2024 Spring into Gardening Speaker Bios

Bio: Todd Anderson, a new member of the Small Farms team serving Polk, Benton and Lane Counties. His background is in horticulture and is originally from the Sacramento area but has lived and gardened in different states. He has been in Corvallis for the last few years. In his free time he likes experimenting with what can be grown, especially with ingredients from his heritage and ones introduced to him.

Bio: Linda Brewer is a certified professional soil scientist and faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. She has been teaching backyard composting to gardeners for more than 30 years.

BioErica Chernoh is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Oregon State University in the department of Horticulture and based out of the OSU Extension office in Lane County.  Her main focus is on organic and conventional production systems of hazelnuts, tree fruits, berries, and small fruits.  She works with a variety of stakeholders, serving the needs of commercial farmers in the south Willamette Valley, and oversees the Master Gardener program in Lane County.

Bio: Bruce Gavens joined the Master Gardener program in 2001 in Santa Clara County California.  He has had a family garden all his life, growing vegetables for the family table.  As a member of the Master Gardener program in Santa Clara CA he taught classes to new Master Gardener recruits and the public, managed the tomato and pepper trials, tomato and pepper seed saving program, and the pepper seedling effort for the Master Gardener plant sale.  In 2014, he and his wife retired and relocated to Roseburg Oregon and joined the Douglas County Master Gardeners.  He now manages the tree, woody plants and sedum plants for the Douglas County Master Gardener plant sale and ramrods the sustainable composting project.  The composting project creates all of the soil they used in the discovery garden, victory garden, and plant sale preparations.  We are also able to sell excess compost to our members for their gardens.  We create about 100 cu yards of compost per year. At home, he operates a 7000 sq. ft. garden that supplies some of the vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini for a local retail shop, garlic for a local pizza place, and the rest to a local food bank. He has started a new venture that starts native trees and shrubs for local restoration projects.

Bio: Alanna Lambert, Lead Nursery Specialist and Garden Workshop Instructor for Durant at Red Ridge Farms.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Ornamental with an emphasis in Landscape Design from Solano Community College, California Certified Nursery Professional, Completed the Solano County Master Gardener program.

Bio: Darren Morgan has worked at Shonnards Nursery in Corvallis for 33 years and is currently the nursery manager.   He specializes in trees and shrubs, edible gardening, and most recently beekeeping.  Darren also teaches community education classes and workshops at Shonnards as well as through Linn-Benton Community College.

Bio: Carol Walsh completed Master Gardener (MG) and Master Food Preserver (MFP) training in 2016 after a career as a dietitian/nutritionist. Volunteering with Seed to Supper classes provides her and other MFPs an opportunity to provide beginning gardeners with tips for safe food preservation. For the past 4 years Carol has worked as an OSU Extension SNAP-Ed/Food Hero outreach coordinator where she supports the efforts of nutrition educators across the state. Carol believes that by teaming together with community partners, these Extension programs can play an important role in protecting and improving the health of all Oregonians.