Monday, April 30, 2012

A Busy, Busy, Busy Couple of Weeks....


Thank you to all who have come out to SAGE these past couple of weeks, you've really helped up accomplish a lot!  To highlight the changes that have occurred, below is a brief photo essay of our recent installation of the new Children's Garden.  We have numerous youth groups visit SAGE whether for home school activities, school field trips (we invite all the Corvallis School District 1st - 3rd grade classes), summer camps or family mornings in the garden.  Our hope is that our new Children's Garden will be a wonderful, whimsical space that inspires exploration and creativity in our young visitors.  Feel free to stop on by and take a wander! 

The original state of the Children's Garden: Leaf piles, mucky mud puddles, VERY poor drainage and grass.

Wonderful HP volunteers who helped lay the ground work for the Children's Garden!

After some OSU soils students did some service-learning spreading the leaf piles, HP employees volunteered and helped get the main pathways in as well as shape Strawberry Mountain (the rise where the person is standing)

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) from OSU partnered with us and helped win us a grant from Lowe's to install the Children's Garden.  Not only did they help us secure the grant, they also put in HOURS of work building the entrance tunnel, digging the pond, moving a lot of leaves, compost and mulch among a host of other things!  Thank you SIFE!!! 
SIFE students prep veggies from the garden to put on their cob-oven cooked pizzas.  There were a lot of hungry mouths to feed especially after moving yards and yards of compost that was graciously donated by Allied Waste/PRC and hauled by Rick Robinson Trucking.

View of the Children's Garden from the same vantage as the very first picture.  Now we have a pizza garden (foreground), a story circle, Strawberry Mountain (yes, it is covered with strawberries), a circle of blueberries (thanks Shonnard's for the discount!), a willow hut and a lot of growing and exploration space!

Thanks again everyone!!!!
Cheers,
Deanna
SAGE Garden Manager

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Upcoming Events and Opportunities and SAGE and Beyond!

Join us for these exciting happenings at SAGE and the Corvallis Environmental Center!

Children's Garden Installation Work Party!  
Come one, come all, to help the CEC realize a long time dream to install a Children's Garden area at our 1 acre production site! This garden has been designed with exploration and imagination in mind and is sponsored by a Lowe's grant through a partnership with OSU's Students in Free Enterprise program. We'll have the tools, the wood fired pizza, the plants and supplies for a great afternoon outdoors, but we also need you and your family's creativity and working hands to build this garden!
When: Saturday, April 21st from 11am - 2pm
Where: SAGE Garden --SW 45th Place & Country Club Dr.

Willow Fence Workshop
Our Children's Garden will be bordered by a beautiful, living willow fence. Come learn the simple steps for creating a willow fence while getting hands-on experience.  Family-friendly.
When: Saturday, April 21st from 2pm - 4pm
Where: SAGE Garden--SW 45th Place & Country Club Dr.
Cost: Free, donation suggested to support the Starker Arts Garden for Education

Earth Ball 2012
Join us for an All-Species Masquerade Ball & Benefit Concert to celebrate Earth Day and support the Corvallis Environmental Center!  This is a fun, all ages, COSTUME PARTY with great music, tasty local food, and interactive eco-exhibits.   
When: Saturday, April 21st from 7pm - Midnight
Where: Corvallis Odd Fellows Hall - 223 SW 2nd St. Corvallis
Cost:  $5-$25 sliding scale at the door supports the CEC

Cooped Up in Corvallis....Call for Volunteers!
Volunteer at our 4th annual tour of backyard chicken and duck coops. Learn about this growing movement in sustainable living and discover fun facts about coops and backyard fowl. Take a shift helping at a host coop site, taking event pictures, or assisting at SAGE (Coop Tour headquarters!) on the day of the event and get to go on the tour for free!
When: Sunday, May 20th; volunteers needed for 2 to 3 hour shifts between 11-4p.m.

Tuesday Work Parties at SAGE
Garden for a good cause!  We need your help in the garden doing all sorts of things from prepping soil and mulching to planting and harvesting. As always, we'll have fire-roasted garden pizzas from our cob oven to share.
When: Every Tuesday from 4 - 7ish
Where: SAGE Garden--SW 45th Place & Country Club Dr.

Upcoming SAGE Workshops
We are constantly updating our list of 2012 workshops.  Click HERE to learn more about upcoming workshops including Basic and Intermediate Beekeeping and Grain Threshing!


We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Edible Corvallis Initiative Team
(Jen, Sara, Jena, Amoreena, Chris, Natalia and Deanna)
www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org
541-753-9211

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Kale Tasting Table!

A large amount of hardy greens over-wintered well in the garden, and last week we harvested over 30 bunches of fresh, organically grown kale for the South Corvallis Food Bank! Delivered with our new bike trailer (along with a dozen bulbs of garlic pulled out of winter storage) we also demonstrated to SCFB clients how to cook a quick and easy, delicious and nutritious dish of braised kale and garlic. It was a HUGE hit with everyone, especially the kids who were excited to try our delicious, colorful greens knowing they had been in the ground and growing that very morning! ("Are we really allowed to have thirds? What about FOURTHS!?")
Kale and garlic getting cooked up....yum, yum!
The Red Russian variety of kale was a favorite and flew off the shelf, though our Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch type went quickly too. The weekend saw another harvest and delivery of more than a dozen bunches of fresh-picked, organically grown Tuscan Blue variety kale (which also goes by the names of Black Kale, Dinosaur Kale or Lacinato Kale).
Red Russian Kale

Tuscan Blue Kale (also known as Black Kale, Dinosaur Kale and Lacinato Kale)


In addition to tasting healthy foods and being able to take home some fresh kale, families were also given information on other ways to prepare kale that included the following easy suggestions that we all can follow if we're looking for ways to use this delicious green....

Five Great Ways to Use the
Kale from S.A.G.E.

1. Chop it up and sauté in a pan with a little oil and garlic for delicious braised greens.
2. Add a handful to the blender to give your smoothie a boost of nutrition and fantastic color!
3. Oil it, add some seasoning and bake in the oven at a low heat to make crispy green chips.
4. Add it your favorite stir-fry recipe.
5. Dice it up and throw it in any soup.


It was an exciting kick off for the season, and we have a lot of work to get done to keep up with the demand. Don't hesitate to come out and throw in a helping hand at SAGE, enjoy some pizza and good conversation Tuesdays 4-7pm!
Chris McKim
Garden Education Assistant