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Tillamook County Master Gardener Association
What is TCMGA?
Tillamook County Master Gardener Association (TCMGA) is a non-profit, educational organization that helps to promote the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Program and provides opportunities for additional educational training throughout the year.
TCMGA is a countywide organization based in Tillamook County. Membership is open to anyone completing the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener classes and residing in or about Tillamook County. The membership year begins January 1st and runs through December 31st.
Tillamook County Master Gardener Pruning Day
The Tillamook County Master Gardeners are dedicated to volunteer service in our community and “give” hundreds of hours per year to improve and support Tillamook County.
The Tillamook Count Master Gardeners are sponsoring a one-day Community Pruning Day on March 5, 2016. The goal is to provide pruning assistance to those in Tillamook County who are unable to do so themselves due to physical limitations. There will be no charge for the help which will allow Master Gardeners to use some of the skills they have learned through the Oregon State University Master Gardener’s program to benefit the Tillamook community. The pruning will be done by qualified Master Gardeners, assisted by some of this year’s apprentice Master Gardeners.
Pruning projects throughout Tillamook County will be considered, but limited to bushes, shrubs and small trees. Larger trees that would require the use of a ladder to prune will not be eligible for the program.
Applications for the pruning assistance program are available at the OSU Extension Office, 2204 Fourth Street, Tillamook or downloaded here. The applications must be turned in to the extension office by Feb. 19th. Submitted applications will be reviewed by a Master Gardener evaluation team which will include a drive-by to decide what work is actually needed and whether the project qualifies. Those submitting applications will be notified if their project is accepted and the approximate time of day to expect the pruning team.
For more information about the Master Gardener’s Community Pruning Day, please call 503-842-3433.
House of Grace - a TCMGA Community Project
Tillamook County Master Gardener, Daria, LaMasney, has pledged to help the local transitional home, House of Grace, with a new gardening program. Fellow Master Gardeners will be assisting Daria with this project. Right now the community’s help is needed to cultivate this garden!
House of Grace residents are women in transition recovering and moving forward from challenging pasts. Many of these women also have children with them. Peggy Walstad is the Director of this program and reached out to Daria to restore old raised beds that have been misplaced and long ago neglected. Through teaching residents about gardening they will learn to grow their own food and prepare local healthy nutritious meals for them and their families.
Currently, funding the garden for spring planting is on the agenda. The Nehalem Bay Garden Club granted House of Grace $300 in November 2015. An additional $400 has been applied for through SeedMoney, a program of the Maine-based nonprofit group, Kitchen Gardeners International. The mission is to help more people, especially disadvantaged populations, to be able to grow and access more of their own healthy food. One of the most effective ways for them to do this is by helping like-minded community groups working at the local level to secure the resources they need to start and sustain food garden projects.
This is a competition grant and we need to be one of the FIRST GRANTS to successfully raise the $400 needed. If you can contribute to the House of Grace project, please go to SeedMoney.org in the next week or two to support Daria and her team and ensure they can bring this garden to our community and help give these women skills they will need to take them into their futures. Contributions can be received from individuals as well as groups.
Questions? Please call Daria at 503-815-2703.
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