August is a magical month in the garden. For the most part everything is growing well and there is a small (very small) sense of a plateau in the work needing to be done right NOW. I decided to take a step back and enjoy "now," the present, and not worry about what needs to be done or what didn't get done. I wanted to share with you a few of the August abundance "presents" out at SAGE.
Sunflower forests for goldfinches galore. Many people ask me why I plant so many sunflowers and I reply, "I don't. The birds do." Right now there are so many happy blossoms, it makes most folks smile and good, real smiles are something I don't think we can have in excess.
Bicycle trailer for delivering bountiful produce. Without an abundant amount of support from our wonderful community, we wouldn't be able to accomplish all we do. Thanks CH2MHill for the new bicycle trailer donation and for the abundance of volunteers who help us grow, harvest and deliver all that food.
Harvests totaling hundreds of pounds. August is always a bit mind-boggling in the staggering amount of organically-raised vegetables our acre of land is growing.
Massive zucchini appearing seemingly overnight. Honesty, what kind of garden post about abundance would this be without a big shout out to the amazing growing abilities of summer squash. Even if we thoroughly harvest multiple times a week, we still find behemoths lurking among the squash vines, hidden deep in shadow. While I find it a bit delightful to discover such wonders, it can be a bit more of a challenge to convince everyone else of their greatness. So in addition to the vast quantity of summer squash produced in August, we find there also needs to be an abundant dose of creativity, and maybe some courage, to keep tackling and utilizing these food items throughout August!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I love SAGE. I love its beauty (sometimes orderly, more often times a bit wild). The people who volunteer at SAGE help fill me with laughter, appreciation and motivation to keep doing the work I do. Then there's all the gorgeous organically-grown produce...yum....I do love my veggies. I could go on and on and on about all the things I love about SAGE, the folks I work with and my job overall.....
As some of you have noticed though, we're currently hiring a new garden manager. Yep, that's right, that's my current job. The one I was just describing above as something I "love" and have had the privilege of doing for three seasons now.
|Fall clean up my first season|
Many of you have already noticed the job posting and have shared kind words with me and asked questions. Thank you so much, it really means a lot. It's transition time for me though so I'm not going to dwell too much, I'm just going to keep lovin' what I'm doing while I have the opportunity to be doing it.
Hope to see you all around SAGE soon!
SAGE Garden Manager
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Summertime at SAGE....
Giant zucchini that seem to grow overnight....
Sunflowers making me smile!
Reds, purples, greens and yellows overflowing harvest bins....
Weeds, weeds and more weeds....
Music in the amphitheater. Dancing on the lawn. Picnic blankets spread.
This season brings many garden delights (and lots of work!), but it also heralds the start of the SAGE Summer Concert Series (hence the music, dancing and picnic blankets)! This family friendly musical event showcases local musicians, is supported by local businesses and benefits SAGE.
There are different studies that have been done trying to observe if plants react to different types of music. The vegetables and fruits at SAGE (along with you!) will have an opportunity to listen to a diverse musical selection including folk, country, bluegrass, rock and jam. Given the number of variables, I don't think we can do a scientific study on the music's effects on SAGE, but I bet the garden will be benefit from feeling the positive vibes put off by a bunch of folks enjoying a summer evening in the park!
Join us on the following Thursdays from 6 - 9pm at Peffer Amphitheater in Bruce Starker Arts Park:
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10/family (as mentioned, all proceeds benefit SAGE!). Food, beverage and alcohol vendors will be present, but biking on over with a picnic dinner is also a great experience!
Another amazing piece of this event is the positive response we've received from local businesses! We wouldn't be able to offer such a large, family fun event for the Corvallis community without their support! This year our title sponsors include:
More info on the Facebook page:
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
|HP Employees Showing Off Their Radishes!|
1) Work Parties: Yes, we do these year-round, but in the spring the Tuesday night work parties start for the season and the group work parties start ramping up in number. It's so much fun having folks out working together in the garden AND a HUGE help! Already this spring we've had over 20 different groups visit the garden and volunteer their time. Plus we have a great cohort of Tuesday night volunteers who keep helping out, Tuesday after Tuesday, season after season. Thanks!
|It's the simple things in life...|
4) Workshops: With nice weather, comes nice folks who are willing to share their expertise with our community. This spring and summer we've had/will have some great workshops that highlight topics such as cultivating medicinal herbs, backyard chicken health and growing mushrooms! Click here for full schedule of SAGE workshops.
|Freshly Picked Radishes|
6) Donated Starts and Seeds: Our project really thrives because of community support in the form of donated time, money and goods. A huge in-kind donation we receive in the spring is in the form of beautiful vegetable starts. Thanks to Gathering Together Farm, Persephone Farm, Monroe Sharing Gardens and Peoria Gardens for providing gorgeous starts that we help feed our community!
7) Compost from Republic Services: Being an organic growing space, it's important to care for our soil and replenish nutrients in a responsible manner. We apply a generous helping of compost to the soil every spring when we're getting the majority of our crops planted. We're so appreciative that Republic Services continues to donate gorgeous compost to help SAGE grow nutritious food for our community!
|Farm Field Trippers Enjoying Fresh Picked Strawberries!|
There are many more amazingly wonderful things about spring at SAGE. You're invited to come visit the garden and see what other spring things inspire!
Monday, March 31, 2014
This time of year we'll be mulching, prepping soil for planting, weeding, planting, harvesting and more! We're out there rain or shine.
Looking forward to seeing you on a Tuesday evening!
Monday, March 24, 2014
Learn to grow your own food!!!!This is our second year of offering the Complete Organic Gardening course in collaboration with OSU Extension and Oregon Tilth and this is the last week to register for this class! During this in-depth course we'll have hands-on garden activities, in-depth discussions and engaging educational activities that will provide participants with a well-rounded understanding of how to grow their own food using organic
|COG participants learning to graft their own|
There will be a lead instructor with visits by specialist guest instructors from all three organizations. In April, we'll meet for interactive discussions on the first four Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30pm (April 2, 9, 16, 23). The hands-on gardening days will be every Saturday from 9am - 1pm (April 5, 12, 19, 26).
Register HERE or email us for more details! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
|Rhubarb getting ready for the season|
|Tri Delt sorority sisters|
|The thistles have awoke!|
Also starting up is our Complete Organic Gardening Course that occurs throughout April. If you have not yet signed up, there is still time! This month-long course teaches you all you need to know to grow your own organic produce. We'll cover vegetable production, perennials & pruning, edible weeds, integrated pest management, soil health, grafting, seed saving and more! For more details and to register visit: http://www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org/edible-corvallis-initiative/events/cog/
~ The SAGE Crew
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Have a lunch meeting next Monday, January 13th? Or maybe not interested in cooking after working a Monday? Or perhaps you're interested in enjoying some Happy Hour drink specials? If you head over to the McMenamins on Monroe Avenue on Monday, January 13th, your eating and drinking with help support the Corvallis Environmental Center! That's right, McMenamins is being generous enough to donate 50% of the proceeds from all sales Monday to the CEC.
Cajun tots? Burger? (They have gluten-free buns...yippee!) A special spirit? No matter what you order, you'll be helping the Corvallis Environmental Center so thank you!