Oregon State University Extension Service
METRO CONNECTION
March 2019
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.
Master Gardener Hours:
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
Extension in Portland
4-H; Family and Community Health Programs only
4-H member Jasmine White honored with Oregon Spirit of Community Award
Jasmine White, 13, of Beaverton was named one of two Oregon top youth volunteers of 2019 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

As a state honoree, Jasmine will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C, where she will join the top two honorees from the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America's top youth volunteers of 2019. Click here to read the full story. Click here to watch the news story. Click here to read the full press release.
We are happy to highlight a member of our Regional Extension Citizen Advisory Network (RECAN). These are community leaders and partners with a variety of interests that align with Extension programs and goals. RECAN members are the ears from the community that help Extension serve our community more effectively, efficiently and respond to community needs. We are very appreciative of their service and advocacy on behalf of Extension.
We'd like you to meet Bruce Bartlett
Bruce Bartlett’s interest in food, community and giving back spur him to take on various volunteer roles, including accepting a role representing Washington County on the Oregon State University Extension Service RECAN Committee member since the Advisory Council began in 2012.

Bartlett brings his experience in the Community Participation Organization (CPO) to RECAN. For 20 years, he has been part of his local volunteer-led CPO that meets to discuss county topics including transportation, public health, safety, local policy, schools, libraries and more. Click here to read more about Bruce!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Tree School Clackamas is March 23
Registration is open so sign up soon if you wish to attend. Click here to register!
Spring Break Events for Kids
Come to the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center for spring break activities March 25 - 29.

Click here for the Spring Break schedule of events.

Click here for the March schedule of events.
Soil School 2019
Saturday April 13th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learn about soil structure and testing, principles of soil health, permaculture, rebuilding soils, sustainable landscape design, plant problem diagnosis, and non-chemical pest management.
Click here for for information.
Gardenfest Plant Sale
Saturday April 27th 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
-Thousands of plants expertly selected for the PNW!
-Ideas to inspire!
-Learn from the experts!
Click here for more information.
GARDENING
Identify the problem before treating a struggling plant
When you’ve got a plant that looks a little, or a lot, in distress, don’t start trying to fix it until you know the problem. It could be a simple glitch like not giving it enough water or putting a sun-loving plant in the shade. Click here to read the full article.
What gardeners should consider before using pesticides- even organic ones
Reaching for a pesticide, even an organic one, should be a thoughtful act. Nothing used to kill pests is risk-free. Click here to read the full article.
RECIPES
This month we are staying warm with an Italian Veggie Soup.

Easy and versatile, this recipe is a great as is or mix it up and add your own twist on vegetables and spice level. Leftovers reheat well- that is if you have any!
Food Hero is your go-to site for quick, tasty, healthy recipes and helpful tips. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you'll find something new for your family to enjoy . Visit the Food Hero website today!
Emergency Preparedness Topic:
Food in Emergencies
Read about the pros and cons of different emergency foods. Know your options and get tips so you can be prepared! Download the poster here .
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