March 2018

Multnomah Master Gardeners Speaker Series

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

Dry Farming in the Maritime Pacific Northwest”*Oregon is predicted to have up to a 50% reduction in summer water availability 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.

Amy is an Assistant Professor (Practice) for the OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program. Drought mitigation tools, and strategies for growing with little or no irrigation have become a focus in her work over the past several years. The Dry Farming Project she is leading has expanded since 2013, from case studies with dry farmers and dry farming demonstrations throughout Western Oregon to participatory research with growers throughout the maritime Pacific Northwest and beyond in the Dry Farming Collaborative. For more information visit: project.

*This presentation counts for 1 hour continuing education/recertification credit.
Our Speaker Series is free, and everyone is welcome! Bring a friend, bring a neighbor!


Coming Up Next Month…
Welcome Potluck for 2018 Master Gardener trainees
Tuesday, April 10th , 6pm • Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland

An evening to celebrate and welcome the new 2018 class of Master Gardeners.
        Potluck dinner: 6pm
        Presentation: 7pm
Keynote Speaker: Andony Melathopoulos, Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health Extension, Oregon State University, Department of Horticulture.

Topic: What is the Oregon Bee Project?

Did you know Oregon has 500 species of bees, including four species that are actively managed in ingenious ways for crop pollination? Come and learn who these bees are and some of the weird and wonderful features of their lives. (You will leave knowing five very cool bees that are frequent visitors in our gardens and backyards).

Our Community Demonstration Garden, 6801 SE 60th Avenue

The garden is awakening with lots of activity…we’re making seed tape, planting seeds, tending seedlings, adding the finishing touches on our hoop house, and focusing on the ongoing construction in our garden expansion to the “Annex”.

Our volunteer days are Monday and Thursday, 9am to 12noon. Come join us for a morning of fun and dig in to some great hands-on garden education.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, March 10th when fellow Master Gardener, Pete Jacobson, will be providing instruction in building raised beds at the Annex.  This event is open to the public as well.

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  We look forward to you joining in!

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Want to eat local? Then it’s time to make your dream kitchen garden a reality! Grow local with plants from the 7th annual, Multnomah County Master Gardeners’, Volunteer and get Early Bird Shopping Privileges!

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:

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

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