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Sherwood spring break camp Alice Phillips, Washington County 4-H educator showed Maddie how changing the propeller shape creates more wind energy.
April 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
Congratulations 2019 Master Gardeners!

This winter, 190-plus were welcomed to the 2019 metro-area, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener™ Training. Classes were held in 3 locations around the metro region, Hillsboro, Oregon City, and Portland.

Weed identification during Master Gardener training.

Taught by OSU Extension Service staff and horticultural experts, students studied botany, soil, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, vegetables, small fruits, and ornamental landscaping.

This spring, after completing the 7-weeks of in-person classes and online-modules, trainees will now dig deeper by attending hands-on workshops. To complete their training and become a certified OSU Master Gardener, students will volunteer as garden educators teaching home gardeners how to
successfully and sustainably garden.

You can find OSU Master Gardener volunteers sharing proven gardening techniques and advise at area Farmer’s Markets, community events, public and community gardens throughout the metro area.

Have Gardening Questions? You can also reach Master Gardeners at our office hotlines via email, phone or dropping into the office. For locations, hours, and contact info go to our website . Interested in our 2020 OSU Master Gardener training? Sign-up to be notified when registration opens.

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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 LaRue Williams
by Stephanie Haugen

LaRue Williams grew up with no worries, running through fields and gardens in the fresh air outside Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. She remembers being outside and feeling “like the whole world was wide open,” Williams said. “I had a wonderful childhood.”

Williams has since dedicated her career to bringing that delight to thousands of children across the country, and most recently as Director at Oregon Child Development Coalition in Washington County. Working with children since she was a teenager, Williams has had a clear grasp of her calling from early on. “It’s all I’ve ever done,” she said. Click here to read more about LaRue Williams.
Spring break STEM fun for Sherwood students

Last week twelve Sherwood and Laurel Ridge Middle School students attended the 4-H Spring Into Action day camp. In partnership with Sherwood School District, Oregon State University 4-H Youth Development offered the day camp at no cost to students at Sherwood Middle School.
Alexa and her teammates compete in an entrepreneurship challenge of making a product with recycled materials and creating an elevator pitch.
From making bath bombs, tie dying aprons and cooking to deconstructing tennis shoes, youth engaged in hands-on learning experiences all week. On Wednesday, students and 4-H faculty traveled to Fort Stevens, OR to learn more about Oregon’s coast and beaches. Together, five 4-H faculty, two 4-H volunteers, and
five trained 4-H Teen Camp Counselors shared their expertise in natural resources, engineering, sustainability, entrepreneurship and helped create a safe and fun environment to learn!
UPCOMING 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
and ideas to inspire!

PCC Rock Creek Campus
17705 NW Springville Road, Portland

Let Washington County Master Gardeners™ welcome and inspire you! Offering perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs and more for flower-filled gardens and bountiful harvests.

-inspiring plant combination ideas from our new Education Garden
-practical knowledge on plants, garden care, and diagnosing problems
-ask garden questions of our experts
-upcoming gardening classes
-kid’s activities and gardener gifts
Click here for more information.
Free Weed Watcher Workshops
Concerned about invasive weeds?

Talk with weed experts.
• Discover how to help.
• Learn from live samples.
• Free field ID book.
• Bring in mystery plants for identification.


4/24 from 6-8pm Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District Office
4/30 from 6-8pm PCC Rock Creek Campus
5/8 from 6-8pm City of Tigard Public Works Auditorium
5/14 from 6-8pm Pacific University McGill Auditorium
5/21 from 6-8pm St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Click here for more information!
Climate Change for Nature Lovers
May 4, 2019 from 9:30 - 11:30am
Andreas Schmittner-Boesch, a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, will discuss the impacts of climate change.

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
19255 SW Pacific Hwy
Sherwood, OR 97140
GARDENING
No need for tears if you plant onions soon
Get onions in the ground in spring and avoid heartbreak when it comes time to harvest big, beautiful bulbs this summer. Plant as soon as the soil is dry enough to work, said Jim Myers, a plant breeder at Oregon State University. March and April are prime times. Click here to read the full article.
Mason bees go to work early in the season before honey bees emerge
For mason bees, the wait for their first meal is a long one, nine months or more while they wait for the day to emerge, sun themselves a bit and fly off for an awaited meal.

Click here to read the full article.
RECIPES
This month we are spicing things up with

Tasty and nutritious, follow the recipe as is or go rogue and add in your own favorite toppings! Delicious the day of or even better as a leftover.
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:
Suspicious Objects
Bomb threats, suspicious objects, and bombs are meant to disrupt normal activities and cause fear in populations. With pre-planning, you can remain calm and be knowledgeable of what to do in order to part of an effective response. Download the poster here .
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