Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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—mainly because I wasn’t sure about what I would eat, how much I would eat, and whether I would be interested in cooking this stuff for myself. By the last class, five weeks later, I was taking home triple the amount of food and was cooking more meals at home. Opening a can of tuna was replaced by potato and kale soup, and tortilla chips from the bag were replaced by kale chips that I made for myself.

I’ve eaten fresh lettuce, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, and garlic, and been amazed at the taste—what a difference from store-stale produce! I learned to garden in containers, even sampled some edible weeds, and made new friends.

Thank you, Rachel and Pam, for including me in the program and for increasing my passion for gardening and for eating local, fresh, tasty produce!"

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

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!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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 for more information!




Supper at SAGE is proudly sponsored by:
Keystone: Slow Food Corvallis & Stahlbush Island Farms
Champion: Korvis Automation, Tyee Wine Cellars, Afton Field Farm, South Corvallis Food Bank, and Gathering Together Farm
Advocate: Good Samaritan, Special Occasions, Fireworks Restaurant, Rocket Queen Cupcakes, and Denison Farms
Supporter: Oregon Tilth, First Alternative Co-op, and Organic Valley
Friend: Laughing Planet, Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Market and Ten Rivers Food Web

Interested in becoming a supporting sponsor of Supper at SAGE? Please contact Rachel for more info.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Welcome, Amoreena!

Welcome to the latest addition to the Edible Corvallis Initiative, Amoreena TreffThe 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 food business programs, and her experience with community gardening will serve her well in this position. We're excited to have her on board!

Friday, September 2, 2011

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 with the Edible Corvallis Initiative ends on Friday, September 16th. Fall internships begin in September and run through late November. If you have questions about the internship positions, please check out the Guidelines & Information page, or contact Rachel at (541) 753-9211 or Rachel@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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 to the email list for updates on the Community Garden Master Plan.

If you have questions contact:
Megan M. Patton-Lopez, EdM., RD  Benton County Health Department