Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Feathery Friends at SAGE!

The two new SAGE residents
This season we were lucky enough to be blessed with a couple of black Australorp hens to occupy the the gorgeous SAGE coop.  These ladies are learning to be more bold when children throw in food for them and are enjoying romping around eating the tall growing weeds, examining piles of picked weeds and of course, scratching the amazing soil in search of critters!  They've provided some delicious brown eggs for volunteers and they provided some delightful experiences for visiting children.  If you're interested in meeting the ladies, come on out to a Tuesday evening work party (all welcome every Tuesday from 4 - 6:30) or attend the upcoming "Chicken Health" Workshop this Sunday at SAGE with Dr. Vickstrom of West Hills Animal Hospital.

Community members checking out the hens and the coop
during the 5th Annual "Cooped Up in Corvallis Tour" that
took place May 19th.

Thanks Karessa (our amazing beekeeper) for the hens and thank you again to WillyDWonka Coops  out of Sweet Home for the amazing coop!!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Workshop Season!

Workshop participants learning about
mushroom cultivation
Our community is full of people willing to share their knowledge and expertise about all sorts of different topics and we're lucky to have these people lead workshops out at SAGE!  Click HERE to see (and register for) our full list of workshops.  Keep checking back with us as more workshops will be added throughout the season!

Creating an oyster
mushroom bed!
Just this weekend we had Ryan, from the local company Soul 2 Grow, lead a "Mushroom Cultivation" workshop. Participants got first hand experience putting in an Elm Oyster Mushroom bed at SAGE.  After putting in the bed, learning mushroom facts and how to care for mushrooms, participants received their own elm oyster mushroom spawn to take home and get started.  Apparently elm oyster mushrooms can get to be the size of dinner plates...excited to see how they grow!


Learn about beekeeping with Karessa and the SAGE hives!


Next up on our work shop list is a Beginning Beekeeping Workshop on Saturday, May 18th. Karessa, our amazing beekeeper and one of the owners of Nectar Bee Supply, will be leading the course and is an amazing educator who will get participants hands-on experience with the bees at SAGE.  To register for this workshop, click HERE.