Luscher Farm


September  2013  



Hi Community Gardeners!



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Karen Davis

Luscher Farm Coordinator



Luscher Farm Open House 
Saturday, September 7
Come on down for a day of farmin' fun!
Win a supply of fresh vegetables from 47th Ave. Farms
Learn about owls and Owl Brand Discovery Kits
Plant sale with the FRCC Group
A special petting zoo with Cisco and the Kids
Healthy snack demonstrations
Chat with Metro, Master Gardeners and the Clackamas County Extension Service
Meet the new Friends of Luscher Farm
Check out our tomato tasting
Help Mayor Studebaker open up the new Rosemont Trail
Parking with shuttle available at the C3 Church parking lot across from Hazelia Field at 17979 SW Stafford Road.  No access at Luscher.





Plan to attend the 3rd Annual Open House at Luscher Farm.  Lots of fun and some snacks!  Walk or ride the shuttle bus for entry to the Farm with so many pedestrians and activities on site. I will need a few people to help out and the hours will count for your required Community Garden hours. Let me know if you are available.  We want others to discover that Luscher is a fun place to spend some time. 



This is the second to the last work party for those needing hours.

Saturday,September 14                  Rain or shine




If you need work done in your plot this year you might consider hiring Luscher Farm's Caretaker, Brice Anderson.  Brice is available to do projects you don't want to or aren't able to do yourself. You may contact him directly at 503-313-5478 to discuss details.







Use your fresh produce to create a healthy drink that aids digestion and adds energy to your life. One smoothie every day can  help you lose weight and feel great.          
Ages 18 +         Klein
Thursday, September 5      6-7:30
To register, click here

Join LO Park Ranger Ben LaBounty as he presents a tour and history chat. Tour is not stroller/wheelchair accessible and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required, space is limited.

All ages            LaBounty 

Saturday, September 14    4-6 p

To register, click here  


To register for other classes, click here 





  • Keep picking those beans to encourage more production. 
  • Plant bulbs (daffodils, tulips, crocus, etc.) for spring bloom.  
  • Harvest new (baby) potatoes anytime after flowers die back. 
  • Keep an eye out for yellow jackets and report any nests to Karen. 
  • Late in the month, sow salad greens for winter harvest.
  • Plant vegetable starts so you can enjoy fresh peas and fall crops of cabbage, beets, carrots, Swiss chard, and spinach.
  • Don't water your tomatoes unless they really need it. The flavor is so much better.
  • If you don't have one yet, ask for a When to Harvest brochure from Karen.

 Zucchini, like all squash, is native to the New World, but the varieties we eat were developed in Italy and returned to America as seeds with immigrants many years later. Zucchini is in the cucurbita family, the same as melons, cucumbers and squash. Botanically the zucchini is an immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower.  Zucchini is low in calories and contains useful amounts of folate, potassium, manganese and vitamin A.


When you chose a variety at the store or pick one from your garden, look for small, unblemished zucchini for superior eating. Larger ones are often fibrous.  A zucchini with the flower still attached is considered a delicacy. 


Some suggestions to try are to make fritters.  Shred the zucchini, wring out the excess moisture, mix it with flour, salt and egg and fry in some olive oil.  Zukes are also great scooped out and  stuffed with ground lamb, onions and rice or tomatoes, ricotta and eggplant.  Just hollow them out and bake until they are soft.  Try grilling zucchini as slices or kebabs.  They are also tasty combined with garlic, basil and tomatoes.  


Just don't expect anyone to believe eating zucchini bread is the best way to get your veggies, even if it is chocolate zucchini bread.

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See you in the garden,
In This Issue
September Garden Activities
Gardening Tips and Things to do in September
Discover Active Living!

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