Incredible Edibles Plant Sale coming soon!

April 10th, 2014

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Embrace homegrown goodness at the third-annual Multnomah County Master Gardeners’ Incredible Edibles Plant Sale on Saturday May 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock St. Give healthy new meaning to “Picking up something for dinner” with organic veggie starts and herbs for your home garden. With starts from the Incredible Edible Plant Sale, you’ll soon be harvesting nutritious, fresh-picked goodness for your table!
The Incredible Edibles Sale offers a luscious array of local, organically-grown vegetable starts. You’ll find both heirlooms and hybrids among our proven varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuces, herbs and more. Varieties offered have been specially selected for their ability to thrive in our Pacific Northwest climate.

Bring your gardening conundrums and ‘Get the Real Dirt’ from OSU Extension-trained Master Gardener volunteers, who will be on site to answer your plant questions.

New to growing edibles? There will be lots of information and helpful Master Gardeners to get you started on successfully growing your own food.

‘Plant. Grow. Eat.’ workshops are scheduled throughout the day to inspire and provide education for new adventures in growing your own food.

Incredible Entertainment. Fun, lively, musical entertainment will add to this celebration of homegrown goodness. Local artist Jessica Soleil, of A Little Sun studio, will have her original illustrations that celebrate veggies and nature. Joe Wirtheim, creator of the Victory Gardens of Tomorrow poster and design project, will offer his thought-provoking posters for better food, better gardens and better cities.

Varieties galore: Mortgage Lifter, Goliath Bush, Aunt Ruby’s Green, Juane Flamme, Paul Robeson, Principle Borghese — and those are just some of the tomatoes! More than 170 varieties of veggies, fruits, herbs and flowers will be available. You’ll be able to fill your beds with these vigorous, organic vegetable starts that are proven producers for our region. Don’t forget to add some sweet-smelling alyssum to attract beneficial insects, and bright (and tasty) annuals like nasturtium and calendula. (See a complete list of varieties at http://www.metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/plantsale/)

Proceeds from the sale further the work of the Multnomah County Master Gardeners and its mission to support the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener program, educating the public about all aspects of successfully and sustainably growing and caring for plants.

For more information go to www.metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/ or email multmastergardeners@gmail.com, or call (503)445-4608
Free admission. Everyone welcome.



Bees on the Brink: honey bees their importance and current plight

April 6th, 2014

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Speaker: Ramesh Sagili, Oregon State University, Department of Horticulture
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 7pm

Ramesh Sagili with honeybees

Ramesh Sagili

We read it in the news…Bees on the Brink?! Threats to honey bee health are causing serious alarm and concern; from colony collapse disorder to the use of broad-spectrum neonicotinoids. Learn why we should be concerned, what the actual threats are, the latest research-based knowledge for pollinator protection and how we as home gardeners can help the honey bee population.

Ramesh Sagili is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. His primary research focus at OSU is honey bee health, nutrition and pollination. His appointment also includes extension, and, hence, he works closely with the state stake holders i.e. both beekeepers and producers. His goal is to establish a vibrant and dynamic honey bee research and extension program at OSU that will cater to the needs of beekeepers and producers in the state.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 7pm
Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland
Cost: Free.
Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association.



Early Spring Edibles Sale

March 27th, 2014

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Spring has sprung! It’s the perfect time to stock up on early spring veggie starts at the Multnomah Co. Master Gardeners’ Early Spring Edibles Plant Sale, Saturday, March 29th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Sellwood SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue. Buy veggie starts for your home garden and harvest nutritious, fresh-picked goodness for your table!
We have hundreds of flats of organic veggie starts ready for you to plant. Dozens of varieties proven to thrive here in our area. Local, organically-grown, spring vegetable starts: Asian greens, chard, collards, lettuce, kale, peas, turnips, and more! Both heirlooms and hybrids! All veggies are perfect for planting in April. Come early for the best selection of these stellar, organic veggie starts.
  • Plant a small container of sweet lettuces to harvest from your porch!
  • Tuck vitamin rich kale and chard among your ornamental border!
  • Plant a couple six-packs of peas to crawl up your balcony trellis!
  • Dig up your lawn and start that kitchen garden you have always wanted!

Free beginning gardening workshops at 10:30am and 12:30pm.

 

  • 10:30am What’s Eating My Veggies? Garden Pests and How to Deal with Them! PLUS: Tools for the Beginning Gardener
  • 12:30pm Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
Master Gardeners on site to answer all your gardening questions. 
Please join us!



