As a new Master Gardener and speaker, I am so proud and pleased to announce the 26th annual Gardener’s Mini College from Aug. 5-8 at Oregon State University. The theme for the 2009 conference is “Backyard Food Solutions: Local, Sustainable, Secure,” and there will be a wide range of classes, demonstrations, and workshops for gardeners at every level of experience.
I will be giving a talk on Friday called “Feeling Good in the Neighborhood: Local Eating and Food Sharing” on locavore diets and mini food networks in the Willamette Valley, showcasing some of the ways we eat and share our local harvests. I’d love to see you all there.
But my talk is the least of it; the schedule is full of wonderful presentations on all aspects of edible gardening from bees to compost. Please join us! The conference costs are reasonable, and they offer options for attending the entire three days with lodging and meals to attending one day of classes and brown-bagging it. You will find a full description of the speakers, classes, and registration options at the Mini College website.
Read more below, from an announcement sent to me by the organizers. Please take note that early registration ends in mere days! Save money and register by June 26.
More than 30 classes, tours and workshops on a wide variety of topics will be presented at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, at at locations around OSU’s Corvallis campus.
Topics include cover cropping your vegetable garden, home winemaking, backyard chickens, organic vegetable gardening, heavy metals in garden soils, home orchards, pruning fruit trees, backyard wine and table grapes, composting, season extenders, making teas from garden herbs, dealing with deer and other mammals in the home garden, permaculture, preserving produce, an in-depth look at garden fertilizers, and many more.
You may find out more about the event [and register online] at the Mini College website. Registration is $157 until June 26 includes all meals (Wednesday evening – Saturday morning), the Thursday Evening Garden Tour and all classes (Thursday and Friday). Thursday and Friday Classes and the Thursday Evening Garden Tour , without meals, is $63.
After June 26th, registration increases by $7.
Other events are a silent auction, seed exchange, food drive (including fresh produce) for the Linn-Benton Food Share, OSU Bookstore, Search for Excellence celebration and OSU Master Gardener chapter sales and displays. The Gardener’s Mini College is presented by the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener program and the Oregon Master Gardener Association, in cooperation with the OSU Extension Service.