Tithonia in the October Garden
 Happy OSU Master Gardener New Year!  Yes, the Master Gardener program year runs from October 1st through September 30th of the following calendar year, so we are starting a new year full of fresh opportunities to educate and support our community in successful and sustainable gardening practices! With the start of a new year we reflect on the past year and send out a big shout of thanks to all of you for your dedicated service to the OSU MG Program!

Shelley displays her log sheet
Shelley submits her MG log sheet

Thanks for the Logs!
Many thanks to all of you who sent in your volunteer log sheets!  We have been marveling at your dedicated service and the good seeds and deeds you have been sowing throughout the three counties!  Thank you for sharing your passion for gardening and education!

There is still time to submit your Volunteer Log!  For those of you, who have not submitted your volunteer log sheets, please send in your hours by Friday, October 6th.  We need all logs by that date to allow time to order new Master Gardener badges for those finishing their MG training and have enough 2018 stickers for Veterans and trainees alike. Plus, we want to include your generous service contributions in the report sent to the state MG Program, which in turn is submitted to Oregon State University!   Help us to really make our metro-area MG Program shine.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered!
Remember every October a Conditions of Volunteer Service form needs to be signed, sealed and delivered in order to remain an active OSU Master Gardener.  You can mail your signed form via snail mail to 200 Warner-Milne Road, Oregon City, OR 97045 or email them to marcia.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu

Get all the details on how to Maintain your ‘active Master Gardener status (both Veterans and 2017 trainees) and the forms you need to keep ‘Current’ standing in the Volunteer Portal.

2018 MG Training –  Spread the Word!

Master Gardener Training Class
Master Gardener Training Class led by Jane Collier

Some of you have said you have found your tribe, have nurtured a long-time passion or have expanded your garden knowledge through the Master Gardener training.  Help spread the word about the MG training program and let your interested friends, family and colleagues know that registration for the 2018 Master Gardener training will open on November 1.

Please direct interested individuals to our Metro Master Gardener Website to sign-up to receive a notification when registration opens.

Once again, training classes will be held in Washington (Tuesdays), Clackamas (Thursdays), and Multnomah (Friday’s) counties.  Training will start the first full week in February (February 6, 8, and 9).  We have a terrific slate of presenters with a few new subjects added to the in-class training (Berries and Plant ID).  Instructors will also be incorporating some great interactive components into their presentations.  So be sure to catch a few of the classes.  Remember MG Training Classes count for Veteran Recertification credit.  3 hours credit for each AM or PM session attended.

Expand your Garden Education at the Fall MG Recertification Training

Sam Chan
Photo courtesy of Sam Chan

Our Fall MG Recertification Training is being held Saturday, October 28, 8:00am to 3:30pm, at Clackamas Community College (19600 South Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, OR 97045), in the Gregory Forum Building (click for PDF of map).

This annual event is a day-long continuing education opportunity.  Earn 6 hours of continuing education/recertification credit by attending.  Veteran MGs and new Veterans who trained in 2017 need 10 hours of recertification training annually to retain status as an ‘Active’ OSU Master Gardener.  Fall Recertification is a great way to earn 6 hours of credit for 2018.

We have a stellar line-up of speakers.  This year’s presenters all bring their wealth of experience from their work with OSU Extension Service.

  • Water to Sustain our Oregon Lifestyle with Sam Chan
  • A Vital Partnership: OSU MG Program and OMGA Chapters with Joy Jones
  • Integrated Pest Management for Vegetables with Weston Miller
  • Diagnostics and Answering Questions as a Master Gardener with Brooke Edwards Ph.D.

Fall MG Recertification is also when we take the time to congratulate and cheer-on the new 2017 Class of Master Gardeners who have successfully completed their training requirements.  Weston will present the new class to their fellow Veteran Master Gardeners between 11:25am and 12noon.

The event is free to all Master Gardeners both Veterans and those finishing their 2017 training year.

Bring a snack to share on the community table and your own sack lunch.

Weston Keeping the Public In-the-Know with Great Garden Tips for the Fall

Weston and Monica Maggio with timely fall garden tips:

Weston visits the set of AM Northwest with advice on planting garlic:

MGs at Jenkins Estate Open House
MGs at Jenkins Estate Open House. Photo: Sue Ryburn
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