salmon and lemon in front of a lake.

Superabundant dispatch: Appreciating winter ingredients

In this week’s Superabundant newsletter, Heather Arndt Anderson, a Portland-based culinary historian and ecologist shares a little about the winter ingredients that make the Northwest a wonderful place to live. She also offers a recipe for a winter steelhead po’boy sandwich with Meyer lemon remoulade.