We’re trying something new(ish) on the O&E blog. We are introducing University Outreach and Engagement faculty and staff. So … please say hello to Michelle Sager, Master Gardener education program assistant for Wasco County in the Mid-Columbia Region.

 

Michelle Sager
Michelle Sager, Oregon State Extension Master Gardener education program assistant

How long have you worked in Extension? Two years

What’s the best part of the work you’re doing? Engaging with people in the community.

What work accomplishment are you most proud of? I think it’s the volunteers that accomplish the most around here!

What’s your favorite way to waste time? Drawing, singing and juggling come in at a tie.

Michelle Sager's canine companion, Miss Pepita Pickle.
Michelle Sager’s canine companion Miss Pepita Pickle: The Lady Sargent Pepperbean Waddleplop Silk Cheek of Pipsqeakery. Pickles for short. Pickles was born in Guatemala.

Do you have any pets? How long have you and your pet(s) known each other? Yes! I met my dog Pickle when I lived in Guatemala three years ago when she was a tiny, scruffy, baby street dog. There was no way I was leaving without her. Her full name, though, is Miss Pepita Pickle: The Lady Sargent Pepperbean Waddleplop Silk Cheek of Pipsqeakery.

What do you do to get rid of stress? I love to hike and be in the woods. I am also an avid yoga and meditation practitioner, and I think that’s really the most important piece. Singing and dancing also help!

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? The assumption that there is one, best way to see and understand the world.

What three words best describe you? Silly is the only one that come to mind! I try to be joyful, perhaps.

What’s the most useful thing you own? I’ve got some hand-made garden tools I’m pretty in love with.

Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? I think Cerro Fitz Roy in Patagonia. But it’s pretty beautiful right here where we live in the Columbia Gorge!

Do you engage in social media? If yes, what’s your favorite social media platform (for work and/or play)? Do farmers’ markets count? 😉

Know any good jokes? Why do potatoes make such good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled!

What book genres to you like to read? I love reading books that help bring light to under-represented perspectives, especially things like Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

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