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Fundraising Assistant Internship

Are you interested in learning more about the world of nonprofit fundraising?


Join us at the Edible Corvallis Initiative, a project of the Corvallis Environmental Center, January through March in 2012, as a Fundraising Intern. Earn OSU or LBCC intern/service learning credit! (Check with your advisor to see if your degree program accepts internship credits.)


Work directly with the Director of the Edible Corvallis Initiative in fundraising development. Research models of effective and successful small and large donor campaigns. Collect detailed information about funding opportunities locally and nationally. Draft donation request letters and other documents for fundraising purposes.


Download an application to print and complete HERE.

Contact Jena at jena@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org if you have questions about the application process. Contact Jen Brown at jen@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org if you have questions about the Fundraising Assistant Internship.

its been a while...

Yes, it been a while hasn't it? How have you all been doing? Ready for the season? Christmas is just around the corner and I'm pretty excited. I already can't wait to start watching Christmas movies, roasting chestnuts and trimming the tree. Who's with me? These three treats aren't quite christmas but good nothing less. As excited as I am about it this year it's still a tad too early for me. One of my Aunts who adores Christmas put up her tree and I'm sure decorations too before halloween was even over! Intense.

tri-colour tomatoes and goat cheese on bread
1 loaf rustic bread (ie, cabatta or sour dough) 3-4 vine tomatoes in different colours, sliced 2 tbsp olive oil (plus extra for frying, optional) 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar 1 tsp sesame oil 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 clove garlic goat cheese for spreading salt and pepper to taste
Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sesame oil and mix. On a large plate lay sliced tomatoes and drizzle over dressing. Toast br…

Volunteer Appreciation Fun!

On Saturday, October 15th, we had a lovely gathering at SAGE of staff and volunteers from the Farm to School and SAGE garden programs. Hula hoops were made and hula-ed. Donated bagels, snacks, and coffee were enjoyed. Conversations and smiles were shared.





THANK YOU to Dutch Bros coffee, Noah's bagels, and Trader Joe's

for their generous support of donated items!


Volunteers "grow" our community programs focused on nutrition education, gardening, and feeding the hungry. Thank you so much!!!! You are all so vital.

Look for another opportunity to join us and other volunteers for a Volunteer Appreciation Gathering in 2012!

Happy eating...and hula-ing,


YOUNG FARMER MIXER

Love the intro-to-farming you got this summer at SAGE? Been dying to break into the vibrant young-farmer-social-scene in Corvallis? Having trouble getting your farming act together? Check out the Young Farmer & Food Artisan Mixer:
The Greenhorns Oregon Premier at
the Mary's River Grange Hall in Philomath, Oregon on
Thursday, October 20. 6:00pm

Young Farmer and Food Artisan Mixer
Sponsored by OSU Small Farms Program
Supported by The Greenhorns

This is your big chance to get together and connect with Farmer and Food types from around our region. Us farmers can talk each others' ears off all night long, but this time we're inviting all the young chefs and cheesmongers, bakers and brewers so we can have a big time! Chat apples with the cider folks. Make connections to source and sell your produce. Talk land rent. Slow money. Swap stories from the barn to the kitchen. Eat a big 'ol bowl of fall harvest soup and plop a Burnheimer sausage in it. Mop up the juice with a h…

summer/winter?

With the colder weather on the way or at some points already here. Roasting up some hearty goodness is a must this cold season. Who's with me? But I realize now that I'm writing this we are in the mists of an indian summer. So this somehow doesn't seem quite fitting. Just last week the coldness was enough to think summer was officially over forever, but here we are with gorgeous sunny warm breezy days. Really though, who doesn't love a good roast winter or summer? And what better way to finish off a meal of such? Eton mess. First time making/trying and quite possibly may be my favorite new dessert.

roasted pear and pork
1 3 lb boneless pork loin 3 pears, halved 1 bulb garlic, broken apart, 1 clove finely chopped 1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp pepper a few sprigs each of thyme and rosemary sesame oil or olive oil for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Coat the cutting board with the salt, pepper and chopped garlic. Roll the pork along the board to coat. In a pan on medium high heat…

We love SAGE volunteers!

Please join us at the Starker Arts Garden for Education for a morning to celebrate YOU! Directions here!
Get to know other Edible Corvallis Initiative volunteers and celebrate a season of growth of the SAGE garden and the Corvallis Farm to School program!