Plotting the Edible Gardening Year

March 27th, 2014

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Speaker: Lorene Edwards Forkner, garden designer, NW author

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 7pm

Photo courtesy of John Jordan

Photo courtesy of John Jordan

There is nothing more regionally specific than vegetable gardening. Cool season crops (like cabbages, carrots, and kale) yield generously, while demanding little from us aside from the care of the soil. But if you want your harvest also to include tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, and peppers, it pays to approach the growing season with a definite plan and a few simple tricks to maximize summer heat. Join us as Lorene Edwards Forkner, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest shows us essentials to produce delicious, healthy food throughout the year.

Lorene is an award-winning garden designer who lives, gardens, and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Other books she has authored are Handmade Garden Projectsand Growing Your Own Vegetables, Canning and Preserving Your Own Harvest. Her writ-ing has appeared in Organic Gardening, Northwest Garden News and Edible Seattle. At home in West Seattle, Lorene tends her city garden abundantly filled with favorite plants, a small but productive vegetable garden, and plenty of room for relaxation. You can follow her adventures at PlantedAtHome.com

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free.

Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association.



Want Fruit? Get Mason Bees!

February 6th, 2014

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Speaker: Sherain A. Wright, amatuer naturalist and NW author

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 7pm

Mason Bee_female

Photo courtesy of Sherian A. Wright

In the beginning…it was all about honeybees. Their precious honey has always been given high recognition. The honeybee is not native to our country but was brought to North America. With serious issues regarding the honeybee’s decline, the mason bee is gaining in popularity, as another bee that serves as an early spring pollinator.

Mason House

Photo courtesy of Sherian A. Wright

Mason bees are found all over the world, but the northwest has its own native – Osmia lignaria.  Join author, Sherian A. Wright; and learn how easy it is to set up a permanent habitat for this often-overlooked native bee. Know how to tell if an apple is fully pollinated. View movie clips of a male mason bee emerging from his cocoon, a mating frenzy, and the female using her butt to dig mud to make mud balls for her cell walls. Find out why she is known as a super pollinator. With minimal setup, you can become proactive in the preservation of this very important second-source pollinator.

Sherian Wright, is the author of “Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener”. Her past experience as a mechanical design engineer influenced her approach to studying and documenting mason bees for the past 10 years. Autographed copies of her book (published by Inkwater Press of Portland) will be available for sale after the lecture.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free.

Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association.



Making the Most of Small Space

January 7th, 2014

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Speaker: Jolly Butler, Multnomah County Master Gardener

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 7pm

DSCN0629Photo credit: Jolly Butler

Small spaces are big opportunities for creating lively, colorful gardens. With our guest speaker, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener, Jolly Butler, as our guide, explore special design considerations, questions of scale, soil needs and the many plant options for small gardens. 

 DSCN2138Photo credit: Tom Baretto

Jolly Butler became familiar to gardeners throughout the Portland area through her “Gardening 101″ column in Garden Showcase magazine; and many gardeners learned their gardening basics in her classes at Portland Community College. She has hosted a two-hour, call-in radio show called “Gardening with Jolly Butler” on KPAM in Portland. We are proud to call her one of our own, as she is an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener and fellow Multnomah Chapter member. Jolly is on the Board of Directors of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, and strives to teach new gardeners that everyone has at least one green thumb.

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2013

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free.

Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association.

 

 



Tree health: Facts, Fiction and a Few Lies

November 1st, 2013

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Speaker: Alan Kanaskie, forest pathologist, certified arborist, Oregon Department of Forestry

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 7pm

Trees are a vital part of our urban and suburban communities. Whether hardwood or conifer, native or non-native, they provide beauty, shade, wildlife habitat, and diversity to our backyards, streets and neighborhoods. They also are susceptible to insects, diseases and abiotic stressors that decrease tree vitality, damage leaves or branches, or kill whole trees. Sometimes a tree’s problem may be YOU. Forest pathologist, Alan Kanaskie’s presentation will review some of the most important tree pests, explore a few myths about tree care, and scare you about invasive insects and pathogens, so you’ll help keep an eye out for potential invaders.

Photo of old tree

 Alan is a graduate of the Duke University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, but that was a very long time ago. He has been a forest pathologist for more than thirty years, working for the USDA-Forest Service, Weyerhaeuser Company, and the Oregon Department of Forestry. Although he loves all kinds of tree pests, sudden oak death has been his main interest for the past 10 years. (Yes, you should be worried about this one).

Photo of Alan Kanaskie

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Time: 7pm Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free.

Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association. 

Photo credit: Alan Kanaskie



Attracting Native Pollinators

September 15th, 2013

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With Mace Vaughn, Director, Xerces Society’s Pollinator Program and Joint Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the NRCS West National Technology Support Center.     

