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Oregon TruffleTryst TruffiŤre  

The Oregon TruffleTryst TruffiŤre is an attempt to create an Oregon Black Truffle truffiŤre using empirical information from several sources.

January 2017 --
    We finally had some success finding Oregon truffles on the property. A few Oregon White truffles were found in an unanticipated area near the barn, occurring naturally. Several Oregon Black truffles were found around older trees than those planted and "innoculated" in 2008. Still, the trees where the truffles were found were "innoculated" by pouring a Black Truffle slurry around the base of the trees at the same time as the 2008 plantings. But the small number of trees and large number of 'critters' that like truffles will likely continue to make for slim pickings .


November 2014 --
    Several of the Doug Fir trees in the main field have had large holes dug next to them, close to the trunks. By the size of the holes I would guess it something larger than mice or squirrels. I also did not notice any sign of insect nests around the trees before or after finding the holes. Bears have been documented digging for, or eating truffles, and we have regular visits by black bears. But I have not yet tested any of the trees to determine if any of them may have black truffle mycelium growing on their roots, or actual truffles.

September 2010 --
    As part of my Horticulture studies, the trees in the main field were numbered, marked and measured for height and caliper. Three weed abatement treatments were randomly selected. They included recycled paper mats, moisture pourous plastic mats and using a propane torch to keep the weeds from growing around the trees. The final report, converted by Excel into a web page format can viewed HERE. You may want to zoom the pages out a bit.

March 2008 --
    Less than an acre of field has been set aside on the GCRF property for the attempt. Started in 2008, over 300 Douglas Fir seedlings have been innoculated with Oregon black truffles. Some of the black truffles were wild harvested and some were bought at the yearly Oregon Black Truffle Festival held in Eugene, Oregon. The Douglas Fir seedlings had their roots pressure washed and soaked in a disinfectant. They were placed in a slurry of Oregon black truffles for several days and then transferred to a mixture of peat, perlite, vermiculte and the remaining truffle slurry. After six to eight weeks they were transplanted to the field. Each of the original seedlings was covered with a plastic mesh tube to deter deer and elk browsing. Subsequent plantings without the plastic mesh protection suffered a loss of greater than 80% in the first year. Maybe the elk liked the truffle aroma .

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Soil Maps

Please note: These soil maps are for a specific area around the GCRF. They have been password protected due to a large number of visitors curious about the terrain around the site. You can view the same maps at http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Have a great day!


Innoculation and planting of Douglas Fir seedlings:


Some of the Oregon Black Truffles used to innoculate Douglas Fir seedlings:


Just Say No To GMO by Michael Adams


Song Lyrics
                  Song by Mike Adams, with spoken lines from 
                  Jeffrey Smith
                  Iím lookin at the food thatís in the grocery store
                  They say itís safe, everybody eat more.
                  On second thought, I donít really know if itís made with those GMOs
                  So Iím lookin for the non-GMO label Ďfore I bring it home and put it on my table
                  I wanna know itís verified so I donít
                  Harm myself with genetically modified
                  They donít want you to know
                  All the poison they grow
                  The corporate profits they show from those GMO OH
                  Those Frankenseeds that they sow
                  Theyíre gonna hurt us we know
                  Itís time we told Ďem to go, say GMO NO!
                  I donít want eat poison, I donít want gene mutations at my dinner reservations
                  itís a food abomination what they doiní to this fast food nation
                  They take artificial gene combinations
                  inject them in seed variations
                  so they can grow their Frankenfood imitations
                  while the side effects cause medical patients
                  Keep their profits alive while they
                  spraying all the food with name brand herbicides
                  and all the while theyíre spreadiní their lies
                  Monsanto destroyiní farmers lives
                  and the FDA keeps it all going
                  saying itís safe even though they all know itís just
                  poison stealing away your life, and thatís what you eat with genetically modified.
                  GMO safety huh thatís a corporate myth
                  if you donít believe me listen to Jeffery Smith
                  Heís the man with plan gonna do what he can
                  To help us all get those GMOs banned
                  But we need you to lend a hand
                  take a stand against this food scam
                  Itís a mission for the health condition worldwide
                  We donít wanna live genetically modified
                  Donít eat food unless you know whatís in it
                  Donít believe the propaganda cuz the press will spin it
                  Affects everybody, we all up in it
                  Stand up to Monsanto, tell Ďem oh no you didnít
                  Reject Frankenfoods in the store
                  demand honest labels so we can be informed
                  We have a natural right to know
                  What we buyiní Just say no to GMO
                  Before our farms start dyiní
                  Just say no to GMO
                  Those corporate crooks are lyiní
                  Just say no to GMO
                  This time weíre not complyiní
                  Just say no to GMO
                  Weíre just not buyiní it
                  Just say no to GMO
                  Song and Lyrics © 2010 by Michael Adams, All Rights Reserved      

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