What to Grow in Western Washington

Growing Groceries Education Series #3

rocky-prairie-071108-012Third in the series, 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 retired WSU vegetable crop researcher, Dr. Wilbur “Andy” Anderson join us to share what he’s learned regarding the best varieties for Western Washington. His experiences include running the vegetable variety trials at WSU Mt. Vernon’s Research Center as well as from many years as a community garden leader. In addition, we’ll have a panel discussion with several of our experienced Growing Groceries gardeners that grow in different microclimates around the region.

We’re thrilled to have retired WSU vegetable crop researcher, Dr. Wilbur “Andy” Anderson join us to share what he’s learned regarding the best varieties for Western Washington. His experiences include running the vegetable variety trials at WSU Mt. Vernon’s Research Center as well as from many years as a community garden leader. In addition, we’ll have a panel discussion with several of our experienced Growing Groceries gardeners that grow in different microclimates around the region.

Dr. Anderson grew up in Hood River, OR on a fruit farm. He graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Horticulture. After working as a research Technician at OSU he received his PhD from the University of California Riverside in Plant Science/Plant Physiology. From 1969 through 1999 he worked as a research horticulturist on vegetable crop production at the WSU Research and Extension Center, Mount Vernon. He now is retired and enjoys working with people and gardening and has been instrumental in the success of the Community Garden at Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon.

Panel speakers include Marilee Schneider, master gardener and manager of the JVM Community Garden in Monroe; Chris Albus, master gardener and lead on MG lettuce trials; Carlene Boxman, master gardener and leader of the MG Veggie Group; and Cary Peterson, coordinator of the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden and Langley Middle School Garden on Whidbey Island.

With an overall focus on limited space and limited resources, the Growing Groceries series pairs speakers with topics to teach beginners as well as long time gardeners more about growing food using healthy and sustainable 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.

The WSU Snohomish County Growing Groceries program brings beginning and experienced gardeners together with speakers and topics focused on growing healthy food using sustainable gardening practices. Developed over the last several years, the program’s goal is to increase our communities’ access to fresh, healthy food by teaching the latest research-based techniques for growing food.

Where

WSU Snohomish County Extension
600 – 128th Street SE (McCollum Park)
Everett, WA 98208

Cost

Cost is $25 per person per class, $20 per class for any five or more.
All classes take place on Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:30pm
List of Growing Groceries classes

Register

Registration opens late summer 2016.

For more information

Contact Kate Ryan, kate.ryan@wsu.edu.

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.

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