Nella Mae's Farm

Fresh, naturally-grown produce from our family farm in Cove, Oregon

Weekly Update

Hello friends,

We had a great class on natural pest control last week. Thanks so much for everyone who attended and asked great questions and gave great advice.

The Observer interviewed me about the class and my tips, so stay tuned for that forthcoming article. You can also read all my garden resources on my website here.

Updates & Info this week:
  • New blog post: Tips for Starting Tomatoes
  • and/or..Pre-order tomato starts from Nella Mae's Farm
  • March 16 online gardening class- Understanding Soils for the Home Gardener
  • COVID Vaccine info
  • Farmstand pantry update--next week fingers crossed...
  • Tea House bread club
Tomato glamor shot...
Garden Classes
  • March 16th, 6-7pm on Zoom- Understanding Soil for the Home Gardener. Register here.
Class cost:
Each class has two types of tickets: $7 tickets and "You Choose the Amount" tickets. Whatever works for you works for me. (If you don't want to pay $2 in Eventbrite fees, email me and I'll sign you up manually. You can then send me a check or pay via CashApp or Venmo.)

Class location:
Zoom! Until further notice, classes will be online. If you haven't used Zoom, you can download it here or just click on the link I send you when you register and use your web browser to join. If you need help, let me know! Call, email or text me and I'll do my best to help.

As the weather gets better, I hope to have some classes outside at the farm. I'm looking at April 10th for an on-farm "Weed Management for the Home Gardener" class (and weeding work party :)

Get in touch with any questions at 541-910-4098 or

Sign up for my "Understanding Soil for the Home Gardener" on March 16th.
Farmstand Update
I'm still not ready to open the food pantry in the farmstand, but I hope to be ready by the end of the week. Stay tuned.
Your grateful farmer, Nella Mae
Click here to read my blog post on tips for starting tomatoes.
New Blog Post: Tips for starting tomatoes
I have outlined my best tips for starting tomatoes in a new blog post on my website. Tip 1: Don't start too early! Read on for more.
Tomato starts from Nella Mae's Farm
This year I am offering to do a limited amount of tomato starts for pre-order. If you provide the seed it is $2/plant. If I provide the seed it is $2.50/plant. Contact me for more details.

I have the following heirloom varieties available.
  • Green Zebra
  • Gold Medal
  • Solar Flare
  • Large Barred Boar
  • Japanese Black Trifele
  • Cherokee Purple
  • Crimson Cushion (beefsteak)
  • Pink Vernissage
  • Vintage Wine
  • Chocolate Pear
  • Isis Candy Cherry
  • Black Cherry
Vaccine info
First, thank you to all the health care workers, health department, and volunteers making the vaccine clinics happen!

As of March 1st, folks 65 and over can sign up for a COVID vaccine.

The spots are filling up very quickly. I've tried to sign up several neighbors with some success. Make sure to subscribe for the CHD listserv if you're in Union County for updates.

Tips for signing up on the CHD website:
  • Don't use an iPad or tablet--the website has issues on those devices. Use a desktop computer.
  • Sign up at At the top of the page it will either say registration is OPEN in green or CLOSED in red. If open, there are dates in blue. Click the date you want and it will prompt you to fill out your info. Sometimes it takes a few tries. Keep trying!
  • When you go to sign up, scroll to the bottom first. If you can see blue time slots to the right of the calendar, that means you can sign up. If it says "no slots available" in grey to the right of the calendar, everything is full.
Some folks are also able to get vaccinated at Safeway. Check out their website here.

I don't know if other pharmacies are offering vaccines yet based on Googling and the grapevine. From the website it looks like Bimart will have vaccines but doesn't yet. I couldn't determine the vaccine situation at Rite Aid or Red Cross from the internet.

Again, if you need a hand getting signed up, please contact me and I am happy to help.
Bread & Cookie Clubs
Finally, our friend Sarah West at Tea House La Grande has the next round of Bread Club & Cookie Club open. Info here.
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Nella Mae Parks (she/her)
Nella Mae's Farm
69361 Antles Lane
Cove, OR 97824

Land Acknowledgement: I live on the Native lands of the Cayuse, Umatilla & Walla Walla past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and its people.

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