RSVP to SAGE@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org or by calling (541) 753-9211 so that we can estimate how much food & hoops to have available! Hope you can make it.

Bee All You Can Bee: A Pollinator Primer

As part of the Living with Nature Lecture Series, Greenbelt Land Trust presents:

“Bee All You Can Bee: A Pollinator Primer ”
Bruce Newhouse, Ecologist and Principal, Salix Assoc
Wednesday, October 12th @ 7 pm
Corvallis Downtown Public Library, Main Meeting Room

In this presentation, learn about pollination and its importance, pollination biology, some of our fascinating pollinators, and how you can "bee" helpful in keeping our local pollinators thriving.

SAGE Documentary

A big thank you to Sustainable Agriculture intern Marinna Guzy for putting together this documentary about the Starker Arts Garden for Education this summer! She really captured the heart of the garden's mission and connected wonderfully with our community volunteers.

To Grow Box - the inside scoop!

For three years SAGE has been offering a 6-week garden-education workshop for low-income individuals and families called "To Grow Box." Participants in the class come out to the garden once a week to learn all the ins-and-outs of growing fresh food and cooking from the garden. Childcare is provided, though many of the kids help with the harvesting and some of the cooking! All of the families and individuals take home a box or bag of fresh veggies to use during the week. On of the participants submitted her inspiring To Grow Box story for us to share with you:
"If you are interested in feeding fresh and nutritious produce to yourself and your family, the 'To Grow Box' program at SAGE is for you.
Every Wednesday evening for six weeks, I learned some kind of skill that would help me garden at home. I worked in the SAGE garden, ate a meal with produce picked that evening, and harvested food for myself.
The first week, I took home less than three pounds of food—main…

Day of Caring at SAGE/September 23, 2011

We had a wonderful day at SAGE today as volunteers from OSU and HP arrived in the early morning fog and worked hard till nearly noon, finishing the garden chores in the hot sun. I am sending a big Thank You! shout out to all of these volunteers who gave us their time and hard work to harvest veggies, redo the paths with chips before the wet weather comes, to weed and dig and haul everything over to Mt. Weedmore for composting!
Your generous gift of labor sent nearly 200 pounds of fresh organic veggies to the South Corvallis Food Bank and to our neighbors, the Old Mill Center. And...after all that work - you all told me and intern Izzy and volunteer Karen how much fun you had and how much you enjoyed the garden!! Your rock my garden world....thanks again, Pam

Harvest time

Greetings, SAGE fans!

SAGE is full to the brim with fresh ripe veggies - heirloom tomatoes, brightly colored peppers, hearty greens, sturdy squash and more!

If you have a free hour, drop by SAGE this Friday or on Monday (September 19th) between 9 am and 11 am to help out with the harvest!

The harvest is truly one of the most enjoyable times at SAGE - try some tastes of the garden's bounty and marvel at the amount of the healthy foods that we are providing for emergency food agencies in Corvallis! All of the veggies will be delivered to the South Corvallis Food Bank and Stone Soup.

See you at SAGE!

Supper at SAGE

Join us for a benefit for the Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE) and the Corvallis Farm to School Program
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2011 4:30 - 8:30 pm
WHERE: SAGE at the Bruce Starker Arts Park 
SW 45th Place and Country Club Drive

Tour the SAGE garden, create your own appetizer pizza with fresh veggies, enjoy hors d'oeuvres created by Intaba of Fireworks Restaurant and sample a delightful selection of Tyee wines. Enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by JC Mersmann of Gathering Together Farm. Enjoy a demonstration Tasting Table with fresh apples and hard cider samples from 2 Towns Ciderhouse! Top off the evening with a selection of locally crafted artisan desserts from Le Patissier and Rocket Queen Cupcakes.
Support the Edible Corvallis Initiative's programs and the promotion of sustainable agriculture, feeding the hungry, and bringing healthy local foods into our homes and schools.


Event tickets are $55 Tickets are available here or by phone at 541 753 9211 

Visit our website fo…

Welcome, Amoreena!

Welcome to the latest addition to the Edible Corvallis Initiative, Amoreena Treff!  The Corvallis Environmental Center is excited be to hosting one of the first FoodCorps members serving in Oregon.  She will be splitting her time between the Corvallis Farm to School program and the School Garden Project in Eugene, tackling a wide variety of food issues and helping make farm-to-fork connections with thousands of youth in the Willamette Valley.  In Corvallis, Amoreena will be helping to establish a farm-fresh cooking club, reinvigorate a farm field trip program, and will also help promote the Tasting Table program in all 9 Corvallis elementary schools. During the summer she will assist with the delivery of Edible Summer Camp programming at the Starker Arts Garden for Education. Amoreena will also be working in Eugene, where she will be assisting in several school gardens while providing hands-on garden-based education classes. Amoreena’s background in youth education, emerging…

Garden's looking very green...

