Delightfully Delicious: Strategies for Maximizing Flavor in Homegrown Food

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 7pm
TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Willi Galloway

Willi Galloway

Homegrown food tastes best, especially when you follow some simple strategies for maximizing the flavor of your garden’s fruit and vegetables. Willi Galloway, author of Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lovers’ Guide to Vegetable Gardening, will talk about the science behind flavor and share simple cultivation, harvest and storage techniques for improving the taste of your vegetables. Plus, she will offer tips on harvesting vegetables at different stages, discuss unusual edibles, and share her thoughts on the best tasting varieties for Portland vegetable gardens.

Willi Galloway is a Portland-based vegetable gardener and the author of Grow Cook Eat: A Food-Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening. Some of Willi’s first memories are digging with her mom in their backyard vegetable garden. She went on to earn a degree in English and work as the West Coast Editor of the now (sadly) defunct Organic Gardening magazine—one of the longest running garden magazines in the United States—and offer advice on Seattle’s popular NPR call-in show Greendays.

Willi’s favorite crop to grow is raspberries and she’s never met a butterhead lettuce she didn’t like.

monarch and milkweed

monarch and milkweed

Coming up next month:
Welcome Potluck for 2019 Master Gardener trainees
Tuesday, April 9th, 6pm • Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland

An evening to celebrate and welcome the new 2019 class of Master Gardeners.

  • Potluck dinner: 6pm

  • Presentation: 7pm

  • Keynote Speaker: Tom Landis, retired forester, founding member of the Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates

Topic: Milkweed and Monarchs: Using Native Plants to Create Monarch Stations

The monarch butterfly lays its eggs exclusively on the milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.), and the monarch larvae only feed on milkweed. With land development and shifting management practices, we have lost much of the milkweed from the landscape. Monarch “waystations” are being created - small areas of pollinator habitat that monarchs can visit for nectar, larval food, and egg-laying during their spring and summer breeding periods. Tom Landis, a retired forester and nursery specialist, will describe his efforts in the Rogue Valley over the past 5 years to create monarch waystations, sharing both successes and failures.

tending the seedlings at our community demonstration garden - photo courtesy of John Jordan

tending the seedlings at our community demonstration garden - photo courtesy of John Jordan

Our Community Demonstration Garden - The Gardening Season Begins!

March brings us back to working on both Monday and Thursday mornings in the Demo Garden.  We will be there from 9am to about noon and hope you will join us.  There are lots of different things to do, from installing trellises and hoop houses out in the gardens to sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings and making seed tapes in the greenhouse.  Gardeners choose something that interests them.  It will soon be time to sow the marigolds and Mexican sunflowers (tithonia) that we grow for our Incredible Edibles Plant Sale, so many hands will make light work.

Demonstration Garden: 6801 SE 60th Ave. between Duke & Flavel.

Starting on May 18th, the Demonstration Garden and Annex will be open the third Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 12 noon. 

On Saturday, April 6 there will be an Orientation and Hands-on Project Day at the Demo Garden and Annex. All MGs (Interns and Perennials) are welcome to attend.  (See invitation below.)

Please join us, there is always lots to do and learn! You receive Partner Hours for time spent volunteering at the garden.

You’re Invited!
Community Demonstration Garden Orientation and Hands-on Project Day!

Intern Master Gardeners and Perennial Master Gardeners,

You are invited to An Orientation and Hands-on Project Day at the Multnomah County Master Gardener’s Community Demonstration Garden and Annex…

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019

  • Please arrive by 10:00am for orientation and tours followed by hands-on projects in the gardens

  • Complimentary light lunch will be available at 12:00 noon

So that we can have an accurate count for lunch, please RSPV to by Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We hope you can join us!

The Multnomah County Community Demonstration Garden is located at 6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland, across from Brentwood Park.

Interested in keeping up with all the exciting happenings at the Demo Garden (garden planning, hands-on classes, seed starting, garden prep, etc.) and/or dropping-in to lend a hand come spring? Email a “Sign me up” message to receive Demo Garden updates at: We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Contact us:

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Get Ready...for the Incredible!
The Incredible Edibles Plant Sale

Saturday, May 11th, 10am to 3pm
1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland

Want to eat local? Then it’s time to make your dream kitchen garden a reality! Grow local with plants from the 8th annual, Multnomah County Master Gardeners’ Incredible Edibles Sale.

This is your opportunity to buy organic herb and veggie starts for your own garden so you can harvest nutritious, fresh-picked produce for your table!  Our grower will be delivering truckloads of premium veggie starts. Come early to get your favorites. You’ll find both heirlooms and hybrids among our proven varieties of tomatoes, cukes, peppers, eggplants, squash, greens, lettuces, herbs and more! Get all the Incredible details at:

Spread the word with your family and friends!  Beyond fresh veggie starts, we will have veggie gardening presentations in our Plant. Grow. Eat. tent, festive music, and delicious eats from favorite food vendors.  Be sure to save the date and join in our incredible community event!

Volunteer and get Early Bird Shopping Privileges!  To volunteer email:

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