Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Harvest Solutions from the Food Action Team, Edible Garden Group

Have More Food from your Garden
than You Can Eat or Put Up?

Consider donating your surplus to one of the follow programs:

Community Outreach Inc.  865 NW Reiman Ave., Corvallis. Shelter and food pantry. 8 am-7pm Mon-Fri. Call ahead to donate • 541-758-3000 

Jackson Street Youth Shelter  555 NW Jackson Ave. 
Open 24/7. Call ahead to donate • 541-754-2404

Jammin’ for the Hungry  Fresh or frozen fruit only. 
Call for locations and times. Sara Power • 541-231-6772 

Marys River Gleaners at Pioneer Park(south of Philomath Blvd between 15th St. and downtown exit). Fri. 8 am-2:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Cookie Johnson • 541-497-9019 

Neighbor to Neighbor (Philomath)  College United Methodist Church (Social Hall), 1123 Main St, Philomath.  Dinner: 5:30-6:30 pm Glenda • 541-929-2412 or 541-929-6614 

OSU Emergency Food Pantry  Call ahead to donate and for directions. 541-737-3747 or 541-737-3473 

Don’t Waste Food

Forty percentof all food is wasted in the United States. Think about the energy waste that goes along with that!  What’s more, much food waste can be eliminated

What to Do

Food waste starts in the garden. 

·      Pick produce when it’s ready. 
·      When you bring it home, store it properly so that it doesn’t spoil. 
·      Keep an eye on what’s in the back of the fridge. 
·      Plan meals carefully to use up food before it goes bad.        
·      If you do have to toss food, put it on the compost pile or in the yard waste bin, if allowed, not in the trash
·      So either share food with your friends or donate it. 

More places to donate food will be posted next month.

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to find out more info!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Become a Neighborhood Tree Steward

If you have a love and fascination for trees and a devotion to making positive changes in your community, you may be interested in being a Neighborhood Tree Steward through Corvallis Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry

• Love for trees and community
• Attend Neighborhood Tree Steward Training
• Dedicate a few flexible hours each week to various

tasks with guidance from parks staff
• Cool Neighborhood Tree Steward gear
• Excellent training and leadership opportunities
• A chance to get to know the trees and people in your

• End of season celebration to thank you for all of your 
hard work!
Saturday October 19th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tunison Community Room • 365 SW Tunison
Space is limited. Please contact Jennifer by Friday October 11th to RSVP. Back up date available. Please include t-shirt size with RSVP.
• Help with community tree planting events • Tree care including weeding, watering, and
mulching young street trees
• Find places to plant trees
• Inspect newly planted trees
• Increase public awareness of the value of

trees in the community
• Work with parks sta
ff to address problems
Community Building Through Urban Forestry

Jennifer.Killian@corvallisoregon.gov or (541) 740-3186corvallisoregon.gov/parksrec/page/trees-urban-forestryFollow us on Instagram @corvallis_urban_forestry

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sustainable Gardening the Wild Way

-First consider cultural, then physical and biological controls for garden pests. Choose the least-toxic options and use judiciously because pesticides can kill helpful insects. 
Scelionid parasitoid wasp and stink bug eggs.
 David Cappaert, Michigan State University
Click here to learn more - https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/ENTO/ENTO-74/ENTO-74-pdf.pdf

-Conserve biological control agents such as predators and the parasitoids that feed on insect pests.

- Create or maintain habitat for garter snakes.  Large pieces of wood or large rocks provide shelter.
Snakes are terrific garden helpers, controling slugs and insects.  Some help with rodent control also.

-Walk through your yard before mowing to scare any snakes away from deadly mower blades.

Many insects have been brought to the US as Biological Control Agents. Watch for these helpers on Tansy ragwort.

Cinnabar moth, adult and larvae OSU Ext.
Tansy ragwort flee beetle
Ragwort seed fly      

More about Tansy ragwort biocontrol here - https://extension.oregonstate.edu/pests-weeds-diseases/weeds/tansy-ragwort
Plant flowers that support native beneficial insects – 


Monday, August 19, 2019

Free Yard Trees!

Are you interested in a free yard tree? 
City of Corvallis municipal code limits Urban Forestry staff to planting trees in public right of ways, parks, and natural areas. Some right of ways, however, can’t support trees due to conflicts with existing infrastructure or too small of a right of way (under 4 feet wide). In an effort to expand the urban canopy in Corvallis, staff are working with the local Civic Beautification and Urban Forestry Advisory group, CBUF to create a new city program to get free trees to homeowners on private property! 

How it works:
1.   CBUF volunteers will do an inspection of your right of way to determine your eligibility.
2.   Help you select the most appropriate species for your yard from a curated list .
3.   Order and plant the tree- at no cost to you!
4.   Provide a watering bag, stakes, and deer protection (as needed). 
5.   All you have to do is water it, each summer for the first 3 years. 
6.   CBUF volunteers will provide additional information as needed for establishment care and maintenance. 

For more information, or to sign up, please contact: 
Malcolm Anderson 
Civic Beautification and Urban Forestry Advisory Group- Vice Chair


Jennifer Killian
Urban Forestry and Natural Areas Specialist

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Summer Tree Needs

Establishment watering is one of the most important things you can do for a newly planted tree. That water should be delivered weekly and in a large volume, rather than daily in a light sprinkle. Deep watering helps trees develop deep drought resistant roots. Water trees with at least 10 gallons per inch of tree diameter. The easiest way is to purchase a watering bag from a local nursery. These hold between 15 and 20 gallons. 

Watering formula
Tree diameter (inches) × 10= number of gallons per week. So, a 1 inch caliper tree needs a minimum of 10 gallons of water, weekly throughout the summer (from May-September). 


This is a great time of year to spread mulch. Get out there now and add a few inches in a circle that extends out to the drip-line of your tree. Mulch should not touch the trunk or surface roots as this can lead to decay. Keep mulch 3-4” deep starting 6” from the tree. Mulch helps reduce weeds, moderates soil temperature, helps keep soil moist and reduces compaction.