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Reclaiming the Demo Gardens

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Reclaiming the Demo Gardens

by Marcie Katz

After a three month hiatus due to the COVID-19 stay at home order, the GEM’s slowly returned. It was a sight for sore eyes for sure; we had visions of how we left them, all neat and tidy, pathways clear of weeds and grass, spring bulbs

, hellebores and wind flowers all in bloom.  We knew things would be overgrown, but Mother Nature detests empty spaces, and so she populated our gardens with WEEDS! Lot’s of WEEDS! Six and seven foot tall WEEDS! Every weed known to the PNW found a new home!

They especially liked the rose, daylily and dahlia gardens where the soil is like fine wine, pure and 

painstakingly developed over the years with organic amendments. You could barely see the flowers for the weeds. The Waterwise Garden completely lost its pathways, the Children’s Garden grew thistles, and blackberries and foxtails abounded in every path, nook and cranny.  It was overwhelming. 

So,  you just have to start somewhere, pick an area and go to work. Not all the GEMS came the first week, and the students weren’t invited back as yet. Slowly they returned, and then students and other Master Gardener helpers came, and by the end of each consecutive week order was returning.

In four short weeks (three days a week, three hours a day, all the time we are allotted), the gardens are lookin

g beautiful again and we completely filled a new compost berm and the burn trailer with our rejects! Granted, we missed some very pretty plants that bloomed while we were away, including the corpse plant in the Wanda Hauser Garden. (Pretty to look at, horrible to smell!) 

It was a very good lesson about garden density and use of mulches. Some gardens didn’t have many weeds at all! The Birds, Bee, Butterfly Garden0 had nary a weed because it’s packed to the brim with happy, fragrant, plant

s of all sizes. Doug and Char’s Perennial Garden lost a few plants (critters?) but had few weeds, and those they had were easy to mitigate because Doug brought in some superior, heavy wood chips that did their job!  Marsha and her helpers had a huge area to tackle and now the daylilies are thanking them with their beautiful blooms. The Rose Garden was overwhelming for Eileen and her crew – full of blooms with roses falling over. The prickly lettuce was taller than most of us, 

After many, many wheelbarrow loads, you can smell the roses and see them again. Monette has done an amazing job cleaning out the Waterwis

e Garden, where there are now pathways to walk on. Lynn K. had a huge job, transplanting hundreds of baby native plants into bigger pots and moving all the plants that no longer had irrigation in the back area. Helpers new to some gardens did their best, not sure what plants a

re in the garden, but taking a risk of pulling things that looked like weeds. The GEMS and workers came for the entry, herb, succulent, native, wildflower and rain gardens and have been busy as bees. The Garden Enhancement Committee worked every Thursday to

 clear the pathways, our first project being to weed our Entry Sign Garden we had just planted before the shutdown. Joe even has a new helper to clean up the orchard in areas where the tractor can’t fit. 

Literally hundreds of hours already have been logged. 

It is sad to see that the Children’s Garden and the Kitchen Garden empty. We

 will clean them up and make ready for next year, hopefully we will be back to “normal” or a “new normal” by then. We had plans, we had goals, and we had lives that are much different now. So, taking a 

 

cue from our beautiful gardens, as the song goes, “we will survive!”

 

Behind-the-Scenes Master Gardener of the Year: Dee Copley

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By Lynn Kuntsman

Master Gardener 2012

Dee has been a Master Gardener for six years.  Her contributions during that time have been most impressive.

For the last four years, Dee has organized and coordinated Seed to Supper classes.   Dee’s program coordinator, Emily Mann,  reports that the class would not happen without Dee’s help and dedication: spending hours each week from November-May recruiting MGs to teach the program; helping train volunteers; sending emails; connecting participants; and marketing classes. With between 6 to 8 six-week courses offered each year, it has been no simple task. Dee  reliably and consistently donated her time to coordinate classes, bringing hands-on gardening education to roughly 85 members of the Jackson County community.

With the 2020 classes postponed, Dee continues to keep the spirit of Seed to Supper alive–participating in community conference calls, continued  communication with past and current participants, and working on a succession plan for when she finally retires from her volunteer position.

