When will farmers in Oregon get a break?
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Herb Garden State Plaza, the first commercial garden in the state, is a symbol of Oregon’s success story in the industrial revolution.
A few years ago, it was one of the only green spaces left in the nation.
The garden, which opened in April, has grown to accommodate more than 6,000 plants, and is a haven for those who want to get their hands dirty.
A lot of Oregonians still go for a drive in the hills of Tillamook.
But it is becoming harder to find a space that is not full of plants.
The state legislature last year approved $3.5m for a new Garden State Park, which will be used for recreation and education.
But the money will be cut in half next year.
The legislature has already passed a budget for the next two years, and will soon have to address the issue of what to do about the growing number of plants at Garden State.
The first priority is to find places to put the garden, says Melissa Karp, the state parks commissioner.
She says she has been working with the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation to find space to grow the plants.
Karp says the garden is not going to have to be a big thing.
She thinks the state will find other places for the garden to grow, including parks, playgrounds and other recreational spaces.
She also thinks the legislature can come up with a new revenue stream for the state that would help fund the garden.
But Karp believes the problem is not just a lack of funding, but also a lack on land.
There is a lot of land that is just not being cultivated, she says.
It is a big challenge, but it is not insurmountable.
“We need to make sure we have a space where we can have the plants,” Karp said.
“And then we will see what happens.”
The Oregonian/OregonLive poll in June found that 72% of Oregon residents support growing more green spaces, while 18% opposed.
Many of the responses were in the “strongly” or “somewhat” direction.
Many also said they support “regional green space”.
“The problem is we’re getting smaller,” said Tom Ritter, a professor of political science at the University of Oregon.
“It’s just not growing as much.”
There are currently no plans for a second Garden State, and Karp is hopeful the legislature will pass a new budget next year to fill the gap.
“I hope we get another opportunity to see how we do it,” Karm says.
She adds that the Garden State is a sign of how far Oregon has come in the past 50 years.
“Oregon has really come a long way,” she says, “and we are so lucky to have such a beautiful landscape.”
Herb Garden State Plaza, the first commercial garden in the state, is a symbol of Oregon’s success story in the…