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.
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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 childre
n 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.
Want to grow your green thumb? Want to become a better gardener, applying up to date scientific methods, reducing pesticides and weeds?
Learn from the experts and become a Master Gardener this winter. Weekly classes taught by Oregon State University faculty and local experts start January 7. Every Thursday, you will hear from a variety of experts on all aspects of gardening on the Oregon coast.
The 12-week course, offered by the Tillamook office of Oregon State University Extension Service, will cover soils, propagation, pruning, landscape and garden planning and design, suitable plants for coastal gardening and landscaping, pest and disease control, weed management, orchards, raised beds, and other topics of interest to local gardeners.
Students will experience a variety of hands on and interactive training, including greenhouse techniques at our learning garden, assisted by local Master Gardeners and OSU staff.
The program also requires 60 hours of community service work in the first year of training, including advising the public during Master Gardener office hours.
"By taking the Master Gardener classes, and in helping others, our Master Gardener apprentices develop their own expertise and abilities to better serve the community. This is a great way to help yourself and others enjoy their gardens using current scientific knowledge,” Joy Jones, local OSU Extension agent, says.
“The classes are very informative and professional,” one of last year’s students says. “The time flies, I had a lot of fun, and I am a much more informed and capable gardener now. My gardening skills really improved. This is the best bargain a gardener could find.”
Tuition is $120 and includes the comprehensive Sustainable Gardening book, as well as access to a wide range of printed and on-line resources, and experienced professional instructors. For those who do not have the time or desire to volunteer, they too may take the training and receive a certificate of horticulture. The fee for this option is $240.
Enroll now! Call the Extension Service office at 503-842-3433 or visit them at 2204 Fourth Street, Tillamook, for more information. Classes will be held at the main Tillamook Bay Community College campus. For additional information and class schedule, see http://extension.oregonstate.edu/tillamook/what-master-gardener-program