       JCMGA Greenhouse 2 would not be a reality without Dee’s expertise and hard work.   As a realtor,  she was uniquely qualified to navigate the complicated Jackson County permit process. Due to zoning restrictions, procuring the required documents was especially challenging. Dee worked with various county offices clarifying regulations, ensuring requirements were met, and working with JCMGA members to carry out specifications – always with good humor, clarity, and endless patience.

Congratulations, Dee, and thank you from all of us for your dedication and hard work.

 

Barbara Davidson named OSU Master Gardener of the Year

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By Lynn Kuntsman

Master Gardener 2012

Our very own Barbara Davidson has been honored by being named OSU Master Gardener for 2020. We are so happy that Barbara has received this award after her many years of dedication to local and state Master Gardeners.

Support of MG program educational mission

Barbara Davidson retired in 2000 after 30 years as a high school English teacher. She became a certified Master Gardener in 2004, and has been an active and valued volunteer and leader for JCMGA since then. Each spring, she attends the weekly Master Gardener class to guide, support, and mentor new students learning the art and science of gardening in the Rogue Valley. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Jackson County Master Gardener Association and its Community Outreach Working Group, Barbara chairs the committees that award grants to local school gardens and community gardens along with annual scholarship awards to local students pursuing horticulture as a career. She has organized the JCMGA donation for the Mini-College silent auction, raises funds at the used book booth at JCMGA’s Spring Garden Fair, and cheerfully joins the annual picnic and graduation decoration committees.

Beyond her work to promote education locally, Barbara is the JCMGA representative to the Oregon Master Gardener Association Board of Directors and has held that position since 2014. In that capacity, Barbara has served as co-chair for OMGA Mini-College. She was in charge of arranging speakers and did such an exemplary job, she was told to stop recruiting because she had signed up so many. She also worked for many years to improve and expand the Master Gardeners Handbook, used in MG training classes statewide. 

Leadership within the association 

Elected president of the Jackson County Master Gardener Association in 2008, Barbara has remained a member of its Board of Directors since that time. She chairs the JCMGA School Grants/Scholarships committee. In 2014 she was elected JCMGA’s representative to the Oregon Master Gardener Association and has continued in that position to this date. In 2016 she was OMGA’s Mini-College speaker coordinator. She is a past OMGA secretary and has been the OMGA historian since at least 2018. She plans one OMGA board meeting in Jackson County annually and organizes the JCMGA donation for the Mini-College silent auction.

Barbara’s responsibilities over the years have included:

Board member: 2006-present

Vice-president: 2006 which included programs committee

Mentor program chair: 2006

President-elect: 2007 which included nominating committee

President: 2008

OMGA alternate rep: 2009

School Grants: 2010-present

Scholarships: 2010-present

OMGA Rep: 2012-present

Social: 2016-2018

OMGA Mini-College speaker coordinator: 2016

OMGA secretary pro tem: 2017

OMGA historian: 2018-2020

Impact

After Barbara Davidson’s retirement in 2000, she became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer, helping abused and neglected children. She has appeared before the Medford City Council to testify on many issues, including the OSU Extension facility’s value to the community. As chair of the JCMGA committee that awards grants to local school and community gardens, and annual scholarships to local students pursuing careers in horticulture, she has nurtured a love of gardening in young people and the broader community. These scholarship recipients go out into the world as our future biologists, entomologists, horticulturalists, educators, etc.

Barbara’s commitment to and impact on the mission of the Master Gardener program – from the local to beyond – can be best understood from the following example. At a recent JCMGA Board of Directors meeting, it was proposed that a new Demonstration Garden be developed to explain the art and science of composting to new Master Gardener students and the community at large. Planning had been completed, volunteers recruited, and the time for construction was at hand. The board was enthusiastic. However, the compost garden had not been anticipated when the annual budget was adopted and there were no funds to pay for the project. Barbara suggested that board members donate out of their own pockets to begin construction and offered her own gift to get the ball rolling. By the end of the meeting enough money had been raised to pay the basic cost of the Compost Garden and its successful completion was assured. This garden is now a community educational resource.

