Celebrate Master Gardener Week, Day One

In a year when we were needed more than ever, Oregon’s Master Gardeners rose to the multiple challenges of 2020 in simply amazing ways. Oregon State University Master Gardener coordinators ~ as well as the Dean of Agriculture and Director of OSU’s Extension Service ~ got together to say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all of the Master Gardeners across the state.

Thank You, Oregon Master Gardener Volunteers!

This week, we hope that you can join us, to take a bit of time out of your day to reflect upon all of the good that you’ve brought to your community, via your volunteerism and support of gardeners across the state. Join us online for a mini-film festival, statewide address, and beneficial insect trivia, and connect with other Master Gardeners across the state during this weeklong celebration and recognition event.

Because of social distancing limits, we are using Thinkific.com to deliver this online event. When you register for the event, you will get access to all three films. There are also opportunities to register for facilitated conversations (Monday-Wednesday) with the films’ directors, as well as content experts in entomology, urban agriculture, and landscaping. You can also register for annual state of Oregon’s Master Gardener Program address (Thursday), or the beneficial insect trivia event (Friday).

We are really looking forward to the time that we can all gather together to learn, celebrate, and have fun in the Master Gardener program. In the meantime, we hope that you might enjoy this virtual celebration.

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9 Replies to “Celebrate Master Gardener Week, Day One”

  1. I viewed the video Love Bugs. I was really hoping to learn more about bugs in the garden not a autobiography of an elderly couple. Sorry, I was quickly bored.

    1. Hi Fran. When you register for the Celebrate NGs event, it takes you to a Thinkific course site. Once you are within the site, the URL for each movie can be accessed. If you are having problems getting into the site, email me . . . And I will do my best to trouble shoot.

  2. RE: “Land Grab.” This was a major disappointment, in that it is a deceptively-named view of the political ramifications of the attempted farm. Actually defining “blight” and then spending 45 minutes repeating the well-known effects of urban blight on a population are informative only for someone unusually ignorant of societal interactions and effects.
    Master Gardeners is a group interested in horticulture. That would have meant a film describing the mechanics of how the farm was achieved, the urban/ag interface, disposition of existing infrastructure, disposition of existing dwellings in use, the stunning logistics of removal and disposal of all the debris, the prep. of the farmland, and the long-term societal effects.
    There are plenty of existing films of value for horticultural knowledge, but this most emphatically is not one of them.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to view the film, and sharing your feedback.

      When we were building out the first ever accredited program in urban ag at OSU, we quickly realized that the production aspects of urban agriculture could not be separate from people, communities, neighborhoods. I thought this film was an interesting story about a complex issue related to urban ag, with no easy answers or roadmap to a happy ending.

  3. I’ve had time to watch all three videos and found something of value in each. But it was “The Love Bugs” which really tugged at my heart and which I will remember for a long time. It was interesting to listen to Allison and Marie talk about making the video. So sad to hear that Charles has passed, but very pleased to know that their extensive collection will be viewed, studied and valued for decades to come. Thank you for providing this collection for Master Gardener Week.

    1. Thank you for sharing this feedback, Linda. ‘The Love Bugs’ was the one that stuck with me the most, as well. And, Allison and Maria’s ‘behind the scenes’ stories of Charlie and Lois were really special to hear. They truly are filmmakers with huge hearts, who indeed told a story about ‘The Love of Nature, and The Nature of Love’.

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