For the past two years Zena Farm has worked with the Marion Polk Foodshare and Salem community members to create a workshop series offered during the Willamette Valley’s main growing season.

Here are the details on this years opportunities:

2013 Garden Workshop Series: Healthy Gardens, Healthy People

Presented by Marion-Polk Food Share, Willamette University and Marion County Master Gardeners

  • A series of 14 workshops for the beginner and intermediate gardener
  • Hosted by experts and enthusiasts from the local community
  • $5-$20 suggested donation per workshop or $200 for all 14, $100 for 7.
  • RSVP for any and all workshops to 503-581-3855 x329 or
Date Topic Venue Presenter
March 23, 10-12 Gardening for beginners Redeemer Community Garden Jan Shearer & Ingrid Evjen-Elias
April 20, 10-12 Attracting birds, bees & butterflies Willamette University’s Zena Farm Bev Loos
May 11, 10-12 Soil health in the home garden Southeast Salem Neighborhood Garden James Cassidy
May 29, 6-8pm Planning your PNW garden Willamette University’s Zena Farm Jennifer Johns
June 8, 10-12 Gardening for beginners Southeast Salem Neighborhood Garden Gail Gredler
June 22, 10-12 Composting for beginners Willamette University’s Zena Farm Lawrence Edwards
July 13, 10-12 Winter gardening in Western Oregon Southeast Salem Neighborhood Garden Michael Taylor
July 27, 10-12 Staple crops in the home garden Oregon School for the Deaf Jared Hibbard-Swanson
August 7, 6-8pm Beneficial insects & pest mgmt. Willamette University’s Zena Farm Penny Esplin
August 21, 6-8pm Crop rotation & companion planting Willamette University’s Zena Farm Jennifer Johns
September 11, 6-8 Seed saving & OP varieties Redeemer Community Garden Ian Dixon-McDonald
September 28, 10-12 Perennial vegetables in the garden Marion-Polk Food Share Dan Fahndrich
October 5, 10-12 Permaculture & rainwater harvesting Willamette University’s Zena Farm Andrew Millison
November 2, 10-12 No-till gardening Oregon School for the Deaf Ian Dixon-McDonald


  • Redeemer Community Garden:4663 Lancaster Dr. NE
  • Zena Farm: 5570 Zena Rd. NW
  • Southeast Salem Neighborhood Garden: 500 19th St. SE
  • Oregon School for the Deaf: 999 Locust Ave. NE
  • Marion-Polk Food Share: 1660 Salem Industrial Dr. NE