Barbara also serves as OMGA historian, maintaining the historic record of the organization. She participates and leads the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Annual Retreat functions. Barbara brings suggestions, perspective, institutional memory and constructive advice to Board meetings and Mini-College planning and execution. Barbara is a thoughtful and extremely supportive resource. Her willingness to take on additional tasks such as facilitating OMGA Board meetings or Mini-College responsibilities, demonstrates the high level of commitment and caring that Barbara Davidson has for our program. Her tenacity and leadership has impacts from local to state and beyond, as OMGA educational programs expand.

 

 

 

Rah, rah, red shiso, boom, bah

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Gardening Gourmet
By Sydney Jordan Brown MG 2000

No, not a typo. But more a gardener’s “Oh!” if it’s the first time you’ve heard about Perilla frutescens var. crispa, more commonly known as shiso. It’s also referred to as beefsteak plant — this author finds it difficult to visualize how this lovely herb resembles a piece of meat. But there you have it.

Even though this perennial herb (belonging to the mint family Lamiaciae) has been highly esteemed in Japanese cuisines and medicinal usages for thousands of years, it’s not so well known in our Western gardens.

Often cultivated as an annual, shiso leafs out with saw-toothed-edged leaves in luminous-lime color. It boasts as well of its other boisterous cultivar in brilliant burgundy. As with most richly purplish-red pigmented plants, this shiso provides nutrients aplenty.

Although green shiso has many benefits, its crimson-shaded cousin contains a potent dose of anthocyanin (antioxidant), Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, and iron, as well as vitamins A, B2 and C. It also has a spicy zest with a hint-of-cinnamon taste somewhat like basil or coriander that’s sure to tweak any bland recipe.

Aside from its invaluable vitamin and mineral offerings, the entire plant may be consumed. How good is that! This includes leaves and stems, as well as its most beneficial seeds. Did you know these seeds are also made into an edible oil or ground for seasoning, as well as being used to color umeboshi and flavor the delightfully tangy-spicy pickled ginger?

Shiso is so extremely versatile in recipes, it’s a wonder it’s neither so well known nor used in our country. Not only does it add spice to the main meal but also spiffs up sultry soups, somber salads, routine rice, and tepid tempura, just to name a few.

If that weren’t enough, it also complements meats, seafood, and meatless dishes as well as desserts. Just imagine some icy shiso and berry sorbet sliding smoothly down during those sweltering summer days of being stuck on the home front.

Whether green or red, shiso is relatively easy and content to grow started indoors in early spring or direct sown in open beds or pots.

It’s a perfect plant for all who’ve recently partaken of planting gardens. Whether you’ve only a patio, porch, deck, or puny-sized plot, it will thrive in a pot.

Given a good mix of finely composted bark, morning sun with late afternoon filtered shade and regular watering, you should have plants O’plenty for the picking.

Usually shiso should be mature enough to start leaf harvesting by midsummer. Growing similarly as basil, regular clipping will produce bushier plants with even more leaves to indulge.

During late summer, flowering stalks result in seeds that may be consumed or saved for sowing your own next season.

What more could one want?

Gotta get, get, get,

get out and go do it!

Sow some shiso

and make it a hit!

 

Seed Sources:

Pinetree garden seeds

www.superseeds.com

Red shiso

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

www.rareseeds.com

Both red and green as well variegated with both colors

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

www.johnnyseeds.com

Both red and green varieties

 

Recipe:

Red shiso and raspberry sorbet

1/2 to 2/3 cup organic sugar, honey or agave

1 1/2 cups organic apple juice

1 good sized knob of fresh ginger, washed and grated

1 cup red shiso leaves, washed

2 cups fresh organic/home-grown raspberries (frozen also work) or black or boysenberries

Juice and zest of one organic lime

1/2 cup port wine (or frozen raspberry juice)

pinch of sea salt

Two 5.3 oz containers of raspberry Greek yogurt

To make syrup: In a medium saucepan, mix together sweetener of choice, apple juice, and ginger root. Bring just to a boil then add shiso leaves. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for an hour.

Place raspberries in a food processor or blender and add about 1/2 cup or more syrup, as needed, so they’ll puree. Strain puree through a fine sieve pressing out juices with a wooden spoon. Discard seeds, leaves and ginger fibers.

Add port wine (or raspberry juice) juice and zest from the lime and yogurt to syrup. Stir to mix well. Refrigerate until well chilled and freeze in an ice cream freezer following manufacturer’s directions.

