LGL Harvest Festival TODAY!

Don’t miss the FREE Learning Gardens Lab 2017 Harvest Festival TODAY, Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 from 3:30-6:30PM.  Don’t forget to stop by the BDNA table and pick up some sweet new neighborhood pride stickers!

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Learning Garden Labs Harvest Festival 2017

It’s that time of year for the Annual Harvest Festival at the Learning Gardens Lab. Bring the whole family for a celebration of autumn with us 🍁🍃🎃! They will also be hosting a donation drive for Puerto Rico.

Check out the farm stand, pumpkin patch and get a garden tour from their wonderful staff and volunteer members!  There will be kids activities and crafts such as posie making and pumpkin painting. Rain or shine they will be out there! Don’t forget to stop by the BDNA table and say, “Hi!”

Download, print, and share their poster here!

October Meeting Recap

Thank you, everyone, who made it out last night!  We had a great turnout, including several new neighbors!  If you missed the meeting, here’s a quick recap:

Lane Middle School PTA President Esther Crowell-Duncan gives an update.

Community Announcements:

  • Lane PTA has volunteer opportunities open on Oct 16th and November 8-9th.  Contact PTA President Esther Crowell-Duncan or visit their website for more info or to volunteer.
  • New library events at Woodstock and Holgate. Library will soon begin taking submissions from local authors to publish as e-books.  For more info visit the library in person or online.
  • Girl Scouts of Oregon/SW Washington is actively working to start troops at Kelly, Woodmere, and Whitman.  Contact Alexandria Robinson for more information.

Alexandria Robinson with Girl Scouts of Oregon/SW Washington.

Upcoming Events:

  • Learning Gardens Lab is having its annual Harvest Festival on October 18th, 3:30-6:30PM.  Visit their event on Facebook for more info.
  • BDNA Spooktacular is October 22nd, 4:00-7:00PM.  Visit our event on Facebook for more info.
  • Next BDNA meeting: November 2nd, 7:00-9:00PM. Special Guest Mayor Ted Wheeler!  Visit our event on Facebook for more info.

Request for Endorsement/Support:

Representative Jeff Reardon at October 5, 2017 BDNA meeting.

Special Guest:

Representative Jeff Reardon spoke briefly about successes and disappointments during the last legislative session.  He brought an informational handout and took questions.  If you have questions for Rep. Reardon, you can submit them to us and we’ll pass them on.

Land Use and Transportation: 

  • New LUD discussed: 6628 SE 62nd Ave
  • Board Member Stephenie Frederick is taking a 10-week course from PBOT on transportation.

**Please note, this is a general summary and not official minutes!**

Photo and Video Credit: Derek Covey, Board Member

Learning Gardens Lab Earth Day Festival

LGL Earth Day Spring Festival

Sunday, April 23rd, 11:00AM-2:00PM at Learning Garden Labs.

Join the Learning Garden Labs for a FREE fun, family-friendly event!  Live music, free food, garden tours, kids activities, raffle prizes, a plant sale, and more!  Your very own BDNA will be tabling at this event.  Last year’s Earth Day Festival was a ton of fun.  Don’t miss out this year!  Interested in having a table?  Contact Chanel by email.

Plant Propagation Class

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The Master Gardeners at the Demonstration Garden are announcing a new class on Plant Propagation open to both Master Gardeners and the public held on Saturday, April 1st, 9:00AM-12:30PM, and repeated on Saturday, April 15that the same time. The class will be held at Greenhouse #5 (southern-most) at the Learning Gardens Lab.

This class is “hands on”. You’ll learn about, and try your hand at cuttings, layering, division, suckering, offsets, grapes, fruit tree grafting, and even seeds! The classes will be limited to 24 students and will divide into four groups to visit four stations on different topics.  To register, send an email with the subject, “Propagation Class”.  You will receive an email response letting you know are accepted and specifying any things you should bring with you. You will also receive a response if the classes are full.  We look forward to seeing you in class. We will be gardening, so expect to get your hands dirty!

Learning Gardens Lab and Farm Stand

One of the greatest aspects of community pride is the ability to feed itself. What separates Brentwood-Darlington from other communities is that people really enjoy gardening their land. If you ever drive, bike, or walk through, you might notice that many properties may have smaller houses but they have larger plots of land. Many of those plots have been made into beautiful gardens. When you think about it, it’s not surprising since many of these plots were once part of large orchards.  This historically good soil has fostered many thriving plants…but what may not be apparent from just walking by is that the people of Brentwood-Darlington are starting to from a serious urban farming community. Lots of trades, bartering, and kindness of heart has resulted in some extremely fruitful partnerships – literally!

One of those amazing partnerships is the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Farm Stand.

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BDNA partnered with Learning Gardens Lab to create a way for fresh organic produce to be available for sale to our residents. All of the produce available has been grown on-site at the Learning Gardens Lab and is made available for sale weekly from the months of June through October.

We invite you to stop on by and enjoy the bountiful harvest!

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The Farm Stand is held every Wednesday during the summer from 3:30PM-6:30pm at 6801 SE 60th Ave.