Feb 13, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
We’ve all had disappointing harvests that took more effort than they were worth. Sometimes it’s just one or two plant families that cause frustration. (I’m looking at you, cucurbits.) In this two-part series, presenters Lisa Rayburn and Nicole Sanchez will go over the major pests and pitfalls for each vegetable family, discuss the challenges unique to warm/wet climates and cool/dry ones, and give you tips to help you improve your growing game. This month they focus on cool season veggies.
Presenters: Lisa Rayburn works with North Carolina State University as an Extension agent, providing technical support for commercial fruit and vegetable growers in southeastern North Carolina. She is currently conducting research on the potential of a long cane raspberry production system in that area and the development of a locally sourced pine bark substrate as an alternative to the industry standard coco coir. Lisa’s background also includes working as a consumer horticulture agent, training and managing Extension Master Gardener volunteers, teaching horticulture at the community college level, and managing production greenhouses and a plant tissue culture lab.
Nicole Sanchez began her horticulture career in the retail florist and garden center arena. After getting her master’s in horticulture and entomology at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), she worked for ten years in botanical gardens in Georgia—first at the large and established Callaway Gardens, then as the keystone employee of the Columbus Botanical Garden, a then-new garden with no employees and almost no budget. At North Carolina State University she served as a crop consultant for fruit and vegetable growers in eastern NC for five years. She’s been at Oregon State University’s Klamath Basin Research & Extension Center since 2016 as a professor of practice, working with both commercial and home horticulture programs as well as a variety of insect-related projects.
About Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series
The cost of food keeps climbing. One in five people faces hunger in Oregon. And the pandemic showed us the fragility of our supply system. Growing our own food—for us, for our families, for our neighbors—is an action gardeners can take to strengthen food security in our local communities. This year's Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up series is aimed at helping gardeners take a bite out of hunger. The closed-captioned webinars will be broadcast via Zoom and streamed via our Facebook page on the second Tuesday of the month, at noon, February through October 2024. This series is open to the public, and OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers receive 1 Continuing Education Credit for each class. You can take one, or take all. This webinar is being recorded and will be available to view on our website within two weeks of airdate.