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Gardening with Native Plants Class @ Oregon Tilth's Organic Education Center, Saturday!!

Gardening with Native Plants
Saturday, March 26th, 2005
Luscher Farm
Farmhouse Classroom
Cost: $15
No Walk-ins Accepted.
Instructor: Rick Valley, Permaculture Designer and Land Steward at Lost Valley Education Center

Native plants are beautiful, useful, and have ecological relationships with native animals, birds and insects. Native plants are being lost rapidly to habitat destruction from development, agricultural changes, plantation forestry, and over harvesting for medicinal purposes. Native plants have adapted to local microclimatic environments, thus are more easily maintained and require less input in the garden. We will discuss appropriate northwest native plants for edible, perennial, and ornamental gardening.

To register call (503) 675-2549 or register on-line at www.lakeoswegoparks.org
We CANNOT accommodate Walk-ins.

The Oregon Tilth Organic Education Center (OEC) is a collaborative project with the City of Lake Oswego, located at the city's historic Luscher Farm. The Luscher Farm landscape and restored farm complex include a classroom, organic demonstration garden, historic orchard, childrenšs garden, community garden, and 10-acre CSA project. The OEC offers on-going workshops, classes, tours, and special events related to ecological agriculture. For more information contact Oregon Tilth @ (503) 378-0690 or  andyp@tilth.org.

Our garden exists to provide a healthy and accommodating environment for experiential learning, community building, and civic service. Nearly all the food grown is distributed through Oregon Food Bank affiliated shelters, providing fresh organic produce to underserved Portland-Metro residents. In five years, we have established a bountiful demonstration garden offering a variety of educational opportunities. We invite you to come out and join us in our 2005 Class and Garden Workshop Series.

Oregon Tilth is a non-profit research and education organization dedicated to promoting and supporting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture.


Directions to Luscher Farm:

From the South
-Take I-5 North to I-205
-Follow I-205 North (Towards Oregon City)
-Take Exit 3 (Stafford Rd.)
-Take a Left and Follow Stafford Rd. to Rosemont Rd. (~1-2 mi.)
-Take a Right on Rosemont
-Luscher Farm is the First Driveway on the Left
-Park Behind or Next to the Barn and DRIVE SLOW.

From Portland
-Take HWY 43 South to Lake Oswego
-Follow 43 Through Lakefront Area (State St.) to the Southern End
-Merge Right onto McVey (BEFORE Y-split to West Linn!)
-Follow McVey Through First Light (McVey Becomes Stafford)
-Follow Stafford Through Next Light
-Turn Left on Rosemont
-Luscher Farm is on the Left (First Driveway)
-Park Behind of Next to the Barn and DRIVE SLOW.