Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January at SAGE

January at SAGE....

Since December, the SAGE garden has been peacefully resting. However, one SAGE volunteer has been out there working hard! We've been fortunate to have a dedicated volunteer out at SAGE over the last couple months spreading leaves on the garden beds, weeding that ever-present grass, and even tilling the soil - well, before the heavy rains began! This week, I noticed some ducks enjoying the SAGE pond. Yes, the SAGE pond. These heavy rains have added to the already-saturated soil of the lower part of the garden. This is a typical low spot and tends to be the last to be tilled and planted in during the growing season.

Speaking of the growing season...we are hiring a part-time garden manager! If you have been out to SAGE, love what we do, and have some large-scale gardening/small-scale farming experience and want to join our team, visit our website to learn more about what the job entails.

Things will start "buzzing" (and I hope our garden bees, too!) in March at SAGE. Our first open work party will be Tuesday, March 20th, beginning at 4pm. Join us! We'll most likely be building garden beds, weeding the fall garlic, turning the compost pile and making compost tea from the red wiggler worm castings. Parks and Recreation doesn't turn the water back on at the garden until April/May, so if you're joining us to work, please BRING YOUR WATER BOTTLE to stay hydrated.

Hope to see you at the garden in March! Email me if you have any questions about SAGE happenings -

Happy garden planning,

Monday, January 16, 2012

Beans for Bags support the garden!

The SAGE garden is a program of The Corvallis Environmental Center ("CEC"). The CEC has been selected as one of the Corvallis-area organizations to receive Beans for Bags in January, February and March 2012.

Shop at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op (both locations!) during these three months, using your own bags to tote off your groceries, and you receive a bean for each bag – a 5 cent value – that you can donate to the organization of your choice. Each organization has their own "bean box" to which you can add your bean.

So B.Y.O.B. (bring your own bags)

and support the environment as well as SAGE garden!

Thank you so much.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Call for Coops!

Are you a Corvallis resident who would like to show off your backyard chicken or duck coop? In May, we will sponsor our annual Cooped Up in Corvallis event - a tour of approximately 10 backyard coops in Corvallis.

If you are interested in being considered, please contact Jena at or 541-753-9211.

Come join us!