Here are some photos from a recent afternoon at SAGE:
 corn & calendula grow side by side  sunflowers over 6 feet tall  Melissa emerges from the bean & cherry tomato tunnel zinnias & sweet peas in bloom  these green tomatoes are looking for some sun
 our scarecrow keeps watch over the water garden
Come and see the beautiful growth at SAGE firsthand on Tuesdays between 4 and 7 pm. Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

Fall Internship Opportunities

Know someone looking to gain work experience in the environmental non-profit sector? We have 3 to 4 internship openings this fall! Interns at the Edible Corvallis Initiative take on meaningful work and gain the opportunity to learn more about the local food system, sustainable agriculture, food justice, and outreach work. Over the last year we have had the opportunity to work with some amazing interns at the SAGE garden and with the Farm to School program.

This fall we are seeking candidates who are interested in learning more about small scale farming and working with volunteers for our Sustainable Agriculture Internship. We are also looking for a creative candidate who is excited about designing outreach materials for our Farm to School program and SAGE for the Edible Corvallis Design Internship. We are currently accepting fall internship applications for the following positions:

Edible Corvallis Design Intern
Sustainable Agriculture Intern

The application window for fall internships wi…

A Community Garden Celebration for Everyone!

Thursday, September 1st 3-7PM  at the SAGE Garden in Starker Arts Park
(Just off of Country Club Road and 45th St  Click here for directions)
Enjoy tours of the Dunawi Creek Community Garden and the SAGE educational garden; informational tables and fresh food from the garden.  Learn about community gardens and the work that is being done to bring about more community gardens in Corvallis.
This is a program of the Community Garden Master Plan project called "Fresh Food For Your Family."  A team of committed individuals has been working with Corvallis Parks and Rec to develop a Master Plan to be used for developing more community gardens in Corvallis.  

This event is for you if:  - you want to learn more about community gardens and what they are; or
 - you are an avid supporter of community gardens  - you would like to learn how to get more fresh food for your family or neighbors.

Come for a little or awhile.   If you can't attend please be sure to get your name added t…

pecan and thyme peach cobbler

First things first. Sorry for the long hiatus here on the blog. Summer's been busy and I haven't baked a whole lot, plus the heat this year was a little outrageous and seriously the furthest thing on my mind was turing on the oven. But now that cooler weather is approaching I'll be able to get myself back into the kitchen and share some goods and goodies with you all. I really have missed it.

Peaches are ripe right now and what better thing to do with them is bake them into something just a little bit special. So why not make a peach cobbler? I made this for three reasons. One, I had a lot of peaches. Second I was told I should make it and third well... I have never made it before. Those are pretty good reasons to give it a go right? I think so.

Verdict? It didn't look quite as I hoped but it did taste pretty darn good and that's all that matters right? Right.



Is there anything you cool people want to see on the blog for future posts? Let me know what you'd…

Are We Patients or Consumers?

"[There is] no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well." F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby"Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick." Susan Sontag, Illmess as MetaphorAdvocates of consumer-driven health care contend that patients are consumers of health care and that choice of insurance plan forms the basis of a successful health care model. In their seminal book Redefining Health Care, Porter and Teisberg argue that CDHC champions err by focusing on consumer choice rather than value-driven care as the primary economic driver of competition in health care.

The question of whether we are patients or consumers need not be considered in such binary fashion, writes George Annas in The Rights of Patients: The Authoritative ACLU Guide to Patient Rights. The word "patient," Annas says, "...is the best term to describe an indi…

Job Opening: ECI Outreach Coordinator

The Corvallis Environmental Center is hiring a part-time Outreach Coordinator for the Edible Corvallis Initiative. The Edible Corvallis Initiative is working to support a sustainable food system in Corvallis. Our key programs are the Corvallis Farm to School Program, the Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE) and two community gardens.

The Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the ECI Director and program managers/coordinators to promote and generate community-based support for our programs.

Click here to read the full position description!


Botanical Illustration Workshop

Update: Botanical Illustration is now full. Thank you for your interest!


