Registration Day March 4 12-4 in the garden

Registration day is still on Sunday March 4, however the time has been changed to 12-4.  Looking forward to seeing you in the garden!

We will have some forms available that day, but if you can please have your completed forms available to keep things moving.  Checks and cash will be accepted, exact change is welcomed.
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2018 Gardening Season Underway Soon

Greetings Gardeners,

The forms on the website have been updated for 2018. Please download and review both the registration form (sign and send) and the guidelines for gardeners.

We will have a day for registration in the garden on March 4 from 9-4.

Looking forward to seeing you out there.

The Forest Grove Community Garden team

Website updated for 2017 season

We are so excited for the 2017 growing season.  The weather will, hopefully, soon cooperate and we can begin our garden preparations.

The documents are available in English  and Spanish for download.  Please note that the 2017 guidelines have been updated.  Please review them thoroughly.

We have a new phone number this year so please disregard any previous documentation you have with old phone numbers.

Happy growing!

Fall Soil Health Workshop for School and Community Gardens – October 15

Tualatin SWCD has been working hard to protect the health of our soils in Washington County. Every year, we teach local farmers how improving soil health can help protect natural resources and improve their operations.

We are excited to share that education with school gardens and community gardens this year, and hope you will join us for a special, free workshop October 15! Register now at www.swcd.net/soil-health-workshop/
Soil is more than sand, silt and clay – it is a living ecosystem! Proper soil health care is natural insurance for school gardens against drought, pests and weeds. Soil health plays a key role in protecting our environment. Teaching soil health helps meet NGSS standards, gets kids outside, and prepares future conservationists!

Join us for a free half day workshop on October 15 to learn the basics of soil health, how to protect it in the school garden, and how to teach it in the classroom! Get hands on with activity demonstrations. Gain access to our NGSS aligned curriculum resources. Take home a copy of Building Better Soils.

In this workshop, we will:

– Learn what soil health is and explore how it works as an ecosystem
– Learn specific things to do in the garden to protect soil and care for its health, like cover cropping and reducing impact
– Get hands-on with demonstrations of how healthy soil looks and feels, as well as some great classroom activities
– Share strategies for managing volunteers in the garden and get some tips from the experts.
We will offer continuing education credit for teachers through PSU too. Please inquire for details.
We welcome multiple people from your group. Please feel free to forward this email to them or post the attached flier.

You can register one or more people at:
Or you can register by responding to this email with:

– The names of the people in your group
– The name of your school garden/farm
– An email address and phone number to contact you about this registration
– Any dietary restrictions for lunch
Space is limited – if we have more than 20 community gardeners or 20 school gardeners (teachers or volunteers), we will start a wait list.

You are invited to a Gathering of Gardeners June 18th

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9AM – Noon at the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center, 2037 Douglas St.  Please stop by anytime!

There will be a diverse collection of activities occurring all the time:

OSU Master Gardeners offering advice and answering questions about all things related to gardens.

* an on-going “rolling” video of clips related to food: home gardens, small/urban farming, positive ecological impacts of sustainable gardening, involving children & youth in nutrition & gardening, etc.

table topic discussions  such as dryland gardening/farming projects, soil enhancement, water usage, weed suppression  ideas, etc.

*tool sharpening

* give-away goodies for gardeners

raffle baskets from New Seasons

*worm-bin construction

The program is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

2016 Growing Season Updates

Letters and emails are going out in Spanish and English this week.  Please let us know your intentions for gardening this season as soon as possible.

Thanks!

fgvgarden@gmail.com

503-334-2811

Mail to – Mande a

 

P.O. Box 384

Forest Grove, OR 97116

The 2016 gardening season is just beginning as we start our preparations to work outdoors. We have the good fortune to have a few more interested gardeners than available plots this year. If you do not plan to garden or could more easily manage fewer plots than last year, please let us know.  It is our hope that everyone who wants to garden will have a chance to do so. We also will be keeping the same rate structure so there is no price increase at this time.

We are continuing our 2015 policies into 2016. Plots that are never worked, or appear to be abandoned because they are not weeded or harvested will be donated back to the community to be offered to another gardener.   This should help all of us minimize the amount of weeding that needs to be done and better utilize the garden space.

Our website fggardens.wordpress.com has the 2016 sign up sheet and waiver for download. If you prefer we can send out a copy via mail for you. We are trying to streamline the process of registration and improve our accounting. To assist in that effort we are asking everyone to make payment by April 30, 2016. If no payment is negotiated by May 15 the plot will be re-assigned. Should you need to discuss terms of payment please let us know and we will try to accommodate you. Non-payment will be treated the same as abandonment of the plot.

 

Beginning this year, we will require payments with personal check or money order. We will not accept payment in cash or without signed registration forms.

 

Estimados usuarios del Huerto Comunitario de Forest Grove:

La temporada de cultivo 2016 está iniciando y con ello nuestros preparativos para trabajar al aire libre. Este año tenemos la suerte de contar con más personas interesadas en cultivar que espacios disponibles en el huerto; así que, si usted ya no va a utilizar el lote o desea reducir la cantidad de lotes que hasta el momento tiene, por favor avísenos. Nuestra intención es que todos aquellos que quieran un espacio en el huerto lo puedan obtener. También le informamos que vamos a mantener el mismo precio por lote, no habrá aumento este año.

 

En 2015, ha habido varios lotes abandonados y se convirtieron en un problema para los usuarios adyacentes. En el 2016, los lotes que no se usen o que tienen mucha maleza, por abandono, el Comité Coordinador del huerto lo pondrá a disposición de otros usuarios; esto reducirá el trabajo de desyerbado y permitirá el mejor uso de los espacios.

 

El formulario de inscripción y el permiso especial para bajarlo los puede encontrar en nuestro sitio:fggardens.wordpress.com. Si prefiere le podemos enviar una copia del formulario por correo regular. Estamos tratando de reestructurar el proceso de inscripción y mejorar nuestra contabilidad, por lo que pedimos a todos que nos ayuden en ese esfuerzo haciendo su pago antes del 30 de abril. Si para el 15 de mayo no hemos recibido pago alguno, vamos a darle su espacio a otro usuario. Si usted necesita negociar la forma de pago, avísenos y haremos lo posible de acomodarnos a sus necesidades. Un lote que no haya sido pagado, será tratado como un lote abandonado
Empezando este año, se requiere pagar con cheque o giro postal. Ya no podemos aceptar efectivo o pago sin el formulario de inscripción incluido.

 

Water is on!

 

Hello Gardeners

The water is turned on. Currently it is not restricted but in the near future the pressure will be at drip or soaker hose levels. Thanks for your patience.

The compost delivery is scheduled for this coming Wednesday May 4. Friendly reminder that it is 4 wheel barrows full per plot.

Happy Gardening!

Grow IT! 2015

Hello gardeners,

This is the line up for the Grow It! 2015 series of gardening classes in the Rogers Room at the Forest Grove public library.  Please note that the first one is tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 25:

 

Wednesday, 2/25, 6:30-8 pm, Starting Seeds Indoors

Tuesday, 3/17, 6:30-8 pm, Improving Your Soil

Tuesday, 4/21, 6:30-8 pm, Container Gardening

Wednesday, 5/27, 6:30-8 pm, Growing Herbs

The classes are taught by Master Gardeners, are free of cost, and open to the public. We hope to see you there and please bring a friend!  There will be seeds to share.