 

Tuesday, October 8, 7pm 

Pollinators are an indispensable part of a healthy environment and a secure food supply. One in three mouthfuls of food and beverages requires the presence of a pollinator. Despite their recognized importance, some pollinators are in decline. Learn how you can help attract and support native pollinator populations in your own backyard.

 
In his capacity as the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Program Director and Joint Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the NRCS West National Technology Support Center, Mace Vaughan provides technical support to the NRCS, conservation organizations, and landowners. He also supervises a national team of specialists who conduct outreach and research on habitat restoration for crop-pollinating native bees, and collaborates extensively with scientists studying the role and habitat needs of these insects. He has written numerous articles on the conservation of bees, butterflies, aquatic invertebrates, and insects. Most recently, he co-authored Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Conserving North American Bees and Butterflies and Their Habitat.

 

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free.

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association.



Harvest to the Table

August 20th, 2013

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With John and Caprial Pence

Tuesday, September 10th

7pm presentation

 

After carefully tending and toiling in your veggie plot all season you are now finally reaping rewards with an abundant harvest. Now you need inspiration to bring your harvest to the table. Join award-winning chefs and television hosts Caprial and John Pence, as they offer ideas and recipes for turning summer’s bounty into dazzling dishes including a cooking lecture and demonstration using produce from the Community Demonstration Garden, with tastings and recipes to take home!

Caprial and John Pence share a passion for food that has been demonstrated over the years in their Portland restaurants, several Learning Channel and Public Television cooking series, and in numerous cookbooks. Experiences combined, they have worked in every size and style restaurant imaginable. They host classes and “Supper Club” meals and offer catering services at their SE Portland base, The Kitchen.

Photo credit: www.caprialand johnskitchen.com

Photo credit: www.caprialand johnskitchen.com

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Presentated by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association



The Joy of Preserving the Harvest

June 15th, 2013

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Multnomah County Master Gardeners Summer Series ‘In the Garden’.  In July and August we take our Speaker Series into the garden! 

The July and Auguest presentations will take place at our Community Demonstration Garden located at the Learning Gardens Laboratory, 6801 SE 60th Ave. Portland.

 

Tuesday, July 9th

“The Joy of Preserving the Harvest, Part I: Pickling without Canning, Linda Zeidrich, author

7:00pm 

     Making your own pickles can be a quick, easy, and delicious way to preserve many of your garden vegetables—not just cucumbers, but also beans, peas, radishes, turnips, carrots, cauliflower, peppers, eggplants, zucchini, and more. And pickling these vegetables need never involve toiling over a hot stove or working with quantities inappropriate for a small household or urban home garden. Learn about the difference between fresh and fermented pickles, how to make refrigerator pickles (with vinegar), how to brine vegetables and store brined pickles, and how to make freezer pickles, miso pickles, and even nuka (rice bran) pickles. You’ll see brining containers, taste pickles of different types, and take home recipes. Copies of ‘ The Joy of Pickling’ will be available for purchase and signing.

Tuesday, August 13

“The Joy of Preserving the Harvest, Part II: The Many Ways to Preserve Tomatoes”, Linda Zeidrich, author

     The next best thing to a garden-fresh tomato is a home-preserved tomato. There are so many good ways to preserve your garden tomatoes that you need never be tempted to buy industrial tomatoes.  Learn about choosing different tomato varieties for different purposes; boiling-water versus pressure canning (don’t worry—you don’t need a pressure canner!); acidifying canned tomatoes, and whether it’s necessary; how to peel and seed tomatoes and how to avoid doing so; how to make sauces, ketchups, salsas, chutneys, and clear or thick and flavored juice from your tomatoes; how to pickle tomatoes; and how to dry tomatoes and make good use of the dried product. Processing equipment will be displayed.

 Linda Ziedrich trained as a Master Gardener in the mid-eighties near Boston, Massachusetts, where she served as volunteer director of a community garden program while also working as a freelance book editor specializing in cookbooks. She started writing her own first cookbook and planning the second—a comprehensive, multicultural guide to pickling–while living in Ben Lomond, California, where she kept a big backyard garden. In the 1990s, after moving with her family to a small farm near Scio, Oregon, she took the Master Food Preserver training while finishing up the first edition of The Joy of Pickling and starting on The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves. The Joy of Jams and the second edition of The Joy of Pickling were published simultaneously in 2009. Since then, Linda has continued to experiment with the produce from her orchard and large garden and to study preserving traditions and other food matters from the long view of the gardener-cook. She shares her research, stories, and recipes on her blog at agardenerstable.com.