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Compost Demo on Oct. 3, 2015

Gardening Events - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 6:09am
Saturday, October 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For beginning to experienced composters, these hands-on workshops will cover the basics of how composting works, which materials to use, and the different methods and types of compost bins available. Workshops are led by knowledgeable backyard composting information specialists. Pre-registration is not required.

NWREC Vegetable Variety Field Day

Gardening Events - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 6:10am
Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

At this field day extension agents and seed companies will lead field walks of vegetable variety trials, including tomatoes, basil, parsley, leeks, fennel, shiso, spigarello and low heat peppers.

 Pleae RSVP to heidi.noordijk@oregonstate.edu

Pop-up Dinner

Gardening Events - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 6:12am
Friday, July 24, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Food Innovation Center invites you to join us for the first ever Pop-Up dinner. Come celebrate Oregon’s summer bounty and enjoy a delicious meal developed by the chefs in our world class kitchen.

Imagine yourself eating a multi-course meal with 100 of your fellow food lovers on the plaza outside of the Food Innovation Center.  Experience sustainable agriculture fresh from the field!

Mix and mingle with people who know and love food and give us feedback on what you think by participating in the Pop-Up Dinner data collection. Leave with a full stomach and some new ideas to use at home.

Providing a majority of the vegetables you’ll find at our Pop-Up are local farmers Marieta and Brandon Easley of Slice of Heaven Farm in Sandy, Oregon.  Providing fresh, responsibly farmed vegetables to their community has always been their goal as well as using sustainable practices that respect nature, reigniting our interconnectedness with nature, and setting good lifestyle examples for our next generation.

The meal features some of Oregon’s finest Specialty Crops in addition to other amazing foods for you to feast on. Don’t hesitate because seats are limited and you’ll want to be the first to signup.                                                                        Sign-up @ Eventbrite link by July 22

Advanced Vegetable Gardening

Gardening Events - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:10am
Saturday, June 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Are you ready to take your vegetable gardening to the next level?  Learn important concepts and skills to help you maximize production in your plot including the following:
  • Practice garden bed preparation and planting.
  • Explore effective methods for pest and weed management.
  • Practice tool usage for safety and efficiency.
  • Discover the importance of crop planning and how timing your plantings throughout the seasons can help ensure healthy harvests year around.
  • Understand the nutrient needs of various crops for plant health and production.
  • Learn how to utilize cover crops in the summer and fall.
  • Observe various season extension techniques for maximizing the growing season.


Gardening Made Easy-Adaptive Gardening

Gardening Events - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:10am
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

What We'll Cover:

  • Learn strategies and techniques so you may continue to garden without injury.
  • Gain insight on ways to keep gardening safely and maintaining a lifelong passion and a healthy activity.
  • Examples of adaptive tools will be demonstrated                            

Free! Lectures are open to the public — no registration required 

    Instructors: Jerry Anderson & Mary Felix, Bridgett Shaw, Jeannine Rychlik, & Lynn Wagner

Summer Fruit Tree Care

Gardening Events - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:10am
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Fruit Tree Care - Summer
Thinking of growing your own fruit trees at home? Already growing fruit trees you want to make sure are well cared for? This workshop will cover the most important things to do to support your fruit trees during the summer season here in the Willamette Valley.  You will learn the following skills:
  • Pune fruit trees for greatest health, beauty, and productivity
  • Employ proper thinning technique for a quality crop
  • Properly mulch and remove competing plants from around fruit trees


Pacific Northwest Native Reflections on Lewis & Clark Discoveries

Gardening Events - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:10am
Thursday, June 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

What We'll Cover:

  • Most acclimated to our region
  • Provide habitat
  • Disease resistance
  • Cleanse our water
  • Hold valuable cultural significance
  • Features of native garden                                      

Free! Lectures are open to the public — no registration required 

    Instructor: Mary French

Growing Edibles in Your Home Landscape-Getting Started

Gardening Events - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:10am
Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

What We'll Cover:

  • Demonstrate ways to incorporate edibles into the landscape at the WCMGA Learning Garden
  • Provide an overview of the process to plan to add edibles to the landscape
  • Provide tips for garden design, plant selection, plant placement
  • Share how to incorporate research based sustainable gardening practices
  • Provide references for additional resources                                  

Free! Lectures are open to the public — no registration required 

    Instructor: Sue Ryburn