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Barbara Low

We Need Your Help!

By Beet 2023 11 November

Ballots for the 2024 JCMGA Board have been sent out. Voting ends November 4th. You should have received your ballot via email from info@jacksoncountymga.org on Oct. 23.

Unfortunately, no one has volunteered to run for President-Elect or Assistant Treasurer on the Board of Directors. These are two important positions. As the President, you would be at the center of what makes this organization work and have the satisfaction of helping the dedicated Jackson County Master Gardeners pursue our mission. As Assistant Treasurer, you will support and aid the Treasurer and serve on the Budget Committee.

The President-Elect position is a three-year commitment.  After serving the first year as President-Elect, the next year this person becomes President.  The following year, he or she becomes Past-President and works with the incoming President-elect. There are specific duties for each year – as listed in the JCMGA Bylaws on the Member Portal of the JCMGA website. There is a binder to go along with each position.  As the 2024 President, I would work closely with the 2024 President-Elect. The position is not overwhelming, and we are always here to help in any way. This position could also be done by 2 people – co-President-Elects.

The Assistant Treasurer position is also listed in the JCMGA Bylaws. That person will learn from and help the JCMGA Treasurer. This position has a one-year term.

To continue to be a viable organization we need to fill these positions. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact me at barbaralow@msn.com.

Please seriously consider being a part of our JCMGA Board!

 

November in the Garden

By Beet 2023 11 November

I am continuing this series of articles and hope that you find them helpful and inspiring. In November, there is quite a bit to do in the garden depending on what you want to grow.  Time to make sure that we are ready for winter. By caring for our gardens, we are also caring for ourselves – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The Jackson County Master Gardener Association has a great resource for gardeners to use. It is the Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley – Year-Round & Month by Month.  This great reference book for gardeners is mainly about growing vegetables, berries, and melons.

November is the time to:

  • Time to provide protection for the watering system. Make sure to drain the lines and protect the faucets and valves from freezing.
  • Check drainage in case of heavy rains.
  • Tie trailing cane berries to wires. Prune fall-bearing raspberries.  Good time to apply manure to berries.
  • Still time to plant garlic and shallots – weather and soil conditions permitting.
  • Remember to keep a cold frame producing with lettuce and other greens.

 

 

Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley – Year-Round & Month by Month. This book contains a wealth of gardening information. You can purchase it at our local Grange Co-op or at the OSU Extension office for $21.00. It can also be purchased on-line at https://jacksoncountymga.org/shop/.  Note that a shipping fee will be applied.

 

 

Happy Gardening

Garden For Life

It is time to renew your Jackson County Master Gardener Membership for 2024!

By Beet 2023 11 November

 

 

Remember that to be included in the

2024 JCMGA Chapter Directory, you need to

renew your membership by

January 31, 2024.

It’s a great deal at just $25!

 

You may renew on the Member Portal of the website https://jacksoncountymga.org/membership-renewal/.  Specific renewal directions will be sent via MailChimp on November 6th.

 

Contact Barbara Low, temporary Membership Secretary, if you have any questions at barbaralow@msn.com.

November JCMGA Working Groups Summaries

By Beet 2023 11 November

Community Outreach Working Group

  • Worked on the Budget Request for 2024
  • Special Events:
    • The Builders Association welcomes JCMGA’s participation in their home shows in Josephine County in February and at Expo in May. There would be no charge for a booth, but they ask for our help in advertising the events. Ronnie Budge suggested the booth could be like the one JCMGA developed for Medford Open Streets in Hawthorne Park. When Colet Allen meets with the president of the Josephine Co. MGA, she will ask about their participation in the Jo. Co. home show in 2022, specifically if they presented “webinars” or other programming.
  • Friends of the Gardens:
    • Colet reported that Grace Florjancic needs to finish some administrative details before the new Friends program can begin. The COWG may assist the Member Services WG with other planning.
  • Speakers Bureau:
    • Colet is still working on training new speakers. Although the Jackson County Library wanted to have a winter series of gardening programs, no JCMGA members volunteered to present. However, there will be a spring gardening series. Topics: Butterflies; Beneficial Insects; Native Grasses.

Recent presenters were disappointed by the small attendance at both in-person and Zoom library programs. Colet will discuss this with library representative Spencer Ellis. It was recommended that if speakers have handouts to share (whether with in-person or Zoom audiences), they be distributed after the presentations and not before.