 

The Garden Checklist for July

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By Janine Salvatti 

Master Gardener 2019

 

Well, summer is now in full swing. I don’t know about you, but despite knowing it’s coming, it always surprises me to see it barrel in loud and rambunctious. And while dealing with all this rambunctiousness, we need to remember that we have roughly 100 days until the first frost for any crops we are planting.

From the Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley:

Direct seed: Amaranth, beans, beets, carrots, collard, dill endive, escarole, Florence fennel, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, peas, rutabaga, scallions, Swiss chard.

Sow for transplanting: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage pak choi, radicchio.

Adjust watering: Blackberries require 1” of water per week. Blueberries need constant moisture, especially during fruiting. Peppers – spray with a solution of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) mixed 4 TBSP per gallon of water to make them crisper and sweeter. Reduce water to potatoes when vines start to die back.

Fertilize established asparagus beds and check / control asparagus beetles. After cane berries have finished production, prune vines that bore fruit to the ground. Do not compost, instead burn or trash.

General for ornamentals:

Pest and disease control measures should be in high gear now. The honeymoon of early spring when our gardens were nearly pristine is over. It’s hard to keep up with the various wildlife, bugs, and bacteria/viruses out to get our prize veggies and ornamentals.

If you don’t have one already, try one of the bug ID apps for your phone or computer.

Potted and hanging plants need a regular watering schedule and a weekly fertilizer program throughout the season to keep the flower show going.

Regular deadheading is required for most flowering plants to encourage vigor and a long bloom season. Carefully deadhead rhodies and azaleas so as not to damage the flower buds for next year. They are ready for a good organic feed right after blooming.

Prune out dead, diseased, crossing branches on your shrubs and trees any time of year.

It’s not too late to mulch to conserve soil moisture and moderate soil temps.

Play time ideas for gardeners: Invite a friend over for a yard visit (with social distancing or masks!) to enjoy your garden, write in your garden journal, draw or paint your garden, photograph your flowers, bring your ukulele out and serenade your garden, eat breakfast outside, phone a gardening friend, or swap gardening magazines or books with friends to inspire your creative juices! Just enjoy your garden!

Resources:

www.extension.oregonstate.edu

Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley

Cora Lee sends thanks for Haydn’s remembrance

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Editor’s note: Cora Lee wrote this note to thank Ronnie and the Master Gardeners for the obituary in the May issue of The Beet about the passing of her husband, Haydn.

——

Dear Master Gardeners,

What a lovely thing to do – thanks for the memories. Our long association with the Master Gardeners were some of the best times in our lives. As volunteers you think you are doing something for someone – your community. Giving back. Yes we did spend a lot of time at Extension. And we had a good time, made friends, gained more knowledge and experience, and had the satisfaction of seeing accomplishment. It was far more than we gave.

I am sad to lose Haydn. He was my best friend. We have had a good life. A family of 4 children who are now as old as we were when we joined MG in ‘94. We’ve lived and traveled all over the US. We have lived out most of our dreams. The last 9 months we finally lived in Hawaii as many of you remember it was our hope to someday do that.

Now I am in Vancouver, WA, near part of our family. I have a small house and a yard where I can continue to garden. It is my solace. I have a new journey to make. And I have great memories.

Love,

Cora Lee

May 11, 2020

Extension, Demo Gardens resume modified activity

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By Erika Szonntag

OSU Program Advisor 

 

Dear Master Gardeners,

Happy July! Summer is in full swing, and I hope this finds you and your families healthy and stable. I will highlight some key points about SOREC’s phased reopening, in addition to the new OSU Master Gardener Program vision and mission statements.

As of June 24, 2020, OSU Extension/SOREC moved into Phase II/Modified Operations. The front office is open to the public on a very limited basis, and faculty have been invited back to work, but only on a limited, necessary basis. Once again, OSU Extension operates under Executive Order 20-28, specific to institutions of higher education. This Executive Order is different from that under which county governments operate (Executive Order 20-27). You can read more about OSU Extension’s Resumption plan here.

