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It’s Harvest Season!

Not only in the garden, but also as an OSU Master Gardener volunteer – it’s harvest season!  Time to gather and record your hours of volunteer service and submit your volunteer log sheet, prior to the October 1st deadline.

Metro-area Master Gardeners, you are stellar in your contributions educating and supporting the gardening public, and we want to share that fantastic fact!

The October 1st deadline allows the metro MG program office enough time to compile and share the great news of your tremendous contributions with the state Master Gardener program and OSU Extension Service.

Help us get those statistics to the state level by recording and submitting your hours this month!  We will share the grand totals at our Fall Recertification Training.

New MG Volunteer Reporting System

We are excited to have a new online volunteer reporting system (via Qualtrics) to ease the process of submitting your volunteer hours and signed 2018-2019 Conditions of Volunteer Service form.

To report using the online system – follow the links sent to you in an email from Marcia McIntyre on August 28th

The online system prompts you through several questions to record your volunteer hours, a space to upload your volunteer log sheet, plus the opportunity for you to rate your satisfaction with the Master Gardener program.  A separate link allows you to upload your signed, Conditions of Volunteer Service Form.

You still need to record your volunteer hours onto a Word or Excel form – but now you can upload those hours via the new online system.

NOTE:  You can refer to your CERVIS log to track your hours – but you also need to log all CERVIS hours on your volunteer log sheet.  Most “Program” hours are recorded in CERVIS.  “Partner” events and activities are not recorded in CERVIS.  Be sure to record all your volunteer hours and continuing education hours on your log sheet.

A special thank you to those who have already submitted your hours!  Great going early birds!

For those of you who are still seeking Recertification/continuing education or volunteer opportunities look for some great opportunities below.

How to Maintain Master Gardener Certification

Need a refresher on how to maintain your Master Gardener certification?  Here you can find the details.  Whether you are a 2018 trainee or a Veteran MG, to continue to serve as a “current” OSU Master Gardener you must submit an annual, signed Conditions of Volunteer Service form.  A 2019 certification sticker will be given to all MGs who meet the criteria and submit their signed forms.

Fun fall volunteer opportunities, sign-up on CERVIS!

MGs at Lents International Farmers Market
  • MG Clinic Table @ Hillsboro Ace Hardware Grand Opening! Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th.  Fun event with the opportunity to educate the eager gardening public. Sign-up on CERVIS.
  • Farmers Markets – opportunities to volunteer at a Farmers Market remain for Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsdale, Lake Oswego, Lents, and Tigard.  Grab an open slot on CERVIS

Guide home gardeners through the fall and winter season!

As the days shorten and the temperatures cool, a new host of gardening conundrums perplex the home gardener. You can assist and expand your own knowledge, collaborating with other MGs as you research and advise gardeners.  Sign-up on CERVIS or contact a phone coordinator.

Celebrating and Honoring Jordis

We bid a fond and grateful farewell to Jordis Yost – Read more here!

Save the Date!  Saturday, November 10th – FALL RECERTIFICATION!

Gail Langellotto

Gail Langellotto will be presenting ‘The Science of Ecological Gardening’ at the 2018 Fall Recertification

Our annual Master Gardener Fall Recertification Training is scheduled for Saturday, November 10th, 8:00am to 3:30pm, at Portland Community College – Rock Creek Campus.  This annual event is a daylong continuing education opportunity.  Earn 6 hours of continuing education/recertification credit by attending.

A great line-up of speakers is forming.  We are thrilled to announce that OSU’s Andony Melathopoulos, Gail Langellotto and Heather Stoven will be part of our line-up of guest presenters.

*Attendance and participation at the November 10th, Fall Recertification Training counts as 6 hours continuing education credit for the 2018-2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Season.  Record your attendance on your 2019 Volunteer Log.

2018 Master Gardener Trainees to Receive OSU MG Badges

Matt proudly displays his Veteran MG badge at the 2018 Recertification Training. Photo courtesy of Eddie Rosen

Our November 10th, Fall Recertification Training (see details above), also gives us the opportunity to congratulate the new class of Master Gardener interns as they step-up to Veteran status after completing their volunteer requirements.

We will present 2018 Interns with their OSU Extension Service Master Gardener badges and a big shout-out for successfully completing the program.  2018 Interns are cordially invited to attend the full day of training – which will count toward your continuing education/recertification hours for 2019.

Two of Our Own Honored

We know very well, the tremendous contributions metro-area Master Gardeners accomplish through their volunteer service.  Now the public knows a bit more after two of our very own metro-area Master Gardeners were honored.

Eve Freeman and Nancy  Muir received the Fox News 12 “Be the Change Award” for their dedicated work, growing vegetables for area food banks – along with their fellow MG volunteers, at the Clackamas County Master Gardener’s “Grow an Extra Row” garden.

Congratulations Eve and Nancy for your remarkable dedication and service!

Continuing Education Opportunities

Are you a Veteran MG who is seeking opportunities for continuing education (recertification) credits before September 30th?  Here are a few great options to further your education and help to fulfill the annual minimum requirement to maintain your OSU MG certification.

  • Advanced Training Webinars
    A great way to further your garden education – watching recordings of the OSU Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars.  The webinars focus on a garden pest or disease, with an OSU expert recommending Integrated Pest Management techniques for control.  Each webinar viewed earns 1 hour of continuing education credits.

2018 Advance Training Webinars

If you did not get a chance to watch the 2017 training webinars – you can also view those webinars for continuing education credit.

2017 Advance Training Webinars

        *List any Advanced Training Webinars that you view on your Volunteer Log Sheet. 

  • Metro-area Master Gardener Online Training Modules
    Another great way to earn continuing education credit is to view the 2018 metro-area Master Gardener training modules. Each module that you view and successfully pass the module’s quiz, counts for 2 hours continuing education.  Earlier in the year, you received an email with a link to access the online content, along with instructions.  If you no longer have that link and access, please email:

Two more great videos with garden tips and tricks.

Tree pruning ‘How-to’

August Garden Checklist Video

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