Botanical Illustration

Instructor: Rebecca Waterhouse
Saturday, August 27
2 pm – 4 pm
Price: $7 – $14 (sliding scale donation)

Rebecca will be leading a painting workshop with SAGE’s garden bounty as the subject!  Basic plant anatomy will be covered to give a better understanding to inform illustrations. She will be leading discussion of botanical illustration and will be instructing and advising during the painting portion of the class.

Rebecca will be teaching in watercolor during the painting portion – colored pencils will also be available for participants interested in drawing. This class is open to both children and adult participants!  Registration limited to 12 and the workshop is currently at capacity. We hope you'll join us next year!




Square Foot Gardening

Marinna Guzy is one of the 7 interns working with the Edible Corvallis Initiative this summer. She one of our fabulous Sustainable Agriculture interns, and is learning more about cultivating veggies and community while simultaneously working on a documentary about SAGE! Marinna has also been working in the demonstration garden, focusing in on the Square Foot Gardens that Chloe got started this spring. Here's what she's had to say about her time working with the Square Foot Garden:


"Each Sustainable Agriculture Intern is required to undertake a growing project. Basically, all an intern is required to do is grow something. When faced with this very open-ended project, I decided to take over an existing project leftover from the previous term: two square foot garden plots. Little did I know that this would prove to be as informative and bountiful (in terms of veggies and knowledge) as it has been. As part of this experience I was required to read a definitive account of the …

tomato workshop this saturday

community and SAGE

Keith Fortenbach is one of the 7 interns working with the Edible Corvallis Initiative this summer. He spends most of his time out at the Starker Arts Garden for Education, getting involved in our volunteer program and learning more about small-scale farming and gardening as one of three Sustainable Agriculture Interns. He's an engineering student at OSU and was in the Navy for 5 years! We asked him to share a bit about his experience so far, and he chose to share the sense of community that he has come to know while working out at SAGE.

"Community. It is amazing the sense of community I get from being involved with SAGE. I meet volunteers who are excited to work here. People who are just curious about the garden walk up and I get to tell them a little bit about SAGE and show them what we grow and have them try a sweet pea. I get to meet people who are incredibly knowledgeable and experienced and passionate about gardening, which makes me feel like what I am doing is wor…

Composting Workshop - sign up today!

It's high time to turn your attention to that sad, unloved compost pile you've had stewing in your backyard.

Should you want to compost your chicken manure before you heap it on your garden? Is it your browns or greens that are lacking? Why hasn't that cornstalk broken down yet? How are you keeping vermin away from your pile? Get these questions answered and learn more about the art and science of composting with Linda Brewer, a resident expert on soil nutrient recycling, on August 13th. Register now as the class may fill!


Composting 101

Instructor: Linda Brewer of the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University
Saturday, August 13
9 am – 11:30 am
Price: free ($5 – $10 suggested donation)
Linda is a certified professional soil scientist who has taught composting and domestic organic waste management throughout the Willamette Valley since 1991. Come learn the art and science of backyard composting! This workshop will be focused on food waste, yard debris, an…

SAGE honey takes top prize!

Congratulations to the SAGE bees - their honey won the top award at the Benton County Fair last weekend! The SAGE honey has a beautiful light amber hue, with an awesome balance of floral and citrus flavor. It tastes great in mint tea!

Thank you Karessa for all of your initiative and your busy buzzing work with the SAGE hives! Benton County Fair judges and the bees clearly agree - you are the beekeeper of our dreams. To learn more about Karessa's world of beekeeping and to snag her secrets for award-winning honey, check out her great blog, Apicurious!

The crimson clover that covered the SAGE beds this spring provided lots of the raw material to the bees for this delicious honey! Karessa also believes that the "nectar sources grown pesticide- and herbicide-free at SAGE are to thank for both the quality of the honey and the robust health of the bees there."


Workshop: Gardening on a Budget

Gardening on a Budget
Saturday, July 30
2 pm – 3 pm
Instructor: Rachel Karasick of the Edible Corvallis Initiative
Price: free ($5-$10 suggested donation)
Want to grow your own veggies, but worried about the impact it will have on your wallet? Join us as we learn about low-cost ways to start seeds, inexpensive gardening resources, and building container gardens out of reused materials. Every participant will take home newspaper pots seeded with herbs! Be ready to swap ideas on free or low-cost gardening resources in Corvallis.