Face-to-face volunteer activities within the Master Gardener program are still restricted. The Master Gardener Coordinator community, however, has received permission from OSU administration to resume work in demonstration and community gardens on a limited basis. Work days at the SOREC Demonstration Gardens are limited to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and to 20 people maximum per day. For now, GEMs and students have been invited to return. Depending on the number of people who sign up ahead of time to come, we may be able to open work days to other perennial Master Gardeners. Work in the gardens is limited to maintenance and is not open to the public or for educational instruction or events. Volunteers must register ahead of time to come work in the gardens, in addition to completing readings and a mandatory OSU COVID-19 training that Erika will provide if necessary.

OSU Extension regional directors and program leaders are developing an authorization process to conduct in-person programs, activities, meetings, and events over the coming weeks and months. Details are forthcoming, and any in-person Extension programming (including volunteer led) needs approval in order to be conducted.

We are still holding Plant Clinic virtually, and no in-person Master Gardener activities have been approved aside from limited work in the SOREC Demonstration Gardens.

The OSU Extension Master Gardener program has also updated its mission and vision statements as of June 11, 2020. This work began back in the summer of 2019 among all volunteer coordinators and Gail Langellotto. The advent of the current racial and social movement and the call to truly embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion have made this the perfect time to finalize our mission and vision to reflect how we want to move forward in serving those who need our services most, and how we can create the most inclusive culture possible within the Master Gardener program.

Our Mission: Cultivating resilient and healthy communities throughout Oregon through sustainable horticulture education and gardening projects that are rooted in science and that are supported by OSU Extension volunteers.

Our Vision: We provide accessible and equitable education programs that nurture life-long learners and volunteers who can expand the reach and impact of science-based sustainable gardening practices to benefit all Oregonians.

As always, stay tuned for more updates regarding reopening status, and please do not hesitate to contact me at erika.szonntag@oregonstate.edu with any questions you may have. Stay safe and healthy!

– Erika

Gardening Gourmet | Rah, rah, red shiso, boom, bah

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By Sydney Jordan Brown | Master Gardener 2000

Garden Beet July ‘20

Get out for the pick-off,

Every gardener go shout

Decide on your shiso,

Then plant some out.

No, not a typo. But more a gardener’s “Oh!” if it’s the first time you’ve heard about Perilla frutescens var. crispa, more commonly known as shiso. It’s also referred to as beefsteak plant — this author finds it difficult to visualize how this lovely herb resembles a piece of meat. But there you have it.

Even though this perennial herb (belonging to the mint family Lamiaciae) has been highly esteemed in Japanese cuisines and medicinal usages for thousands of years, it’s not so well known in our Western gardens.

Often cultivated as an annual, shiso leafs out with saw-toothed-edged leaves in luminous-lime color. It boasts as well of its other boisterous cultivar in brilliant burgundy. As with most richly purplish-red pigmented plants, this shiso provides nutrients aplenty.

Although green shiso has many benefits, its crimson-shaded cousin contains a potent dose of anthocyanin (antioxidant), Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, and iron, as well as vitamins A, B2 and C. It also has a spicy zest with a hint-of-cinnamon taste somewhat like basil or coriander that’s sure to tweak any bland recipe.

Aside from its invaluable vitamin and mineral offerings, the entire plant may be consumed. How good is that! This includes leaves and stems, as well as its most beneficial seeds. Did you know these seeds are also made into an edible oil or ground for seasoning, as well as being used to color umeboshi and flavor the delightfully tangy-spicy pickled ginger?

Shiso is so extremely versatile in recipes, it’s a wonder it’s neither so well known nor used in our country. Not only does it add spice to the main meal but also spiffs up sultry soups, somber salads, routine rice, and tepid tempura, just to name a few.

If that weren’t enough, it also complements meats, seafood, and meatless dishes as well as desserts. Just imagine some icy shiso and berry sorbet sliding smoothly down during those sweltering summer days of being stuck on the home front.

Whether green or red, shiso is relatively easy and content to grow started indoors in early spring or direct sown in open beds or pots.

It’s a perfect plant for all who’ve recently partaken of planting gardens. Whether you’ve only a patio, porch, deck, or puny-sized plot, it will thrive in a pot.

Given a good mix of finely composted bark, morning sun with late afternoon filtered shade and regular watering, you should have plants O’plenty for the picking.

