OMGA Mini-College 2020 GPS
Postponed

On May 1st he Oregon Master Gardener Association Executive Committee met and reviewed the status of Mini-College 2020 GPS. After consideration of the current restrictions imposed by Oregon Governor Brown and leadership at Oregon State University it was decided not to proceed with Mini-College as scheduled for July 23rd and 24th.

Plans for Mini-College 2020 were well advanced and included a full program of speakers, workshops and tours. In addition reservations and commitments had been made for the location, lodging, meals and social activities. These all were considered in the deliberations. Another factor which weighed heavily is the “unknowns” surrounding the current pandemic.

Ultimately the decision revolved around two major factors.

The first being the health risk and the rules surrounding the virus. No one argued that the restrictions are likely to be eased sufficiently to permit a gathering as large as Mini-College and the consensus was that even if this happens, given the demographics of our membership, a large majority of those who would normally attend Mini-College would not feel secure enough to do so.

The second factor was truly a fortunate turn of events. All those with whom reservations and deposits had been made were willing to, based on the current issues, release OMGA from our commitments and/or roll over deposits into 2021. This virtually eliminates the financial risk which we were facing. Immediately after the decision to reschedule Mini-College to 2021 plans got underway to secure the dates of July 16th and 17th. As this is being drafted the positive response from a majority of the speakers and volunteers indicates that had committed to 2020 is that they are excited to participate in 2021.

Thank you for your interest in Mini-College. This beloved event is truly an institution of the Oregon Master Gardener Program and we will be working hard to insure that it will be an outstanding educational event next year. If you have any suggestions or would like to volunteer to assist with some aspect of this program please reach out and let us know.

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What does it take to become a Master Gardener™ Volunteer?

The Master Gardener™ Program of Oregon welcomes enthusiastic gardeners with a willingness to share their interest and experience with the public. To become a Master Gardener you must take the Master Gardener Basic Training Program offered through a OSU County Extension office. For further information on Oregon chapters we have provided  links to each county chapter on this web site.

Mission

We are committed to sustainable gardening through:

  • Partnering with the OSU Master Gardener Program to promote sustainable gardening practices.
  • Advocating for funding to deliver the Master Gardener Program across Oregon;
    and
  • Fostering quality continuing education of all Master Gardeners.

Vision

Enable OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners as the premier source of information on sustainable gardening.

2020 Goals

Please click this link to read the 2020 Goals.

The Oregon Master Gardener™ Association is a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to enhance and support the OSU Master Gardener™ program. The county Master Gardener chapters together make up the state association. OMGA is comprised of representatives of each of the 23 county chapters, as well as state officers. As of 2016 we currently serve 3587 members throughout the state. Quarterly OMGA meetings are held at various locations around the state.

Ask an Expert Ask an Expert is a way for you to get answers from the Oregon State University Extension Service. We have experts in family and health, community development, food and agriculture, coastal issues, forestry, programs for young people, and gardening. Please choose your county and enter as much relevant detail about your question as possible. We will do our best to respond to your question within two business days.

Master Gardener Program Quick Stats

In Oregon, there are 4,160 Active Master Gardener Volunteers A total of 845 individuals joined the Master Gardener Program, as trainees/apprentices Together, veteran Master Gardeners and trainees volunteered a total of 194,898 hours, in support of OSU Extension Master Gardener Program.

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What is OMGA™ and what does it do for you?

The Master Gardener™ Program was established by the OSU Extension Service to help disseminate horticultural information to the public. Volunteers are trained in participating counties and serve under the direction and guidance of County Extension Agents.

Many volunteers in OSU’s Master Gardener Program choose to associate themselves as members of their county Master Gardener Association Chapters.  Membership in these chapters brings with it membership in the statewide organization, OMGA™.

While OMGA and its subsidiary Chapters were created principally to support and supplement OSU’s Master Gardener Program, OMGA and the Chapters are separate entities, distinct from the Master Gardener Program itself, OSU.  OMGA acts autonomously and is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a State Representative from each of its chapters. OMGA is a tax-exempt organization 501(3)(c) Incorporated in the State of Oregon.

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