Taking Root #49

Taking Root
Oct. 5, 2016
Free Brownbag Garden Talks Happening Now

By Gini Bramlett
For the Calapooia Food Alliance

Oregon State University Extension offers a myriad of gardening and preserving classes, workshops and short hour-long informational talks in Linn County. Whether you are a beginner, a novice or an experienced gardener, there’s always something new and interesting to learn about flower and vegetable gardening and preserving. The best part is that most are free!

I always enjoy these informal classes, and attend whenever my time will allow. Even as a veteran gardener, I never fail to pick up something new or learn an easier way to do something in my garden.

This past spring, I attended OSUs six-week “Seed to Supper” classes in Brownsville for beginning gardeners. The classes offered all the basics to get you started. Co-sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank, the classes, which are taught by local Master Gardeners, included a free text book and seedlings. The classes were also a good sharing opportunity – seeds, plants and knowledge – with your fellow local gardeners.

This well-attended program will be repeated this coming March and taught by MG Don Lyon, president of the Calapooia Food Alliance and myself. Although the classes are geared for beginners, they are open to anyone who would like to learn good gardening practices. I’ll talk more about the classes and give registration information when the time grows near.

Coming up in October and November are OSUs Fall 2016 Gardening in the Pacific Northwest Brownbag Talk Series. Bring a lunch and meet other gardeners with similar interests. No reservations are needed and they’re all free.

Two locations on different dates are available to give you options. Classes are from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave., and on Thursdays at the Lebanon LBCC Center, 44 Industrial Way.

Oct. 5, Albany Fall Plants for Color and Birds
Nov. 3, Lebanon By Garland’s Nursery Staff

Oct. 12 Albany Safe Gardening Practices
Oct. 27 Lebanon By Master Gardener Janice Gregg

Oct. 26 Albany What You Should Know About Raised Beds
Nov. 10 Lebanon By Master Don Lauer

Oct. 19 Albany PNW Mushrooms and Other Fungi
Nov. 17 Lebanon By Mycologist, Steve Carpenter

Brownsville Thursday Market
The Brownsville Thursday Market is open from 3-6 pm. on the corner of Main and Park streets. The season will soon come to an end, so if it’s vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, summer and winter squash, green beans or sweet corn you want, now is the time to come and shop our local Thursday market.
The market also offers local honey, farm fresh eggs, locally-produced berry jams, fruit and hot pepper jellies, apple butter, homemade pastas, fresh salsa, locally-produced bath, bar and laundry soaps, as well as numerous freshly home baked items.
Come and see us this week and support your local growers!

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