Farm Your Yard: Kitchen Gardens Tour!What better way to kick off summer than by attending DCCFW’s 5th annual Farm Your Yard: Kitchen Gardens Tour! This year is sure to be a treat, with a variety of gardens and gardeners you will be sure to enjoy. So don’t wait, get your tickets before the day of the tour! We hope to see and meet you there! – DCCFW
DCCFW Gleaning project is going into its 4th year in Fall, 2017. We have the equipment we need, from a City of Forest Grove Community Enhancement Project (CEP) grant award in 2015. In 2016, we gathered over a thousand pounds of food in three locations to distribute to pantries and share with our group of Harvesters for that “Pick.”
We gather cardboard boxes, we visit a site that has been previously checked out by our Harvest Leader(s), and we review safety guidelines together. Also before we start, we sign volunteer waivers for our liability insurance coverage. Owners can choose to keep some of the harvested fruit, and sometimes vegetables. Half of our group of Harvesters need to self-identify as “low income.” All of the Harvesters can help sort and weigh the fruit, with the best food going to the pantries, and the almost best fruit going to Harvesters. The Harvesters share the “almost best” fruit as they decide together what they want to take home. Often, the less desirable fruit is dried or made into juice.
After the harvesting, as a group, we review how the whole Pick went.
Saturday, May 13, at FG Senior&Community Center, 2037 Douglas St, from 10 am to 3 pm, our Second Annual “A GATHERING OF GARDENERS” will open its doors for another exciting opportunity to learn from many highly experienced gardeners. Among many activities, Master Gardeners will be available doing garden CLINICS. There will be an ongoing loop of garden-related videos, plus cooking demos, tool-sharpening, take-away garden goodies, resource magazine and books, free seeds, display of Lexicon of Sustainability posters, and more. “Table Topics” will include: Soil; Pollinators; Seeds; Seed Swaps and new Seed Library; Growing Veggies WITH Flowers; Children’s Garden Crafts; Dryland Farming Research Project; Composting; low-water home gardening; Harvest Swap Event; Forest Grove Gleaning Project; tour of SideYard Gardens at the Center, and more.
SPECIAL DISPLAY: GARDEN TOOLS: adapted for use to MAKE GARDENING EASIER (Master Gardener Jerry Anderson).
Co-Sponsored by Dairy Creek Community Food Web and Maple Street Community Gardens, Starkey’s Corner, FG Senior & Community Center, Blooming Junction Nursery, OSU Master Gardeners, New Seasons Market, and Adelante Mujeres Forest Grove Farmer’s Market.