Dual County Mega Edition May 2023

Note from Brooke: The eNews published by OSU staff will be paused for the month of May. The county Associations will still send updates and can help share timely information with the membership. Once the dust settles, OSU will resume a regular volunteer update email. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this staffing issue. Questions? Please reach out brooke.edmunds@oregonstate.edu 541-791-6617

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Gail Langellotto, OSU Extension Master Gardener Statewide Coordinator, collects pollinators in a campus flower garden using an insect aspirator.
  • Shoutouts
    • Dam Proud DayToday is the day to act.
      • Oregon Master Gardener Program is excited to be raising support specifically for our Seed to Supper program and updating our foundational resource, the “Sustainable Gardening Handbook” to reflect current knowledge.
      • Donations can be as low as $5. A symbolic gift of $50 recognizes the 50 years that the Master Gardener Program has been serving communities across the United States!
      • All together, all on one day. Every donation helps us get closer to our goal, and unlocking the FIVE challenge grant gifts that we have set up.
      • Please join us by making a gift to the Statewide Master Gardener Program fund for Dam Proud Day.
    • Save the Date! 6/17 Through the Garden Gate Garden Tour – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Albany. Tickets on sale in May 2023. Volunteer opportunities coming soon!

  • Volunteer opportunities [T] = includes opportunities that trainees can join now!
    • [T] Plant clinics galore! Check out a selection of locations and dates across counties, HERE. (View each tab to see all opportunities.)
      • Featured: 4/29 Seed Giveaway at Albany Farmers Market 8:30am-
    • [T] Wednesdays and Fridays – Linn County Master Gardener Association Demo Garden Workdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm. See a map to the garden HERE. Drop-in. Report service as Educational Garden Maintenence: Indirect.
    • [T] Flex schedule. LCMGA Website Volunteers. Experience with Shopify or similar platforms is helpful, no coding skills are required. If you are interested in helping design, develop, and maintain the Linn Master Gardeners Association website email goergenb@gmail.com or call 541 990 5624. Report service as: Master Gardener Association: Support
    • [T] Flex schedule. – Community science – Contribute data to research on gardens, plants, and wildlife. Explore and sign up. Many projects are remote and on your own schedule. Report the time as Citizen Science: Indirect
    • Various dates – Peaceful Valley Seed in North Albany is seeking volunteer presenters for various topics including composting, spring perennials, sustainable landscaping, summer garden maintenance, summer pruning and more. Certified volunteers who are interested may contact the organizer directly: Kimberly Montgomery 541.981.2248 kimberly@groworganic.com Report service as Instructor: Direct.

  • Continuing Education [G] = hands-on opportunities that Trainees can use for Garden Lab credit.
    • [G] 5/2 Know Your Weeds Community Workshop6-7:30pm, Corvallis Community Center – Free! You may have some of our most noxious local weeds in your own backyard! These invasive species can spread quickly and negatively impact agriculture, forests, and waterways. Learn about some of our “Most Wanted” local weeds, how to spot them, and how to remove them in your own backyard. This workshop is presented in partnership with OSU Master Gardeners and the Benton Cooperative Weed Management Area. RSVP. Please bring a bagged sample of one or more weeds shown HERE.
    • 5/4 Public Seed Library Talks – Thinning, weeding, and succession planting – 6:00pm – 7:00 pm, Corvallis Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis.
    • 5/10 Public Seed Library Talks – “Weather Wise” Gardening – 6:00pm – 7:00 pm, Corvallis Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis
    • [G] 5/12 Growing Together LCMGA classes in the Demo Garden – Care & Maintenance for your Garden 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • 5/15 Insect Sex: BCMGA Membership Meeting 6:30 pm featuring Gail Langellotto. 4077 SW Research Way Corvallis (Sunset Room).
    • 6/9 Forest Foe: How You Can Help Slow the Emerald Ash Borer Invasion – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT Online. RSVP.
    • 6/13 The Bees’ Needs: Make Your Backyard a Sweet Spot – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT Online. RSVP.
    • 6/14 Public Seed Library Talks – Vegetable garden organic pest management – 6:00pm – 7:00 pm, Corvallis Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis
    • [G] 6/19 Growing Together LCMGA classes in the Demo Garden – Fall Planting, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Albany
    • [G] 6/24 Composting FREE Workshop – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lupe’s Garden @Philomath Community Services, 360 S 9th St, Philomath
    • 6/24 Garden Q & A Organic Garden Garlic, Onions, & Shallots – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street Lebanon
    • [G] 7/13 Field Day at Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture10:00 am-
      3:00 (Drop by anytime.) See garden research in action! 843 SW 35th St, Corvallis
    • 7/22 Garden Q&A Deter Pests Organically – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street Lebanon
    • [G] 7/29 Fall & Winter Gardening – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Calvin Presbyterian Church Community Garden. Between Dixon & 13th across from Garfield Park (Corvallis).
    • [G] 8/14 Growing Together LCMGA classes in the Demo Garden – Harvesting & Storing, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Albany
    • Anytime: Growing Oregon Gardeners – Level Up 2022: watch recordings HERE
    • Anytime: Recordings of Zoom Master Gardener training from Curry County with your favorite guest lecturers from OSU and beyond, are available. See the current list HERE.
    • Anytime: The Oregon Master Gardener Program Online is available for returning volunteers, free of charge. Refresh your knowledge of basic training topics. Look for a link to apply in the email version of this post.

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