Master Gardeners™ are trained volunteers, educated through OSU Extension Service to offer the local community Reliable, Relevant and Reachable gardening information and education opportunities.

Reliable: our gardening advice and education is science-based.

Relevant: customized information for your gardening situation.

Reachable: call us on the phone, email us a question, or visit with us at markets or gardens in your community.

Garden Discovery Day – March 7, 2020

Free Lectures

Free lectures are held on the 2nd Monday of the month (except July and August)

The meetings are open to the public and begin at 7:00 pm.

Milwaukie Center 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr, Milwaukie, OR 97222

March 9, 2020: Culinary Breeding Network: Building Community among Breeders, Farmers, Chefs, Retailers & Eaters to Create Better Varieties for All – Lane Selman, Professor of Practice, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University

In 2011, the Culinary Breeding Network was formed to bring together plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, produce buyers and other consumers to discuss and identify preferences and traits of culinary excellence for vegetables and grains.

Incorporating chefs, farmers, produce buyers and other stakeholders into the plant breeding process gives breeders deeper insight into preferred traits while also increasing awareness and understanding of organic plant breeding to a broader audience.

This presentation will review recent efforts in vegetable breeding as a result of the Culinary Breeding Network’s work. It should help inform local gardeners of new options in vegetable varieties.

Lane Selman is the founder of the Culinary Breeding Network and has worked with organic farmers, plant breeders and chefs for 15 years. Lane’s work has been featured in the media including Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, Civil Eats, Food Tank, The New York Times and Eating Well magazine. Lane has been the recipient of many awards, including the Award of Excellence for Organic Advocate by the Oregon Organic Coalition in 2016.

Lane grew up on a citrus farm her Sicilian great-grandparents planted in 1919 on Florida’s space coast.  She has a B.S. in Agronomy and a M.S. in Entomology, both from University of Florida. In 2000, she moved to Oregon and since 2005 has been an agricultural researcher at Oregon State University working with diversified, organic farmers on collaborative research projects.  * eligible for recertification credit

Clackamas County Master Gardeners are the folks who put on the annual Spring Garden Fair, bringing together over 7,000 gardeners with over 140 plant and garden-art vendors.