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Gary RondeauWelcome to SquashPractice, my attempt to chronicle experiences focused around gardening, beekeeping, and living lightly in a suburban setting in Eugene Oregon.   My wife, Ellen, and I live in the River Road neighborhood in Eugene a few blocks from the river bike path that takes us into town.   Both Ellen and I enjoy the bike paths, especially with Sammy our dog running along side our DateTrike.
Most of our one-acre lot is covered with large Douglas Fir trees, so getting enough sunlight is a challenge for gardening. A few years ago I tilled up the front lawn to provide enough space for a serious garden.
I keep two or three hives of bees – not so much because I like honey, but rather because the bees are fascinating creatures, and because “Gary’s Gold” is our trademark general purpose gift and barter product.
When I’m not playing in the garden, I’m probably at work as the design engineer at Applied Scientific Instrumentation. I do a lot of electronic design, mechanical and optical engineering, and invention. My formal training included a stint at Cornell University where I received a PhD for work on a large pulsed power ion beam generator.

I strive not to waste my readers’ time, so I don’t post unless I have something to say.  I hope you come by often and leave a comment or two!

Gary Rondeau
Eugene, Oregon

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul C. permalink
    December 5, 2010 5:32 pm

    Hi Gary,

    It was nice chatting with you this afternoon. Your amaranth experience is very interesting. I’ll have to give amaranth a try this next year. It is a very beautiful plant and pig weed sure grows great here.

    Looking forward to following your blog,


  2. Rachel G. permalink
    February 20, 2011 1:56 pm

    Hi Gary! It was good chatting to you while unlocking bikes at the Food Justice Conference : ) I look forward to reading your blog.

  3. irene squizzati permalink
    April 3, 2013 8:38 pm

    Hi Gary,
    I’d like to meet you to discuss what other community actions we could organize to spread knowledge about agrochemical threat on our food system. I know Slow Food internationally dedicates week of awareness about the daily poisoning effect of conventional agriculture. Have you tried to contact them? Any way, let’s get together to talk about this.

    p.s. You should add a blogger and link-in gadget to your blog.

  4. May 7, 2013 4:01 pm

    Gary, I m Joyce, Neil’s wife. I heard from daughter Lisa that you had a site, so I’m checking it out, and I signed up for mailings. If you want see what’s happening in our neck of the woods, you can check my blog at

    • May 7, 2013 7:26 pm

      Hi Joyce, Welcome. I checked out your blog. Very much from the heart, nice writing.

  5. June 26, 2014 3:06 am

    I am going to print an article about garden sprays being harmful to bees. Please may I have your permission to use the image of the sprays in a garden centre with the crosses on them. Thankyou
    Margaret Cowley

  6. August 12, 2014 3:50 pm

    Hi Gary,
    Good stuff happening on your blog. Thanks for all your compelling writing and helping people to not harm the earth.
    I work with Earth Focus (Link/KCET) and was hoping we could get permission to use your bottles of consumer neonicotinoid products in a show that is currently in production. It is about neonics and their effects on wildlife. Earth Focus is a non profit and we have produced a few shows on chemicals/pesticides. The Kegley piece is a short one:
    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you. Toni

    • August 12, 2014 9:16 pm

      Hi Toni,

      I liked the Kegley piece. She speaks well. Please use whatever you would like from my website. Acknowledgments are appreciated.

  7. August 13, 2014 3:12 am

    Thank you, Gary! We will credit you and your site. Thank you again, Toni

  8. November 6, 2014 1:53 pm

    Hi Gary,

    I saw your spreadsheet on Pareto. I could dowload it but it not it had problems doing so.
    The sheet1 field BU is not working

    Power Law (n = K /x^a) Prateo (α*X^α)/(x^(α+1))
    #NAAM? 30115156608954
    #NAAM? 2106400595618

    #NAAM? 147331907545
    #NAAM? 62573617226
    #NAAM? 31082955076

    can you help me.
    i’m using excell 2013

    because you are interested in economics please check out my latest article on Piketty

    I appreciate your comment.


    The Netherlands

  9. rob storms permalink
    April 30, 2016 11:31 pm

    Love the trike ! Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to share with us slugs !! Rob S Rochester NY


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