Community Services Consortium

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gleaners Spend a Second Season Helping With Blueberry Project

CSC's Linn Benton Food Share Gleaners have been assisting with a blueberry research project for a second season at the Oregon State University Lewis/Brown Farm.
The gleaners pick blueberries from specifically marked sections. These berries are weighed to provide data on crop yield. At the end of the day, the gleaners get the berries to share with their adoptees and groups made up of low income individuals and families.

Dr. Oscar Vargas, from the OSU Horticulture Department is conducting the project to study crop yield by using different types of fertilizers and application processes. His main objective is to compare conventional fertilizer application and fertigation, fertilizers applied through the irrigation water.

This summer CSC’s Workforce & Education department got in the act by sending their Garden Youth Crew to work along with the gleaners for two days on the project.

“It’s been a great opportunity for gleaners and adoptees to reap the benefits of gleaning nutritious blueberries while providing a useful service to Dr. Vargas and his great team of assistants,” said Susan James, Linn Benton Food Share Gleaning and Volunteer Coordinator.
“They often picked side by side with the gleaners, explaining their project while also learning about our gleaning program. We also really enjoyed having the Garden Youth Crew join in with gusto. “

Second Chance Renter Rehabilitation Program

The next session of the Second Chance Renter Rehabilitation program will be held at CSC's
Corvallis office from 5:30-7:30 on the following dates.

Workshop Schedule:

September 20th , 22nd, 27th, 29th and

October 4th & 6th

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Workshop Topics:

* How to be a Good Tenant
* Landlord/Tenant Issues
* Goal Setting/Self Esteem
* Energy Education
* Financial Fitness
* Conflict Resolution

Participants must attend all six classes in order to receive a certificate. If you know of anyone who is interested in taking the classes, please call Cindy Pratt in the Corvallis office to request a registration form. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 26th.

Who is the program for?
The course is designed to help the prospective renter help themselves by attending six classes taught by qualified instructors from the community.

Prospective tenants will Learn:
how to demonstrate consistency, trust, and a desire to succeed
how to be a good tenant
how to have a good relationship with the landlord
about Tenant Law and Fair Housing issues
how to set reachable goals
how to repair credit
how to better manage money

For more information, please contact
Cindy Pratt at Community Services Consortium (541) 758-2798

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