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What to Grow in Western Washington ..... Growing Groceries Education Series #3
WSU Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium
Everett, WA
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Wednesday evening 7-9:30pm January 21, 2015

Third in the series of ten, Growing Groceries Education Series #3

Third in the series of ten, before placing your seed catalog orders, plan to join us to learn What's new in vegetable varieties? What grows best here? Any tricks?

We're thrilled to have two of the people that help run the variety trials at Osborne Seed in Mt. Vernon here to talk to us about how they choose the best varieties to grow here in the Maritime NW. In addition, we'll have a panel discussion with four of our experienced Growing Groceries gardeners that grow in microclimates from Granite Falls to Whidbey Island.

From the March 2013 issue of Grow Northwest magazine

"Growing trials are the thing that really defines Osborne Seed. While they don't develop or produce seed themselves, they do perform exhaustive trialing to test the characteristics of the varieties they sell. They perform most of their own trials on an acre on Fir Island. With each type of produce, the staff evaluates its performance, taste and storage qualities. But equally important are the trials that farmers do themselves, to see how seed performs on their land, in their particular microclimate"

What We Grow - Tips from Successful Gardeners panel discussion

Each of these gardeners have experience growing in the region and will share their favorite varieties, tips, tricks,techniques as well as and answer your questions.

Jeff Thompson is a Master Gardener who has grown hundreds of varieties of tomatoes from seed and does informal taste tests with other Master Gardeners as the judges.

Carol Bello is a long-time Master Gardener who has discovered the knack (and varieties) to successfully grow a wide variety of luscious melons in her Granite Falls garden each year.

Marilee Schneider, Master Gardener and Coordinator of the Julia V. Morris Community Garden in Monroe, ensures the garden is planted with the best for the Northwest. Each year Marilee and her volunteers grow thousands of pounds of produce for the Monroe food bank.

Carrie Petersen joins us from the South Whidbey Island Good Cheer Food Bank Garden. She's also  Coordinator of 'Fresh Food for Lunch', the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden program offering garden-based curriculum and fresh local food for the school cafeterias.

The WSU Snohomish County Extension Growing Groceries Education Series brings together beginning and experienced gardeners with speakers and topics focused on growing healthy food using sustainable gardening practices.

No matter if you only have a tiny apartment deck, small garden space, or plenty of acreage you can grow fresh, healthy food in a healthier, more environmentally friendly way.

Developed over the last five years, the program's goal is to increase local access to fresh, healthy food by teaching the latest research-based techniques for growing food.

For more information about all the classes in the series or register by mail, visit our website snohomish.wsu.edu/garden/growing-groceries.

Cost is $25 per person per class, any five classes for $100, or take all ten for $175.

2014-2015 class dates and times:

Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm
October 22, November 19, January 21, February 4 & 18
Saturdays, 9am-noon
February 28, March 7, 14, 21 & 28

Topics include: Soil Management and Fertility, Garden Planning, Extending our growing seasons, Seeds and Transplants, What to Grow, Small fruits and Berries, Weed Control, Irrigation techniques, Gardening in Small Spaces,  Identifying and attracting Beneficial Insects,  Identifying common Pest Problems and managing them using organic methods, Food Safety Concerns, Harvesting.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs; contact WSU Extension at 425-338-2400 at least two weeks prior to the event.
Wednesday Jan 21, 2015 7:00 PM - Wednesday Jan 21, 2015 9:30 PM | $25.00


WSU Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium (View)
600 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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