2019 Growing Season will be underway soon

So excited for another year of gardening. We plan to have another day of registration in the garden in early spring. This year’s documents will be on the site no later than this weekend. Send us an email at fgvgarden@gmail.com, leave a comment on the website or give us a call and leave a message (503) 847-8913 with questions. We will only return calls from messages left, not missed calls.

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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.

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.

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.

Seed Saving? Why you need to do it…

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With large biochemical companies like Syngenta & Seminis (both Monsanto owned) controlling the vast majority of the seed market for both commercial Farmers and the Home Gardener, we are losing the bio diversity of our seeds. We as avid home gardeners are limited to what we can buy “off the rack” at retail and need to diligently seek out alternatives to the narrow choice of seeds marketed. To be good stewards of what Nature has given us, we can help stop the loss of the precious natural genetics by saving heirloom & open-pollinated seeds.

Ever wonder how to grow and save your own seed? There are lots of people that want to save seeds of heirloom & open-pollinated varieties of vegetables & more. With a little bit of care, you can too!   This is a short list of info on how to do it and resources for more on seed saving.  You’ll find online links, titles of books found at the library and places to share seeds. If you are interested in finding out more about sustainable organic gardening, ways to combat food insecurity or other issues on growing food, education, agriculture, and solutions in your neighborhood, contact:
The Forest Grove Victory Garden – FGGardens.wordpress.com
DairyCreekCommunityFoodWeb.org
AdelanteMujeres .org

Download & Print or view online:

AGuideToSeedSaving-cover“A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship & Seed Sovereignty” (PDF)
http://www.seedambassadors.org/docs/seedzine4handout.pdf

“A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers” (PDF)
http://www.seedalliance.org/uploads/publications/Seed_Saving_Guide.pdf

Growing Tomatoes For Seed Saving – Dowling Community Garden (PDF)
http://www.dowlingcommunitygarden.org/pdf/savTomSeeds.pdf

“Organic Seed Production and Saving: The Wisdom of Plant Heritage” By Bryan Connolly
books.google.com/books?isbn=1603583548

“How to Save Seeds” Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook (PDF)  http://howtosaveseeds.com/index.php

Books about Seed Saving – found at the Library
Seed to Seed : seed saving and growing techniques for vegetable gardeners by Ashworth, Suzanne.
The manual of seed saving : harvesting, storing, and sowing techniques… by Heistinger, Andrea.
The complete guide to saving seeds : by Gough, Robert E. (Robert Edward)
The complete idiot’s guide to seed saving and starting by Richerson, Sheri Ann.
Heirloom vegetable gardening ; a master gardener’s guide to planting, seed saving… by Weaver, William Woys

How long do garden seeds last?
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/how-long-do-garden-seeds-last
Resources For Seeds
http://seedambassadors.org/
http://www.winonagrange271.org/gpage12.html
http://www.seedsavers.org/Education/Seed-Donation-Program/
http://seeddreams.blogspot.com/
http://www.seedsavers.org/

Share Seeds
http://www.nomoola.com/seeds/where.html

Helpful Hints
Download & Print:  Natural Yard & Garden – A Guide to Alternatives to Pesticides
http://www.clark.wa.gov/esa/documents/garden.PDF

Upcoming Events

Grow It! – March 15th, 2014 at the Forest Grove Library.
Free Gardening Classes Presented by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners, in partnership with Dairy Creek Community Food Web and the Forest Grove Community Gardens . Come to a FREE class to learn  how grow things. Come to network and help find ways we can support our local food systems, feed our hungry, help create a year round farmer’s market, support community kitchens, develop school gardens, farm to school programs and

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10:30 am – Noon Quick and Easy Plant Propagation
Saturday, March 15, 10:30 am – Noon Start Your Own Vegetable Garden (March class also offered in Spanish 2 – 3:30 pm)
Saturday, April 19 ,10:30 am – Noon Square Foot Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, May 17, 10:30 am – Noon Year-Round Vegetable Gardening (May close only held in the Community Auditorium 1915 Main Street, Forest Grove)

The SHARE SEEDS station will be there!