Planting seeds for good food, healthy people

Spring 2015

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Gardening Basics –

Portsmouth Neighborhood

In this extensive two part workshop, participants will learn to plan, implement and care for a healthy, affordable, and sustainable garden. Part 1 covers site selection, soil health, raised bed installation, plant families, garden planning and planting. Part 2 covers water efficiency, pest and weed management, harvesting, composting and winterization. Participants are encouraged, but not required to sign up for both parts. 

Presenter Information: Amy Sidran is a Horticulture teacher at Fort Vancouver High School in Vancouver, WA. She runs a commercial greenhouse and small organic farm on the property. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Natural Resource Management and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. She was an Agriculture Extension Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Bolivia from 1999-2000. Later she became an intern with John Jeavons at Ecology Action in Willits, CA learning how to grow biointensively. After leaving Ecology Action she worked on small farms before becoming Assistant Manager of a 20 acre Biodynamic CSA in upstate New York and has since completed her Masters of Arts in Education. She has been the Horticulture teacher at FVHS for the last 6 years. She believes that everyone should know how to grow their own food whether it be in containers on the apartment balcony or in the garden. She now has small diverse farm in SW WA where she is raising her 4 year old daughter along with chickens, pigs, dogs, and sells her produce directly to the community.


Introduction to Chicken Keeping – Click here to sign up!

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Reed Neighborhood

Learn the basics of raising happy, healthy chickens. Topics covered include chicken breeds, egg seasonality, pets vs egg production, raising chicks, coop and run considerations, health issues, costs, basic regulations/permits, chicken keeping supplies and why they’re fun garden & kitchen teammates.

Presenters Information: Naomi Montacre is the owner and operator of Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply. She has been keeping chickens and working with chicken keepers for 8 years. Naomi loves teaching workshops and learning from others.  She is a trained Master Gardener with Organic Gardening Certification, (OGCP), and has taught workshops for Oregon Tilth, OSU Master Gardeners’ Organic section, OGCP Courses, WSU Small Farms, PCC, Portland’s Urban Growth Bounty Series, classes at the shop and for many local garden groups. 


Medicinal Weeds – Click here to register!

Sunday May 3rd, 2015
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location TBD

Learn to Love Weeds in this hands on workshop! In this class we will walk around and ID 3-4 plants easily identifiable and then focus on one plant extensively so that everyone in attendance will have confidence in identifying our chosen “weed” and be able to locate, ID, prepare, eat and make medicine from it.  What we see as weeds are just misunderstood and unidentified plant allies; allies meaning they help us! They are strong and nutritious food for our bodies and best of all they are free!  Look for wild places that are not sprayed, then you possibly have an abundance of health food at your fingertips.

Presenter Information:  Jennifer Sylvia is a self taught forager, gardener, medicine maker and teacher of plant medicine. She has been studying plants plants for the last 7 years, graduated from the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine and has taken many classes on clinical herbalism, foraging, learning to listen to plants and medicine making. Jennifer started her business Backyard Apothecary after discovering a large unused yard full of medicinal weeds and her herbal products can be found at Emerald Forest Herbal Apothecary in Portland.

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