  • School Grants:
    • John Kobal is trying to reach every school in Jackson County to let them know about the grants and the application deadline of November 3. Once applications are received, committee members will visit the schools in person to learn more about their proposals before awards are made.

 

FUNDRAISING WORKING GROUP

chair is Sandy Hammond

The JCMGA first Fall Festival was a success.

 

Garden Enhancement Working Group

Chair, Janine Salvatti

We are continuing to work in the gardens and are now getting them ready for the cooler temperatures.

 

Marketing and Technology Working Group

chair is Marcia Harris

Marcia is stepping down as chair.  We are looking for someone to take her place.

 

Member Services Working Group

chair is Barbara Low

The MG Class of 2023 Graduation Celebration is on November 4 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the auditorium at the SOREC Extension.

We are sending out a survey to our current and past members to find out what they like about JCMGA and what they would like to have improved.  This will be a very short survey.

 

Program Support Working Group

Chair is Grace Florjancic

We are entering the busy season for the Program Support Working Group. Much is happening with planning for the 2024 year. We are scheduling speakers for the community education classes, scheduling locations for Seed to Supper classes, and finalizing details for the 2024 MG Training class. Reach out to Grace Florjancic grace.florjancic@oregonstate.edu if you are interested in joining the Program Support Working Group. There is much to do to get the community education classes rolling!

 

Winter Dreams Summer Gardens Working Group

chairs are Colet Allen, Susan Koenig, and Barbara Low

Registration is now open Winter Dreams Summer Gardens 2023 Symposium.  This virtual event will be October 27, 28, November 3, and 4.

The links for the recordings will be sent out the week of November 5th.

There will be a satisfaction survey sent out the week of November 5th and the data collected will be used to plan for next year’s Winter Dreams Summer Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Opportunity — JCMGA Friends of the Gardens

By Beet 2023 10 October

The Community Outreach Working Group and the Member Services Working Group are planning something new – a Friends of the Gardens Program. The JCMGA Board has approved the program to begin in April, 2024.

Friends of the Gardens participants will be non-MG volunteers who are interested in gardening but not interested in becoming a Master Gardener.  The details are still being worked out and we will provide updates in March. We anticipate that participants may want to work in a specific garden because of individual interests. They would also have the opportunity to move around to other gardens at a later date as long as the GEMs involved agree.

Friends of the Gardens participants would work on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with GEMs. Participants could start the first week of April and end the last week of November.

This is a great opportunity which will benefit the individuals involved as well as JCMGA. It is a great program to help support our community!

Make sure to let your friends know!!

Plant a Row Opportunity Update

By Beet 2023 10 October

  • We had a great first year!

  • 727 pounds of produce were collected!
  • A BIG thank you to everyone who contributed produce!
  • 55% of the produce collected was from our JCMGA Vegetable Demonstration Garden. The garden’s GEM is Seán Cawley.  Thank you to Seán and his team for their hard work in the Vegetable Garden!
  • All collected produce was donated to the Access Community Action Agency of Jackson County. Access distributed the produce to help feed others in our community.
  • A Big Thank You to Grace Florjancic for setting up the collection area at the Gathering Garden each Wednesday and for coordinating with Access to have the produce picked up from the SOREC Extension!
  • Plant a Row provided a great opportunity for us to help others who need a little extra help to feed their families.

October in the Garden

By Beet 2023 10 October

I am continuing this series of articles and hope that you find them helpful and inspiring. In October, there is quite a bit to do in the garden depending on what you want to grow.  Most of our produce has been harvested and we are getting our vegetable beds ready for winter. By caring for our gardens, we are also caring for ourselves – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The Jackson County Master Gardener Association has a great resource for gardeners to use. It is the Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley – Year-Round & Month by Month.  This great reference book for gardeners is mainly about growing vegetables, berries, and melons.

October is the time to:

  • Check temperature forecasts and cover frost-sensitive plants when needed.
  • Put mulch around perennials and over-wintering crops.
  • Later in the month, cut globe artichokes back to 6” and mulch.
  • Jerusalem artichokes have tubers which should be ready to dig as needed.
  • Cut perennial herbs back to about half their height before winter.
  • Horseradish should be ready to dig. Harvest all roots, if possible.
  • Prepare garden tools for winter storage.

