‘Summer Series – In the Garden’

Our Speaker Series goes out in the garden for July and August. Join us at the Multnomah County Master Gardeners Community Demonstration Garden, 6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland. We will meet in the lovely surrounds of the Demonstration Garden (if inclement weather surprises us the presentation will take place in the greenhouse).

Impacting Food Insecurity Through Community Partnership

Tuesday July 10th, 2018 at 7pm


Heidi Davis, Community Teaching Kitchen, Providence Milwaukie Hospital and Devin Dinihanian, Statewide Seed to Supper Coordinator for the Oregon Food Bank.

Food security requires that all people at all times have the ability to access enough safe, nutritious food for an active, healthy life, and that they can do so in personally and socially acceptable ways. Learn how Providence Milwaukie’s Community Teaching Kitchen and Oregon Food Bank’s Seed to Supper program have teamed up to create healthier communities together. We will demonstrate how much can be accomplished by creative partnerships, an engaged medical community and garden education program, and passionate volunteers to address a community need.

Heidi Davis is a native Oregonian, mother of two young girls and has worked in the social service industry for over 15 years. As a graduate student in the school of social work at PSU in 2014, Heidi began her career at Providence as an intern in the Community Health Division, where she worked on implementing a screen-and-intervene program to identify patients struggling with food insecurity. Heidi now serves as the Patient Navigator of Providence Milwaukie’s Community Teaching Kitchen and thrives on promoting health through personal relationships as well as building a sustainable community around access to healthy, nutritious food.

Devin Dinihanian has been coordinating the Statewide Seed to Supper Program for Oregon Food Bank since March 2017. He has over a decade of experience in social service, youth advocacy and garden- based education with English and Spanish speaking populations. He spent several years working on organic farms of various sizes in Oregon, New York, Vermont, and Oaxaca, Mexico, and enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds in garden and farm settings.

Coming up in August...

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August 14, 7pm
‘Summer Series – In the Garden’ at the Demonstration Garden (6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland).
“Making Gardening Fun for Children” Paul Sanford, Natural Gardening Education Specialist, Metro

Do you have little ones in your life that you would like to introduce to gardening? Paul Sanford will suggest ideas for designing kid friendly sections of your garden, ways that you can foster their curiosity for plants and garden critters, and methods for making gardening fun.

Paul Sanford has been an educator for Metro since 2004 and is also a lifelong local gardener. He has designed and led natural gardening education programs for families at numerous outreach events and at Metro’s demonstration gardens at Blue Lake Park and the Oregon Zoo. Metro’s natural gardening programs teach people of all ages safe and healthy methods of gardening that avoid the use of toxic gardening products.


It's lovely in the garden! Come learn with us!

Work in our Community Demonstration Garden and the new Annex continues at a rapid pace.  Summer crops are beginning to produce, summer squashes, beets, onions and the like.  We’ve had a couple of very interesting dilemmas on which to focus our attention.  When several of our new tomato and pepper transplants wilted and died, we sent pictures and descriptions of the plants and the foul-smelling, maggot-infested soil surrounding them to Jay Pscheidt at OSU, who referred our problem to Cynthia Ocamb, Ph.D. who specializes in vegetables.  She replied with the following:  ‘High levels of green manure by itself can be problematic for seeds and seedlings and can definitely bring on unwanted fungal disease activity, including by less pathogenic microbes, including bacteria.  I typically recommend waiting 3 weeks between incorporating a cover crop and subsequently planting.  Since the immediately surrounding soil was so odiferous, I suspect that a combination of high levels of green manure and soil moisture helped to create a bacterial cesspool that affected the plants.’  In the future, we will be careful to wait several weeks after turning in a cover crop before planting new seedlings.

In the continuing saga of symphylans at the garden, we checked the soil in the affected beds and did not find any symphylan activity.  As a result, we pulled up a section of the Monida oats in each of the beds and have sowed spinach seed, since spinach is a favorite of symphylans.  We’ll keep an eye on them and see if they do well or if the symphylans return to much on the spinach roots.  Stay tuned for more information.

This year we have already harvested over 459 pounds of produce of which 435+ pounds has been donated to food banks.  That’s just a bit ahead of last year at this time. 

We are continually learning and discovering in the garden.  Come learn with us!  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.  Would you like to volunteer on a Sauturday?  Let us know.  Contact us at mcmgdemogarden@gmail.com

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

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