Celebrate Oregon Originals with Slow Food and OSU Extension
Jun 13, 2013
from 05:30 pm to 09:00 pm
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“Oregon Originals: Heritage Vegetables and Fruits of the Willamette Valley” is the title of an informative event about fruit and vegetable varieties that originated here in the Willamette Valley. Planned for Thursday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m., this free program will take place at the Benton County Sunset Building in Corvallis. The event is cosponsored by Slow Food Corvallis and Oregon State University Extension.
During the program, three experts will tell about the histories of particular cultivars, some of them popular today and others now nearly forgotten. Jim Myers, a professor in the OSU Department of Horticulture and a specialist in plant breeding and genetics, will talk about peas and other vegetables. Chad Finn, a research geneticist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service and a small-fruits breeder, will discuss berries. Rose Marie Nichols-McGee, owner of Nichols Garden Nursery, will speak about melons and squashes.
Although the presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m., those who would like to sample pea varieties should come early, at 5:15. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a slow summer evening after the program. Outdoor tables are available, but picnickers can bring their own chairs or blankets if they prefer. Berry desserts prepared by Slow Food Corvallis members will be available for purchase.
The Benton County Sunset Building is at 4077 Research Way in southwest Corvallis.. There is ample on-site parking.
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