Speaker Series

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 - 7 pm
TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

“Native Pollinators and How to Attract Them”

Pollinators are an indispensable part of a healthy environment and a secure food supply. One third of our food and beverages requires the presence of a pollinator. Despite their recognized importance, some pollinators are in decline. Join us as Mace Vaughan, of the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation Program presents options for attracting native pollinators, with an overview of common native pollinators in the Portland area.  The Xerces Society materials will be available for purchase as well as copies of some of Mace's publications.

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Mace vaughn - 2011

Mace Vaughan serves as the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program Co-Director and also as a partner biologist and Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Portland, Oregon. Mace has led Xerces’ Pollinator Conservation Program since 2003. During his tenure at the Xerces Society, the pollinator program has grown from a small pilot project on California farms to a national program, implementing pollinator and beneficial insect conservation projects across the U.S.  Assisting in overseeing a team of twenty-four pollinator conservation specialists and several consultants, Mace helps to manage the largest pollinator conservation team in the country.

Mace has written numerous articles on the conservation of beneficial insects, and is co-author of several books, including Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies and Farming with Native Beneficial Insects. He was a lecturer on honey bee biology and beekeeping at Cornell University, from which he holds Degrees in Entomology, Natural Resource Management, and Teaching.


Special July Speaker Series Coming Up…

“Hop Cultivation: Techniques for the Home Gardener”

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 - 7 pm

Location: TBA (check back for an update on the location)

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Shaun Townsend, an Oregon State University hop breeder, will describe techniques for producing both ornamental and brewing hops for the home gardener.  He will highlight site selection, trellising ideas, potential pest and pathogen problems, and the timing of harvest for home brewers.   He will also share information on his Aroma Hop Breeding Program at OSU, which is developing new hop cultivars that are adapted to Oregon growing conditions, with a focus on essential oil quantity and quality. Ultimately, new aroma hop cultivars that appeal to the craft beer industry will be available for Oregon hop growers.


A stellar harvest from the brassica beds - photo courtesy of John Jordan

A stellar harvest from the brassica beds - photo courtesy of John Jordan

It's lovely in the garden!

It’s lovely in the garden, come join us!  So much is happening…the brassica beds are yielding gorgeous cabbages, broccoli, and cauliflower. Other cool season crops like lettuce, radish, onions and spinach are winding down as we harvest our first summer squash! 

We have a dry farming trial underway of Early Girl tomatoes and North Georgia Candy Roaster winter squash, under the guidance of Matt Davis with OSU’s Dry Farming program.

Our volunteer days are Monday and Thursday, 9am to 12noon, and the third Saturday of each month(June 15, 9am to 12noon).

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It truly was Incredible!  Thank you!

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Our 2019 Incredible Edibles Plant Sale truly was incredible! Hundreds of happy gardeners went home with lush, organic, veggie, fruit and herb starts.  In addition, gardeners received reliable information on how to have a successful growing season from OSU Master Gardener volunteers.

A hearty thanks to our outstanding volunteers, customers, sponsors, grower, donors, vendors, guest chefs, presenters, musicians, Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Irvington neighborhood! 

Funds earned will sustain our mission to support the OSU Master Gardeners and our community outreach projects. Thanks to all for your generous support of the Multnomah County Master Gardeners! 

Until we see you in May 2020 when the Incredible returns…happy planting, growing, and eating!

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