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: Kelly Muller is a retired Science teacher, Master Gardener since 2018, brand new MFP. Her interests within Extension include gardening in the Linn county Demonstration Garden and working with native plants. She is  a committee chair for the BEEvent pollinator conference, and she teaches mason bee cocoon cleaning classes throughout the community.

Bio: Patty Basey is a retired case manager for senior and disabled services for 25 years. She is a MFP since 2019, a MG since 2016 and an OSU grad. Patty focuses on helping out in the demo garden and at the BEEvent, among other things. She is also very active in the MFP program.

Bio: Janice Gregg has been a MFP since 1985, an Extension Faculty at OSU for 35 years, a MG since 2016 and an OSU grad.  Her focus is raising herbs in the demo garden and teaching about anything related to food preservation and gardening both for extension and the community. She is a wealth of information!