Clackamas County Master Gardeners

Grow an Extra Row

Giving and Learning Garden

Help extinguish hunger while fine-tuning your vegetable gardening skills.

Located at the Community Garden at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, you can find volunteers in the gardens on Tuesdays. & Fridays. 9-noon - April through October, weather permitting. The GAER Team is Bari Bilyeu, Nancy Muir, and Eve Freeman. Contact us at

In 2016 the Grow an Extra Row Giving and Learning Garden (GAER G&LG) had a successful year with more produce donated than any other year, 3554, and more volunteers, 29 (working 840 hours).  Our garden season is from the first of April to mid October and this year we spent 56 days in 3-hour work parties on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

We rent 8 garden plots at the Community Garden, and raise a variety of vegetables that mature through the gardening season.  In 2016 our big producers were 882 pounds of tomatoes, 277 pound of green and red cabbage, 263 pounds of cucumbers, and 276 pounds of summer squash. 

The produce grown at the garden is donated to two Oregon City food banks - First Presbyterian Church and the First Baptist Church or to the Pioneer Center in Oregon City or Milwaukie Center in Milwaukie.

We had 3 presentations at the garden this year.  The topics were “Slugs & Snails”, “Attracting Pollinators” and “Good Bug, Bad Bug”.  The presentations were open to all gardeners and the general public. 



Photos from our 2016 growing season

Photos from our 2015 growing season


In the garden harvesting fresh produce

Clackamas County Master Gardeners are the folks who put on the annual Spring Garden Fair, bringing together over 7,000 gardeners with over 150 plant and garden-art vendors.

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