Oregon State University Extension Service
METRO CONNECTION
July 2018

News, events and educational articles for our partners, community leaders, volunteers, friends and family
Washington County Extension in Beaverton 503-821-1127
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed 12 – 1 p.m.)
Master Gardener Hours:
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
Extension in Portland
4-H and Family and Community Health
We will take a summer newsletter break in August. Back again in September!
UPCOMING EVENTS
OSU Master Gardener State Conference Open to All, July 13-14, McMinnville, OR
T he event, presented by the Oregon Master Gardner Association in cooperation with Oregon State University Extension Service, was formerly known as Mini College. A wide range of speakers are in store. Visit the OMGA website for a full listing of classes.

Registration is open and starts at $96 for the two-day conference with extra costs for breakfasts, banquet, tours and workshops. You can go to just one day for a reduced price. Dorm housing is available on the Linfield College campus.
Visit OSU Extension at the Washington County Fair
July 26-29
Oregon State University is celebrating it's 150th anniversary!! A prize awaits the 150th visitor to the Extension tables. We will be located just outside the large 4-H tent. Also, be sure to visit the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden.
Friday, July 27: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oregon Bee Project featuring OSU Extension pollinator expert, Andony Melathopoulos. Live bee exhibit, crafts and some prizes!
Saturday, July 28: Take a photo with Benny Beaver in the 4-H tent from noon - 4 p.m.

Communities, Food, Resilience event
September 5, 2:30–5:15 p.m. Portland Register   for an event designed to spark bold and visionary conversations around food systems and community food resilience and the role of the land grant university. Hosted by College of Agricultural Sciences and OSU Extension, the event takes place at the Portland Art Museum with a reception following held at the Oregon Historical Society from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
New education garden at PCC Rock Creek
On a sunny, warm afternoon in June, the Washington County Master Gardener Association (WCMGA), led by Susan Albright and Sue Ryburn with a dedicated team of Master Gardeners, the PCC Rock Creek Landscape Technology Program along with PCC President, Sandra Fowler-Hill and Karen Sanders, Division Dean celebrated the groundbreaking of an Education Garden at Portland Community College at Rock Creek. They were joined by several sponsor organizations that worked collaboratively for two years to implement the plan. There has long been a strong partnership between PCC locations and OSU Extension Service. This is the first Extension garden on a PCC campus site. All parties want to thank Weston Miller, OSU Extension Horticulture faculty, for his great support along the way.

This unique collaboration allows the organizations whose core focus is education and outreach to the public, to work together on common areas of interest. The garden is designed as a learning lab with educational stations that provide information to the public about sustainable gardening practices, seating areas are incorporated for visitors to relax and reflect. Native bee nesting stations will be installed throughout the garden with some at lower height for viewing by children. The hope is for other PCC programs to use the site as a learning lab for the sciences and the arts.

The garden layout was designed by Beth Benz, Northwest Garden Design Consulting LLC. Beth collaborated with the Master Gardeners offering expertise in the selection and placement of plants to fit major themes and to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing design.

Planting this summer will include “Garden Classrooms” for a Waterwise Garden,
Pollinator and Insect Habitat Garden, and a Fragrance Garden. Also included will be a wide selection of trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate. It is accessible during PCC Rock Creek hours (Monday-Saturday 7 AM-10:30 PM).

Garden care will be provided by Master Gardener volunteers, though the public is
welcome. For the garden work schedule, educational and upcoming Master Gardener events visit their website .
Cottonwood 4-H Youth Entrepreneurs launch their businesses!
After months of hard work, the 7th grade Cottonwood 4-H Youth Entrepreneurs launched their
businesses with great success!

Twenty-four youth in the Cottonwood 4-H Youth Entrepreneurs program broke into four business teams. They worked diligently over the past six months to develop their business ideas, conduct market research, and develop their business plans.

In April, they participated in the 4-H Youth Entrepreneurs Summit on Oregon State University campus where they pitched their business plan to the Oregon
4-H Foundation and the OSU College of Business. After the teams made successful pitches, each was awarded a small 4-H business loan.

The teams went to work purchasing supplies, collecting product inventory and launching their marketing plans. The Grand Opening for the teams was on
June 7. They were amazed that in just two days, they nearly sold out of all products and brought in over $700.

The youth teams will continue running their businesses over the summer in their
neighborhoods. "Way to go everyone" said Maureen Hosty, Multnomah County 4-H faculty who leads special 4-H initiatives in Multnomah County. "Congratulations on your success!"
The youth businesses are:
Bounce - bouncy balls for all
Mira Luxury Goods – unique fashionable products that protect what you own and connect to your interests
Bath Potions - A company to relax and make happiness for the customer for just a small price
Customization Jewelry Station – customized quality jewelry from recycled jewelry
GARDENING
Know what your plants need before fertilizing!

'In a perfect world, garden plants would feed themselves. As it is, we’ve got to help them along sometimes.'

Click Here for information on how and when to fertilize your plants.
RECIPES
This month we are celebrating the summer season with a Berry Blast Off!

This quick and wholesome four ingredient recipe is great for breakfast, dessert, or just anytime!

Click Here for the link and kick off summer right with this delicious treat.
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