Learn To Grow Veggies With Master Gardeners

Posted January 10, 2021 at 4:30 am by

By Caitlin Blethen, WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er Pro­gram Coordinator 

Join the San Juan Coun­ty Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­ers for two free com­mu­ni­ty webi­na­rs explor­ing how to suc­cess­ful­ly grow your own food.

Dr. Car­ol Miles and Dr. Lin­da Gilke­son will spend two hours each on two sep­a­rate Tues­days, review­ing the basics of food gardening.

These events have been gen­er­ous­ly spon­sored by the Orcas Island Gar­den Club and the Lopez Island Gar­den Club. Reg­is­ter ear­ly for each webi­nar as reg­is­tra­tion is limited.

Sustainable Vegetable Production

The first online event called “Sus­tain­able Veg­etable Pro­duc­tion” is from 1–3 p.m., Tues­day, Jan. 26. Reg­is­ter here for this free Zoom webinar.

Veg­etable crop sci­en­tist, Dr. Car­ol Miles will explain how to plan, plant and get the most out of your food gar­den. She will dis­cuss site loca­tion, how to decide what to grow, when and how to plant and year-round gardening.

Dr. Miles is a Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Veg­etable Hor­ti­cul­ture at Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty and is the Inter­im Direc­tor of the Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty Mount Ver­non North­west­ern Wash­ing­ton Research and Exten­sion Cen­ter. Car­ol has diverse inter­na­tion­al expe­ri­ences both grow­ing up and in her ear­ly career where she has lived in sub­sis­tence agri­cul­ture com­mu­ni­ties in places such as Pana­ma, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Malawi and Tanzania.

Car­ol received her B.S. in Bio-Agri­cul­tur­al Sci­ence from Col­orado State Uni­ver­si­ty and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Veg­etable Crops from the Depart­ment of Fruit and Veg­etable Sci­ence at Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty. Carol’s goal has been to work with farm­ers to cre­ate sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion sys­tems that pro­vide a source of well-being to both the fam­i­ly and the community.

Cut Your Losses: Managing Pests and Diseases in Your Food Garden

The sec­ond event, titled “Cut Your Loss­es: Man­ag­ing Pests and Dis­eases in Your Food Gar­den” is from 1–3 p.m., Tues­day, Feb. 2. Reg­is­ter here for this free Zoom webi­nar.

Dr. Lin­da Gilke­son, well known PNW ento­mol­o­gist and gar­den book author will dis­cuss how to iden­ti­fy, pre­vent and man­age com­mon pests and dis­eases of veg­eta­bles and fruit using organ­ic meth­ods. Tips for deal­ing with com­mon prob­lems, such as aphids, late blight on toma­to, root mag­gots, and the lat­est on man­ag­ing recent­ly intro­duced pests will be shared.

Dr. Gilke­son earned a Ph.D. in Ento­mol­o­gy from McGill Uni­ver­si­ty in 1986 and then moved to British Colum­bia to work for a com­pa­ny that pro­duces bio­log­i­cal con­trols. From 1991 to 2002 she worked for the provin­cial gov­ern­ment, pro­mot­ing pro­grams to reduce and elim­i­nate pes­ti­cide use. She was head of the provin­cial State of Envi­ron­ment Report­ing Unit for the next six years, then the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Salt Spring Island Con­ser­van­cy until the end of 2011.

Lin­da now devotes her time to writ­ing, teach­ing and con­sult­ing. Lin­da is the author of “Back­yard Boun­ty: The Com­plete Guide to Year-Round Organ­ic Gar­den­ing in the Pacif­ic North­west,” the beloved and best-sell­ing guide to veg­etable gar­den suc­cess, “Resilient Gar­dens in a Chang­ing Cli­mate”, and “West Coast Gar­den­ing:  Nat­ur­al Insect, Weed and Dis­ease Con­trol”, among oth­er self-pub­lished books.

The WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er Pro­gram is a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized pro­gram that trains vol­un­teers to serve their com­mu­ni­ties through hor­ti­cul­tur­al edu­ca­tion and out­reach. Once vol­un­teers receive train­ing, they pro­vide research-based, edu­ca­tion­al infor­ma­tion to the pub­lic on veg­etable and fruit gar­den­ing, native plants, orna­men­tals and land­scape main­te­nance, com­post­ing, plant prob­lem diag­no­sis, pest con­trol, and many oth­er con­cerns. For more infor­ma­tion about San Juan Coun­ty WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­ers vis­it https://extension.wsu.edu/sanjuan/ or email mg.sanjuancounty@wsu.edu.

Rea­son­able accom­mo­da­tions will be made for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and spe­cial needs who con­tact the WSU San Juan Coun­ty Exten­sion office at 360–370- 7663 or mg.sanjuancounty@wsu.edu two weeks pri­or to the event.

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