Usually shiso should be mature enough to start leaf harvesting by midsummer. Growing similarly as basil, regular clipping will produce bushier plants with even more leaves to indulge.

During late summer, flowering stalks result in seeds that may be consumed or saved for sowing your own next season.

What more could one want?

Gotta get, get, get,

get out and go do it!

Sow some shiso

and make it a hit!

 

Seed Sources:

Pinetree garden seeds

www.superseeds.com

Red shiso

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

www.rareseeds.com

Both red and green as well variegated with both colors

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

www.johnnyseeds.com

Both red and green varieties

 

Recipe:

Red shiso and raspberry sorbet

1/2 to 2/3 cup organic sugar, honey or agave

1 1/2 cups organic apple juice

1 good sized knob of fresh ginger, washed and grated

1 cup red shiso leaves, washed

2 cups fresh organic/home-grown raspberries (frozen also work) or black or boysenberries

Juice and zest of one organic lime

1/2 cup port wine (or frozen raspberry juice)

pinch of sea salt

Two 5.3 oz containers of raspberry Greek yogurt

To make syrup: In a medium saucepan, mix together sweetener of choice, apple juice, and ginger root. Bring just to a boil then add shiso leaves. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for an hour.

Place raspberries in a food processor or blender and add about 1/2 cup or more syrup, as needed, so they’ll puree. Strain puree through a fine sieve pressing out juices with a wooden spoon. Discard seeds, leaves and ginger fibers.

Add port wine (or raspberry juice) juice and zest from the lime and yogurt to syrup. Stir to mix well. Refrigerate until well chilled and freeze in an ice cream freezer following manufacturer’s directions.

 

Working Groups Look at Ways to Rebuild Lost Income 

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By Ronnie Budge

 Master Gardener 2011

JCMGA President

 

The frustration was palpable. When businesses reopened in Oregon and we could, if we chose, again visit museums, art galleries, and other places of interest – keeping six feet from others and/or wearing masks – still no one could be on the Extension campus. It seems that the Governor’s directive for education institutions like OSU has a different timeline than other organizations. But at last there’s some light: volunteers will now be permitted to work in the Demonstration Gardens, under strict guidelines. Because of the essential nature of the work we do, helping with food security, exceptions have been made for volunteers to be on campus. The numbers allowed at any one time will be limited, so work in the gardens will be spread out over multiple days instead of being concentrated on Wednesday mornings. This is for our own safety, but I know we’ll miss the congeniality of coffee and donut breaks. Master Gardener Coordinator Erika Szonntag and the garden coordinators will share the details.

At our regular June Board of Directors meeting (held via Zoom, naturally) each of JCMGA’s working groups gave an update on their plans for the coming months. The Fundraising Working Group and the Communications Working Group will together do even more promotion of the efforts already underway to raise money through the sale of our Garden Guides, bottle and can returns, etc.

My personal favorite of these is requesting that my purchases at the Grange Co-op be credited to JCMGA. Of all the local stores I used to patronize, the one I’ve continued to visit during the pandemic is the Grange Co-op, to buy fertilizer and other supplies for my vegetable garden. (I go during the first hour of the morning when the store is open only to seniors.) Each time I check out, even if I’ve bought only a package of seeds, when the clerk asks if I’m a member I say “No, but please credit the Jackson County Master Gardener Association.” It takes a few minutes for the clerk to locate JCMGA in the computer, but s/he always does find it. The amounts of these purchases add up, and at the end of the year JCMGA gets a percentage credit that can be used to buy supplies for the Practicum or Demonstration Gardens. The credit isn’t huge, only about $300 each year, but if we all remembered to do this I believe it could be much larger.

It looks as though “pop-up sales” of the natives and other plants raised by the Practicum, and which are still held on campus or being fostered by members at their homes, will not be possible until at least September. However, one of our Board members volunteered her large property for a “community garage sale” in August, with an emphasis on garden supplies and equipment. Several of us will pitch in as private citizens to help and to donate items to sell. This would not be under the auspices of JCMGA, but it is expected that proceeds will be donated to our organization after the event.

