March 2009

March 31st

The Oregon State University Extension Service and Portland State University are teaching six-graders at Lane Middle School in Portland how to grow food at a nearby garden. Taught by PSU graduate students, the children spend 1 ½ hours a week at the Learning Gardens Laboratory, which is across the street from their school. Topics include how to design a garden, grow and identify plants and make compost.

March 19th

The Oregon State University Extension Service will open a gardening hotline on March 30 in Multnomah County, the first time Extension has had one there since 2003. Master Gardeners will staff the hotline Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public can also ask them questions in person by stopping by their office in Portland at 2701 N.W. Vaughn St., Suite 450, during these same hours. The office is located at the headquarters of the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which is providing the equipment, phone line and office space as part of a new partnership.
More than 200 nurses, physicians, dietitians and other health-care practitioners have taken an online course offered by Oregon State University's Ecampus that advises how to conduct the conversations. Developed by the Oregon Childhood Hunger Initiative, the course also has been accessed by another 2,500 people since October 2008.