Get That Garden Growing!

Pepper_plantA special workshop for anyone interested in growing their own food is being offered free of charge on Thursday, January 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. “Get that Garden Growing: An Edible Garden Workshop” will have something for everyone – from those who have never had a garden to experienced gardeners who want to learn more. The workshop is being organized and sponsored by the Food Action Team of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.

As most gardeners know, January is the ideal time to be daydreaming about your 2015 garden. A hot cup of tea and a seed catalog in the winter is where it all starts. It can be so overwhelming to approach such a big project later in the season without the rumination of a winter’s slumber. Should you already have a garden, great!  If not, come find out the steps to get started and the resources available to you locally.

At “Get that Garden Growing” there will be:

  • Special guests with tips and advice on how to get started
  • Information tables from local organizations that have garden education opportunities
  • Activities to encourage research, networking, and realistic garden goals based on each gardener’s personal situation
  • The 2015 Corvallis Garden Resource Guide will be available to all workshop participants. The guide is full of local information such as where to buy bulk compost, seeds, supplies, and where to learn more on subjects like gardening, backyard poultry, and even bees!

For novice gardeners, this workshop will be a safe place to test the waters and ask your questions to know what is right for you.

For further information, contact Sophie Grow at

Annual Meeting Wrap-up

Annual_Meeting_2015The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Annual Meeting of partner organizations and volunteers was held on Monday, January 12, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

The meeting featured presentations on accomplishments of 2014 and plans for 2015.  The Coalition has been working on a wide variety of projects in 12 topic areas: Community Inclusion, Economic Vitality, Education, Energy, Food, Health and Human Services, Housing, Land Use, Natural Areas, Transportation, Waste Prevention, and Water.  Their efforts are directed toward goals outlined in Community Sustainability: A Framework for Action, which was developed in 2008 and revised in 2013 with extensive community participation.

A highlight of the Annual Meeting was the recognition of those businesses that have been nominated for this year’s “Good Steward of the Planet” award.  This award was one of several given by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce at the 67th Annual Celebrate Corvallis Awards on January 16 at the CH2MHill Alumni Center. The “Good Steward” award honors a local business that has made a significant contribution to improving the environmental health of Corvallis through exemplary achievement in business practices using natural, financial, and human resources in a responsible manner that meets existing needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The gathering was sponsored by Coalition partner First Alternative Co-op. THANK YOU!

Slides from the Annual Meeting can be accessed below:

Community Inclusion
Economic Vitality
Health & Human Services
Land Use
Natural Areas
Waste Prevention
Water (Revised to accommodate file size allowed on website)