 

  • Direct Seed
o   Fava Beans
  • Transplant
o   Garlic cloves o   Shallot bulbs

 

 

  • Control Pests and Diseases
    • Use copper sprays on cane berries – if leaf and cane spot fungus have been a problem.

 

 

Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley – Year-Round & Month by Month. This book contains a wealth of gardening information. You can purchase it at our local Grange Co-op or at the OSU Extension office for $21.00. It can also be purchased on-line at https://jacksoncountymga.org/shop/.  Note that a shipping fee will be applied.

 

 

Happy Gardening

Garden For Life

I Love This Tomato Because…

By Beet 2023 10 October

Do you have a favorite tomato variety that you grow every year? Or have you recently discovered a new favorite? We are looking for personal recommendations from local gardeners to include with our tomato ‘varietal information’ signage for the Spring Garden Fair 2024. I realize this may seem early, but right now those tomato qualities that you love are fresh in your mind, and fresh in your garden!

Your recommendation should have the specific tomato variety name and describe the qualities that you value the most (taste, appearance, vigor, size, etc.). You could also include how long you’ve grown it, how you use it (fresh, slicer, paste, salsa, etc.), and any other aspects that you think are important.

Please email your glowing recommendation of 100 words or less, in Word or Rich Text format, to Barbara Low at <barbaralow@msn.com> and include your name as you’d like it to be listed in our signage.

 

October JCMGA Working Groups Summaries

By Beet 2023 10 October

Community Outreach Working Group

Speakers Bureau:

Colet Allen, chair of the Speakers Bureau, is continuing to work enlarging the Speaker Bureau.

Friends of the Gardens:

The new program for non-MG volunteers to become “Friends of the Gardens” was approved at the last Board meeting. It is time now to consider how best to implement the program. COWG members want to continue to be involved along with the Member Services WG.

Community Gardens:

Mary Foster has scheduled a meeting of the Community Gardens Network for Thursday September 28, from 10:30 to noon, in the Talent branch library. This is an opportunity for rejuvenating JCMGA’s support for and participation in the network.

School Grants:

The deadline for applying for 2023 school grants is November 3. John Kobal has updated the application form on the JCMGA website and will be using various methods to let all the schools and teachers in Jackson County know about this opportunity. Sandy Hansen offered to promote it on our Facebook page.

 

FUNDRAISING WORKING GROUP

chair is Sandy Hammond

The 1st annual Fall Festival is set for October 14th at the extension. This will be a 1-day event. The hours are 9:00am to 2:00pm.

A fun day was had by all on September 15th making glass garden art. Some volunteers made their art project to keep and some made garden art to sell at the Fall Festival. There will be 6 outside vendors along with our wonderful Native Garden nursery. The event will be outside and in Greenhouse #2. We will even have Sanctuary One bringing their goats for petting and viewing. There will be holiday items such as wreaths and decorations along with garden art. Cookies and beverages will be provided for free. Thanks to Jane Moyer there will also be beautiful Christmas cacti for sale. Parking will be in the parking lot only so carpooling is a good idea.

 

Garden Enhancement Working Group

Chair, Janine Salvatti

We are continuing to work in the gardens and are now getting them ready for the cooler temperatures.

 

Marketing and Technology Working Group

chair is Marcia Harris

We didn’t meet in September.

 

Member Services Working Group

chair is Barbara Low

We are continuing to update the membership files.

We have made detailed plans for the MG Class of 2023 Graduation Celebration on November 4.

The Friends of the Gardens proposal was approved by the Board.  Community Outreach Working Group and Member Services Working Group will continue to work together to work out the details.

 

Program Support Working Group

Chair is Grace Florjancic

The Program Support Working Group is looking for Master Gardeners interested in becoming Plant Clinic Mentors. We are hoping to gain enough Mentors to staff weekend events to accommodate our Master Gardeners and our community members with questions who are busy during the week. Reach out to Grace Florjancic grace.florjancic@oregonstate.edu if you are interested in getting involved with the SOREC Plant Clinic!

 

Winter Dreams Summer Gardens Working Group

chairs are Colet Allen, Susan Koenig, and Barbara Low

Registration is now open Winter Dreams Summer Gardens 2023 Symposium.  This virtual event will be October 27, 28, November 3, and 4.