Gardening Events

Wendell Berry Film Screening and Community Seed Exchange

16 hours 31 min ago
Friday, February 23, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join the Spring Creek Project and the OSU Center for the Humanities for a screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry on Friday, February 23, at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. We’re pairing the film with a community seed exchange for anyone who would like to participate. The seed swap will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the film will start at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite.

About the film: Look & See is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eyes of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry. You can view the trailer here. 

This award-winning documentary was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky, where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960s. His lifelong relationship with the land and community form the core of his prolific writings. Henry County, like many rural communities, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, agrarian principles of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies, and rootedness-to-place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion, and debt. Watching this struggle unfold, Berry has become one of the most passionate and eloquent voices speaking in defense of agrarian life. Film runtime is approximately 90 minutes. 

About the seed exchange: As part of this event, we’ll be hosting a community seed exchange that participants can take part in as they mingle before the film. Sharing and planting seeds connects us to each other and to the land, and each variety has a story to tell—some heirloom varieties are rich with lore and have been passed down for generations. Here’s how the seed swap will work: 

  • Bring any open-pollinated seeds you’d like to share, whether home-saved or purchased seeds (make sure they’re relatively fresh, as many seed types are only viable for a couple of years).
  • For each variety, also bring a notecard stating the variety name and any descriptive notes about the variety.
  • If you have a limited quantity and would like to specify an amount participants can take, make note of that as well (e.g., “Please take up to 10 seeds per person”).
  • We’ll have large tables set up for the swap. When you arrive, set out your seeds and accompanying notecards on a table, so that each is clearly labeled. You may wish to bring a small scoop or spoon to help divvy up seeds.
  • We invite you to bring along small jars, envelopes, or baggies for seeds you'll be taking home. We'll also have blank seed envelopes available.
  • Even if you don’t have any seeds to bring to the swap, we invite you to participate. Oftentimes, some people at a seed swap will have bulk quantities to share. Chat with your community members and grab a few seeds here are there if there are plenty available.


Note: If you'd like to attend the seed swap but not the film, a ticket will not be required. Please simply join us at 6:00 p.m. outside of the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center.

“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.”  —Wendell Berry

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

16 hours 31 min ago
Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Insights into Gardening

16 hours 31 min ago
Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, new to the area or an Oregon native, you will find plenty of practical, research-based ideas to make your gardening easier, more enjoyable, and more successful. 

For more information and to register please visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 6:11am
Thursday, January 4, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Master Gardener Online

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 6:11am
Monday, January 22, 2018 12:00 PM

The Oregon State University Master Gardener™ Program is an Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service program that educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants.

This program also facilitates the training of a highly educated corp of volunteers. These volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs.

Option 1: An Alternate Route to Becoming a Certified Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer (open to Oregon residents only) Would you like to become a Master Gardener Volunteer? FIRST, contact your local Extension Office to find out what live training they offer - this is the best route to becoming a Master Gardener.If the timing of the live training doesn't work for you, this Instructor-led Online Training is an excellent alternative. 

Option 2: Certificate of Home Horticulture The same training Master Gardeners receive in Option 1, for those who want the training but do not want to become a Master Gardener Volunteer.

 

You can learn more at  - https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/master-gardener-online   

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 6:08am
Thursday, December 7, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:08am
Monday, December 4, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Farmer Workshop

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance is partnering up with OSU Extension's Clare Sullivan to put on an amazing workshop at Seed to Table Farm in Sisters next Tuesday Nov 14th from 3-5 PM. This is a great opportunity to learn how OSU Extension can benefit your farm through programs and research. 
We will have discussions on soil fertility and best management practices of season extendersand invite all of you to share knowledge of getting the most out of season extenders. We'll also tour several different styles of high tunnels and have information on how to get funding for them (that's the big question isn't it?)! 
Tom Bennett from NRCS will be there to answer any questions about the High Tunnel Initiative, which is a fabulous grant opportunity that could help you get a High Tunnel on your farm. We will also discuss another funding opportunity through HDFFA. 
We're happy to announce that we've made this exciting professional development opportunity FREE and open to everyone (so invite your farmer friends and farm crew/interns). We'll also be providing light refreshments. PLEASE RSVP by calling (542) 390-3572 or emailing shaili@hdffa.org  

Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning Workshops with OSU Linn County Extension

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn how to harvest, clean and store your Mason Bee cocoons. Bring your mason bee boxes, tubes and cocoons. Didn't get any Mason Bees this year? Feel free to come anyways and you can help process cocoons from some of the "super sites". These classes are taught by pollinator extraordinaires within our Linn County Master Gardener group.

Sign-up here

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Monday, November 6, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Willamette Valley Agriculture Expo

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Largest Agriculture Expo in the Pacifici NW!  Over 175 exhibitors featuring over 140,000 square feet of exhibits.  Classes and CORE training, goods and services for the agriculture industry 3 Big Days, 4 BIG Buildings FULL of displays.

Free Admission for Agriculture students (pre arrangements requirement)

Willamette Valley Agriculture Expo

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Largest Agriculture Expo in the Pacifici NW!  Over 175 exhibitors featuring over 140,000 square feet of exhibits.  Classes and CORE training, goods and services for the agriculture industry 3 Big Days, 4 BIG Buildings FULL of displays.

Free Admission for Agriculture students (pre arrangements requirement)

Willamette Valley Agriculture Expo

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:10am
Thursday, November 16, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Largest Agriculture Expo in the Pacifici NW!  Over 175 exhibitors featuring over 140,000 square feet of exhibits.  Classes and CORE training, goods and services for the agriculture industry 3 Big Days, 4 BIG Buildings FULL of displays.

Free Admission for Agriculture students (pre arrangements requirement)