February 2018

Multnomah Master Gardeners Speaker Series


Tuesday, February 13th , 7pm
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland

Food Forestry and Regenerative Gardening” “A Food Forest is a human-designed, edible forest ecosystem. Imagine wandering through a flourishing forest where almost every plant is edible...” say Melissa and Teague Cullen, the organic farmers behind the Winslow Food Forest, located here in Portland. Food Forestry is the practice of growing and maintaining intentionally designed ecosystems focusing on perennial food-producing plants and their companions.

Join us as Teague Cullen highlight some of the methods and practicalities of installing and working with these systems to fit the growers’ needs.  As certified permaculture designers, Melissa and Teague have designed, installed, and managed food forests throughout the Pacific Northwest. They operate a micro plant nursery, a small produce Harvest Share, and offer their edible landscape design services to Portland area residents.

Remember our Speaker Series is free, and everyone is welcome.

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Coming Up Next Month in our Speaker Series...
Tuesday, March 13 th , 7pm  

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland

Dry Farming in the Maritime Pacific Northwest”*
Up to a 50% reduction in summer water availability is predicted in Oregon within 50 years. It will be critical for the viability of farms in our region and the security of our food system to increase knowledge and awareness of methods of crop production that require little or no irrigation.

To initiate this project, a Dry Farming Demonstration was established in Corvallis, Oregon in 2015. This demonstration expanded to three OSU sites in 2016 and more than 10 farms in Western Oregon hosted dry farming trials via the Dry Farming Collaborative. Join us as Amy Garrett, OSU, shares how the OSU Extension Service is partnering with growers to increase knowledge and awareness of dry farming management practices, and hear about some of the results from their field trials.  Learn how these techniques can be applied in the home garden.

*This presentation counts for 1 hour continuing education/recertification credit.

Our Community Demonstration Garden

Work at the Community Demonstration Garden (DG) begins again on Monday, February 5 from 9am – noon. The garden is located at 6801 SE 60th Ave., across from Brentwood Park. We’ll work on Mondays only for the month of February and return to Mondays and Thursdays beginning March 1. There is lots to do these first few weeks, including seed starting, making seed tape, making newspaper pots, and amending soil (weather and soil conditions permitting). Work in the Annex will resume when things in the DG are off to a good start and it is dry enough to work on Annex paths and hardscape. So please come join us. No need to sign up, just drop in when you can. There’s lots to learn and fun to be had.

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

Renew Your Chapter Membership Today!  It’s easy!

There is still time left to renew your Multnomah County Chapter Membership. Renew today. Membership is a terrific value at only $20!

Your membership connects you with other committed, trained, valuable, and fun-to- be-around Master Gardener volunteers.

  • Be the first to know the featured speakers for our monthly Speakers Series.
  • Receive Chapter updates via our monthly eNews.
  • Pocket the annual directory with member contact information, along with a calendar of local events and Chapter activities.
  • Score exclusive invitations to tour the gardens of fellow members and other Chapter events.
  • Extend your gardening education in a casual, social setting at gatherings and Chapter activities.
  • Exercise your creative, administrative, or horticultural talents on Chapter projects.

Your membership assists the Chapter in fulfilling our mission of supporting the OSU Extension Service Metro Master Gardener Program and our Chapter’s community outreach programs, such as MG program clinics at community events, our pruning partnership with Oregon Food Bank, and our Community Demonstration Garden.

You have three ways to renew: ONLINE, via USPS, or IN-PERSON at our January or February Speaker Series.  For details on each of these methods follow this link.

Renew now and join-in for a great year as a Multnomah Co. Chapter member!

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