Please Submit Volunteer Hours
Please take a few minutes to answer the survey at this link. To show your continued interest in the OSU Master Gardener Program, we ask that you please submit the survey whether or not you have completed any service or continuing education hours in the past year.
In addition to this survey, we will be sending, via email, the annual Conditions of Volunteer Service document. To make the process quick and easy, the form will be sent via DocuSign. Look for an email from OSU Extension office specialist Catalina Santamaria, which will be sent on Monday, October 18th.
Please complete the survey and submit your 2021-2022 Conditions of Volunteer Service form by Sunday, October 31st.
Gather: Film Screening and Discussion
A film screening and discussion about Native American Food Sovereignty
Wednesday, November 10, 7PM
The film “Gather” is an intimate portrait of the growing movement among Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. Watch the trailer for Gather
Following the film screening, stay for a panel discussing Native American resilience, plants, and the renaissance of Native food systems.
About this online event:
This screening of the film Gather is hosted by The Culture of Gardening, an initiative of the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Taskforce of the OSU Master Gardener™ program.
The film has closed captioning available in Spanish and in English.
Tickets are free but require registration: https://kinema.com/events/gather-l-iq6j
New OSU Extension Service Director
Dr. Ivory Miles recently started as the Vice Provost, Division of Extension and Engagement and Director, OSU Extension Service.
He provides strategic leadership and oversight of the university’s Extension efforts including the Master Gardener program.
Local stakeholder and staff have already welcomed and met with Dr. Lyles. He understands the value the Master Gardener program brings to the communities of the metro area.
We look forward to working with him to increase our capacity to serve the community through sustainable gardening educational services.
Master Gardeners Receive OSU Extension Director Coin Awards
Dr. Lyles visited with stakeholders and staff at the OSU Portland Center and Clackamas Extension office in mid-October. Along with Regional Director Angela Sandino, Dr. Lyles recognized Master Gardeners Corinne Thomas-Kersting and Dennis Brown with Director’s Coin awards. This award is a new way for OSU Extension to recognize extraordinary contributions of staff, volunteers, and community partners.
Congratulations to Corinne and Dennis!
The Master Gardener program greatly appreciates their important contribution to OSU Extension’s outreach mission.
- Corinne has been an Extension volunteer for 25+ years.
- She started with 4-H with her own kids and led 4-H groups until recently. She took the Master Gardener program in 2014.
- Corinne’s 32 year career at Portland Public Schools focused on serving students with disabilities. She is a speech pathologist by training.
- She’s carried that same spirit of inclusivity into her work as a Master Gardener volunteer. She spends her volunteer time working with school groups or those serving school groups to educate folks about self-reliance, community service, and research-based horticulture.
- Corinne has also served on the board of the Multnomah County Master Gardener Association for 5 years guiding the chapter to improve the non-profit’s transparency and inclusivity.
- Corinne’s passion in her own garden is growing, sharing, and donating produce.
- Dennis originally took the Master Gardener training in 2010 in the Bay Area in California and then again in 2017 here in Oregon.
- His environmental consulting career and academic training (BS, MS, and PhD) in horticulture and plant science provide a great foundation to serve as a Master Gardener volunteer.
- Dennis volunteer service is part of an important partnership with the June Key Delta Community Center, VOZ Worker Rights Education Center, and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Dennis and an EMSWCD staff member prepare curriculum and make presentations in English and Spanish focused on horticulture job skills training. Students maintain a native plant landscape and grow food crops. The produce is provided to students and donated to the community.
- With COVID, Dennis has stepped in as a presenter for horticulture webinars and has made educational videos.
- Dennis’ passion in his own garden is focused on food production and improving soil and water conservation.
Level-Up Series Webinar
Healthy Soils for Healthy People
November 9, 2021
Presented by Gail Langellotto, PhD and the Garden Ecology Lab
Research has suggested that healthy soils can benefit human health, via transfer of beneficial microbes from the soil to the skin. What are the characteristics of healthy soils, and do these characteristics align with the soils tended by Oregon gardeners? This talk will provide an overview of what is known as the ‘hygiene hypothesis’, and how this relates to healthy garden soils. We will present data gathered from the soils of Oregon gardeners, as well as share initial results on a study looking at how garden soils might (or might not) influence the skin microbiome of Oregon gardeners.