Food Action Team potluck at SAGE

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition's Food Action Team? Join us for a potluck picnic at SAGE on August 15th!

Celebrate local food and our collective efforts toward “60% local by 2020!
Guests should bring:
- a blanket to sit on
- a local dish to share (main dish, salad, or dessert) - reusable plate/utensils/napkin/water bottle

We’ll provide:
- cups and beverages

Monday, August 15th, 6-8pmStarker Arts Garden for Education, SAGE
The SAGE Garden is located at 45th Place and Country Club Drive in the Starker City Park. Directions here. RSVP to local6emily@gmail.com
A Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Food Action Team Event

Pepper planting today!

The summer may finally be here... celebrate its long-awaited arrival by getting started with our weekly volunteer work parties at S.A.G.E! Our work parties are open to all - whether you were born with a trowel in your hand or if you've never planted a seed, we welcome you to come out and get involved. Our work parties are from 4 pm to 7 on Tuesday afternoons, and from 9 am to noon on Saturday mornings.Come on over this afternoon after 4! We'll be planting peppers, pulling pigweed, and making thistle-tea-fertilizer!

Beekeeping Workshop

BeekeepingBasics
Saturday, July 23
9 am – noon
Instructor:Karessa Torgerson ofApicurious
Price: $20 – $30 (sliding scale donation)

Buzzing to learn more about beekeeping? In this workshop, Karessa will be covering the beekeeping basics: equipment, biology, environment, and an introduction to pests and diseases  – which is vital to understand the current issues about bee health. There will be hands on work with the SAGE hives, and all workshop attendees will gain support and information to get started with beekeeping, including information on local resources, groups, and programs.

Class size is limited to 8 participants. Registration is required for this workshop – sign uphere!

Stories from the Field: Veggie Fest

Here's the latest update from theAmeriCorps NCCCteam currently serving at SAGE. Through this series of blog posts (each written by a different member of the team) we hope to provide you with an inside look at AmeriCorps NCCC and the service experiences the team is encountering atSAGE, the Corvallis Environmental Center, and with our 11 partner organizations in Benton County. Our third service story comes from Christine Beste, originally from Delware, who is one of seven members on the team and also serves as the Project Outreach Liaison on the team:


"My Russian Teacher always told me I belonged in Oregon. After spending about two months here, I am not ready to leave. The community has been so welcoming and supportive of everything the team has done while in Corvallis. When Blue Six was presented with our fourth round and last AmeriCorps project I remember how excited everyone was for Oregon, variation in our daily projects, working outside, and getting to hang out with kids. T…

Winter Gardening Workshop

Hoping to harvest fresh winter squash and hearty greens all winter long? Need tips on growing through the winter? Join us for a winter garden seed starting workshop at S.A.G.E this Saturday!


Winter Gardening – Seed Starting
Saturday, July 16
1 – 3 pm
Instructor: Pam DeWolfe of Starker Arts Garden for Education
Price: $5 – $10 (sliding scale donation)

Learn the seed starting ABC’s for fall and winter veggies. Get your hands dirty in the garden and take home some winter veggie starts. Join us to seed winter veggies into cell packs - participants will be taking the packs home to grow on.  We will provide cell packs, soil, and seed, and labels. Registration for this workshop is optional.

Stories from the Field: Linn Benton Food Share & Gleaners

Here's the latest update from theAmeriCorps NCCCteam currently serving at SAGE. Through this series of blog posts (each written by a different member of the team) we hope to provide you with an inside look at AmeriCorps NCCC and the service experiences the team is encountering atSAGE, the Corvallis Environmental Center, and with our 11 partner organizations in Benton County. Our third service story comes from Danielle Jettoo, originally from New York, who is one of seven members on the team and also serves as a Corps Ambassador on the team:
"I want to say that this was the best week ever, but then I would be lying. This is because every week is the best week ever. This week, however, was especially amazing because we worked with the Gleaners at the Linn Benton Food Share! Pre-Corvallis, I had no idea what a Food Share was, let alone Gleaners. Come to find out, Gleaners are individuals that pick up excess food from farmers and grocery stores and distribute it to needy indi…

all about the pie

Today over the web a virtual pie party is happening. For my contribution to pie day I went with the classic's. Sadly I don't have any recipes to share for this one. They were kind of a mix of a few different recipes I found in a cookbook and online. I will leave you though with an recipe for apple pie I tried a while back from here.
Happy pie day!