You may remember that last year there was a Holiday Gala in Greenhouse 2 where winter-blooming bulbs, wreaths, and other decorations were sold. Depending on the circumstances, we want to have a similar socially-distanced activity on campus, or a virtual Holiday Gala instead.

Our traditional Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens education event, normally held the first Saturday in November, is of course cancelled. There are many professionally produced webinars and YouTube videos available to learn about gardening, and we see no need to try and compete with these as an alternative to Winter Dreams. However, the Community Outreach Working Group would like to develop locally-focused virtual gardening lessons and demonstrations, but lacks equipment and expertise. If you have either or both to offer, please contact Jim Buck or Bill Gabriel.

Looking to 2021, what we do depends on COVID-19 and guidelines from the state and OSU. The Spring Garden Fair Working Group is starting to plan with two alternatives in mind: Holding it at the county fairgrounds as usual, or having a virtual event, with links to vendors (including JCMGA) who could take orders online and sell from their own locations. So, as they say, stay tuned.

 

Jackson County Master Gardener Association: Board Meeting (by Zoom)

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Jackson County Master Gardener Association

Board Meeting (by Zoom)

6/12/20

Announcements

  1. Jane Moyer announced that Practicum mentors who took seedlings home were able to get containers from the Practicum supply at the Extension on Thursday 6/11 for transplanting.
  2. Ronnie Budge presented a thank you card from Cora Lee in regards to The Garden Beet article on the life and contributions of her husband Haydn Lee. The entire card will be reprinted in the July Garden Beet.
  3. More blue bags are needed for recycling redeemable cans and bottles. Jane Sawall volunteered to pick them up and to work with Kate Hassen to develop a system for distributing them.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Annette Carter reported June income of $1100 from plant sale donations, Garden Guides, and recycling redeemable cans and bottles and $75 refund from the Pear Blossom Parade.

Expenses included $1300 for insurance, and $157 for the agriculture license. The treasurer’s report was accepted as submitted.

Update on Master Gardener Program and Related

  1. Erika Szonntag reported that an agreement with OSU under the Oregon Phase 2 guidelines for reopening is forthcoming for Master Gardeners to be able to be on the Extension grounds for plant  maintenance (i.e. the Master Gardeners will soon be able to return to the Demonstration Gardens to maintain the existing plants). Volunteers will be required to complete the online COVID-19 training, wear masks when in the building or within 6′ of another person, and bring their own tools or use and sterilize tools from the MG tool shed. It is predicted that volunteers will be limited to three days per week, 20 MG’s per day, and 2 per garden using an online sign-up system. Only one person will be allowed in a restroom at a time and hand washing stations will be available in the gardens.
  2. Group meetings at the Extension can resume on September 1 or later depending on COVID-19 conditions.
  3. An Outreach Coordinator has been hired by OSU to work with the Extensions.
  4. Erika shared a document from Gail Langellotto on Racial Justice in the Gardens (See attachment #1) which will lead to revised vision and mission statements (See attachment #2).
  5. The 2021 class format is still to be determined. Priority will be given to 2020 students.
  6. Practicum format is also still to be determined.
  7. Pop up sales will resume in the fall at the earliest.

Update/Proposals from WDSG Working Group

Sue Koury, one of the three WDSG co-chairs, reported they recommend there be no WDSG this year. Having a virtual WDSG was discussed but the co-chairs feel they don’t have the knowledge or the expertise to pull together this kind of an online event.

Update/Proposals from Fundraising Working Group

Jane Moyer reported for Chair Sandy Hammond. Recommendations include:

  1. Increase advertising for the fundraising efforts already developed through MailChimp, the JCMGA Facebook page, the JCMGA website, PSA’s, Jefferson Exchange, etc. along with an explanation of what we support with the funds. (The efforts we already have going include the sale of the Garden Guides, Grange refund, bottle and can returns, CARS, Amazon Smile, and direct donations.)
  2. Coordinate pop-up sales through the Fundraising Working Group so each sale can include more than native plants and advertising can be coordinated through all the same avenues mentioned in #1.
  3. Depending on the circumstances, have either a social distancing appropriate Holiday Gala or a  virtual Holiday Gala advertised through all the same avenues mentioned in attachment #1.
  4. Include bulb sales and Garden Guide sales in the virtual WDSG and advertise through all the same avenues mentioned in #1.

