OSU shares the joy of gardening

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Student Saneda Gross picks a carrot at the Learning Gardens during a lesson on where food comes from. (Photo by Tiffany Woods.)
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People learn to use native plants, conserve water and grow organic produce

Oregon State University Extension Service is reconnecting people with their food and landscapes. In Portland, it provides technical support to dozens of community gardens. It also operates the Learning Gardens Laboratory, where it runs a program that teaches students where their food comes from and how to eat healthily.

In Washington County, Extension-trained Master Gardeners advised community members how to landscape a road improvement project with native plants that could thrive in Portland's weather.

In Deschutes County, Extension teaches the public to design landscapes that conserve water in Oregon's high desert. One of its horticulturists also co-wrote a 36-page booklet on the subject. Eight mayors in central Oregon funded the publication of 30,000 copies.

And in Corvallis, OSU students and community members learn to grow produce at OSU's organic farm run by the university's Organic Growers Club. The club has 300 members and sells vegetables to 400 customers.

Sources: OSU crop and soil science instructor James Cassidy; OSU Extension horticulturist Amy Jo Detweiler; OSU Extension horticulturist Weston Miller.

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