Unlocking the Secrets in Your Soil - an introduction to Soil Health*

Tuesday September 11th, 2018 at 7pm

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With Cory Owens, Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Soil Scientist and Soil Health Coordinator

Soil is a living and life-giving natural resource.  Protecting this valuable resource is of vital importance, and, as gardeners, we each can do our part. Join us, as Cory Owens with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), gives us a better understanding of the soil food web and practical approaches to implementing the principles of Soil Health.

Cory Owens is the NRCS’s State Soil Scientist and Soil Health Coordinator based out of Portland. She leads the technical soil services program across the state, including helping farmers, gardeners, ranchers, and foresters learn how healthy soil can help them.  Cory completed her undergraduate work in Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University and her graduate work at the University of California, Davis, earning a M.S. in Soil Science. Her favorite soil is Amity.

Free event.
All welcome.

*Presentation counts as 1-hour continuing education/recertification credit.

Coming up in November...

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Tuesday, November 13th, 7pm – TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont StreetFirst annual Garden Book Bash
Presenter: Tom Fischer, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Press
6:30pm Browse, purchase books for sale
7:00pm presentation, followed by more browsing and book sales

What’s a dedicated gardener to do as winter approaches and the gardening pace slows down?  Attend the Multnomah Chapter’s first annual Garden Book Bash to discover new books to expand your garden knowledge and garner inspiration to fuel your passion!

Be inspired as Tom Fischer, editor-in-chief of Timber Press, shares his keen, discerning reviews of recently published gardening books.  Browse through a selection of some of the best gardening books of the year.  Purchase the gems you find as gifts for yourself or for family and friends.  All books will be offered at a special Garden Book Bash discounted price!  Event open to the public. 

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Our Community Demonstration Garden Serving the Community
Our Community Demonstration Garden and newly developed Annex Garden have truly been serving the community this growing season.  As of this publication the gardens have produced over 2530 pounds of produce (558 pounds of that from the 5 beds in the Annex.)!  From so many bountiful harvests, over 2450 pounds of the total have been donated to Meals-on-Wheels and other food banks serving those experiencing food insecurity in our community! 

With lots of hard work going on all summer in both of our gardens, we are proud to announce that our Annex Garden recently received Silver Certification from the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.  We look forward to aiming for higher certification in the future and creating a supportive environment for wildlife.

There is always plenty to do and learn in both gardens, and we will soon be getting the beds ready for winter. If you would like to know more about winterizing your garden, join us for firsthand experience.  No need to sign-up.  Just drop-by anytime during our volunteer days.

Volunteer days are Mondays and Thursdays, 9a - Noon. The Community Demonstration Garden is located at 6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland.  For the Annex Garden - enter the pedestrian gate at SE 57th Ave., 1 block south of SE Duke St. on the east-side of 57th Avenue.  The Annex has the same work days and hours.

Email a “Sign me up” message to receive Demo Garden updates at DemoGardenNews@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!

Contact us at mcmgdemogarden@gmail.com

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Grapevine Editor—Lorna Schilling 503-334-5162, lornaschilling@yahoo.com