Update/Proposals from Communications Working Group

Kate Hassen reminded the Board of Directors that any new projects need to be assigned to one of the working groups. At this point, the Communications Working Group doesn’t have the equipment or the expertise to create virtual events but is glad to advertise/distribute the information.

Kate Hassen moved JCMGA purchase and maintain a Zoom account. Sandy Hansen seconded. Motion passed with 18 in favor and 2 opposed.

Update/Proposals from Community Outreach Working Group

Bill Gabriel/Jim Buck would like to start a collection of virtual lessons, but also don’t have the equipment or the expertise to create them. Suggestions were made to look at the Practicum lessons taught by Zoom or OSU webinars coordinated by Brooke Edmunds. Sherri Morgan is developing a virtual tour of native plant gardens for next spring. This project was assigned to the Community Outreach Working Group. Jim Buck will contact Sherri to offer the working group’s help with coordination. 

Update/Proposals from Gardens Working Group

Janine Salvatti referred the board to the report from Erika Szonntag.

Update/Proposals from Spring Garden Fair Working Group

Jane Moyer reported the SGF Working Group co-chairs have agreed to start planning for the 2021 SGF with two plans:

Plan A: Spring Garden Fair at the fairgrounds as usual.

       Plan B: A virtual Spring Garden Fair. “Booths” would be a link to a page set up by each vendor to show their products and take orders. Customers would arrange to pick up their purchases from the vendor. JCMGA booths would also have a link. The plan to be used will depend on the state and OSU guidelines in effect after the first of the year.

Update/Proposals from Member Services Working Group

Keltie Nelson had no updates or proposals to report.

OMGA Report

Barbara Davidson reported on the Oregon Master Gardener Association.

  1. An Executive Committee meeting was held June 5.
  2. Erika Szonntag and Gail Langellotto have been working hard to obtain OSU permission to reopen the gardens.
  3. Lee Ann Locher has been hired as an outreach coordinator for the Extensions. We are hoping to use her expertise to assist with our outreach to the community, fundraising, and advertising.
  4. Mini-college is scheduled for July 17-18, 2021, in Corvallis. This will be a 45-year celebration of the annual gardening conference. The organizers are looking for a black binder holding information and documents from the past. They are also asking chapters to present a timeline of local activities.

Pam Hillers will compile this as soon as she can be admitted into the Extension building to access the archives. Names of 20/30/40-year members are needed so they can be honored. Patrice Kaska will send them to Barbara Davidson.

  1. A Karl Carlson Grant for $250 has been awarded to JCMGA towards the purchase of vent screens for Greenhouse #2 to help prevent insects from entering.
  2. OMGA needs a news editor. Let Barbara Davidson know if you are interested.

Proposed Policy on Conflict of Interest: Kathy Apple moved the board adopt the proposed policy titled “Conflict of Interest.” (See attachments #3 and #4.) Lynn Kunstman seconded. Unanimous approval.

Proposed Policy on Operating Reserve Fund: Kathy Apple moved the board adopt the “Operating Reserve Fund” policy in the new policy format. (See attachment #5.) Lynn Kunstman seconded. Nineteen board members voted in favor, one opposed.

Proposed Policy on Acceptance of Gifts: Kathy Apple moved the board adopt the proposed policy titled “Acceptance of Gifts.” (See attachment #6.) Kate Hassen seconded. Unanimous approval. A list of acceptable non-monetary items will be developed by Kathy Apple.

Proposed Policy on School Garden Grants: Kathy Apple moved the board adopt the “School Garden Grants” policy in the new policy format. Barbara Davidson asked item 2.2 be amended to show the grants are posted in August, due in October, and awarded in November so the process occurs in the same school year the funds are used. (See attachment #7.) Barbara Davidson seconded the motion as amended. Unanimous approval.

Proposed Policy on JCMGA Event & Master Gardener Program Grants: Kathy Apple moved the board adopt the proposed policy on “JCMGA Event & Master Gardener Program Grants”. (See attachment #8.) Barbara Davidson seconded. Unanimous approval. 

July Board Meeting: 9:30–11:30, Friday July 10, 2020 by Zoom.

Submitted by Jane Moyer, Recording Secretary