Luscher FarmSeptember 2012

Welcome to Luscher Farm's Community Garden Newsletter!


Remember, every community gardener needs to have their required four hours of work completed to qualify for a garden plot next year.  The remaining work parties are scheduled for Saturday, September 8th and Saturday October 13th. If you are not available for those work parties and still need to complete your hours, please contact me. I have a list of chores ready for you, as jobs around the farm change daily.


Bring your small recyclable plastic bags and place them in the bin in the tool shed. They are useful to take home the harvested veggies.   


Also please save plastic gallon milk jugs and their lids.  They can be used to hold down winter garden covering in vacated plots.  They can be left on the tool shed as well.



Karen Davis

Luscher Farm Coordinator

Things To Do This Month




Meet all the Luscher Farm Partners who share the Farm. They will be offering demonstrations and activities for the entire family. There will be tours and tips as well as sales of beautiful flowers for your home. You can try tomato tastings, check out the garden art, and sample smoothies made from fresh veggies or fruit. There will also be  healthy snacks. Join us as we share the beauty of Lake Oswego's historic farm.

 open house poster 


CHECK OUT THE SCARECROWS!!   LOOK FOR "SNEAKY PETE" AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SCARECROW  You'll know Sneaky Pete when you find him and he has a little prize for you.!  The voting box is located in the tool shed! There are 92 scarecrows that are fun or scary, traditional or wacky.

  •  Keep an eye out for yellow jackets and report any nests to the coordinator.
  • Monitor garden irrigation closely so crops don't dry out.
  • Use sun screen and wear hats. Drink plenty of water on hot days.
  • Keep picking those beans to encourage more production.
  • Plant vegetable starts so you can enjoy fresh peas and fall crops of cabbage,beets, carrots, and Swiss and broccoli. 
  • Take one of the classes below to learn more about harvesting.

September Garden Activities
Saturday, September 8 from 10a-12p 
Community Garden Work Party at Luscher Farm 


Create and decorate a spooky, dazzling, or life-like scarecrow. Scarecrows are in the farm gardens to bring inspiration to your own creation. Participants bring clothes, ideas and other items from home to personalize their scarecrow. Materials provided in the workshop: hay, PCV pipe, string and other items.  To register, click here.
Saturday, September 8   11a-1p
Class #4325330


When to Harvest your Vegetables
Knowing when to harvest is as important as knowing how and when to plant. Join our own Master Gardener Karen and expert gardener Jean Anderson to learn the tips on when those veggies are at their peak. You will receive a handy harvesting reference brochure covering 33 different vegetables, plus watermelons.
To register, click here.
Saturday, September 1  10-11:30a
Class # 4326755
Walking History Tour of Luscher Farm
Join LO Park Ranger for a tour and history chat about the Farm and the interesting characters that have lived there.  Meet on the south side of the white barn; held rain or shine -this tour is best for those that are ambulatory. Parents are welcome to pack or carry children, but the tour is not stroller/wheelchair accessible by an adult. Dress for the weather. Free to all ages, preregistration required, space is limited. Call 503-675-2549.
To register, click here.
Sunday, September 23  1-2p
Class #4331105
Tilth-Harvest Those Veggies
Join Oregon Tilth as they harvest their way through the organic demonstration gardens at Luscher Farm. Learn the correct techniques to help your produce stay fresher and your plants healthier.
To register, click here
Thursday September 20 5:30-7:00p
Class # 4326037
To register for
other classes,


Classes at Luscher Farm
Scarecrow Sculpting 

What's the story on the water problem at the Farm??

All of us have noticed that the water has been off a number of times in the Community Garden.  What has happened is that PGE has been making changes on the flow of power in this area.  They are not useisunflower with sunglassesng the nearby substation and we are now a long way from the one that is currently being used. When there is a lot of power usage, the flow fluctuates enough to shut down our pump.  (It has a protective system to keep the equipment from over heating and causing permanent damage.) Until PGE can keep up enough flow during high usage times, we may have this problem. The City is working on ways to alleviate this without endangering our equipment.

If you were not aware, the Portland Audubon Society recently released four young barn owls at Luscher Farm. Check the bulletin board in the tool shed for details.
 I hope you find these monthly newsletters interesting and informational. They are sent out the fourth Thursday of each month. Please tell me if there are topics you would like me to include in future
If you have any comments  or questions you may reach me at or 503-638-0376.  

See you in the garden,
In This Issue
Things To Do This Month
September Garden Activities
Discover Active Living!

To view the Fall 2012 Catalog, click here. To register for Parks & Recreation programs, please call the registrar 503-675-2549 or visit
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