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'Run For Your Life' benefit run

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Run For Your Life supports the critical work of the CPHHS Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program and raises awareness for multiple sclerosis. For 15 years the program has been providing individualized physical activity instruction for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The program is offered free of charge. Two graduate students run the program with the assistance of 25 undergraduates who volunteer their time. The program has no funds to purchase new equipment for participants. Primary pieces have been handed down from gyms on campus, which often need to be repaired or modified for the participants with disabilities. Your sponsorship would assist the program providing the latest in equipment to help those with MS reach their potential for activity. For example, arm ergometers and seated cable stations could be purchased for individuals in wheelchairs or with balance issues.

Details, course maps and register at http://corvallisrunforyourlife.com/

PWLA Innovation Summit

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Friday, October 17, 2014 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Please join us for a morning of learning with professors from the Oregon State University Department of Wood Science and Engineering. We’ll get to learn about exciting new fields of study in our industry, and connect with the instructors at the forefront of forestry innovation. We’ll get to hear about multi-story wooden structures, related code issues and what to expect in the future. After the lectures, we will tour the lab facilities.  A more detailed schedule will be provided upon RSVP.

Coffee and light snacks will be available in the morning, followed by lunch at Woodstock’s Pizza. Pizza and soda are included with your registration fee.

Agenda and registration information on the PWLA website.

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

NAWLA Wood Basics

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Monday, September 8, 2014 8:00 AM - Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:00 PM

The NAWLA Wood Basics Course was started in 1981 to educate and develop a skilled workforce for the forest products industry. Over 1,500 have graduated from the Course since its inception, representing a broad cross section of the industry. Since that time, the curriculum has evolved with the industry, in areas such as technology and global trade. Today, the Wood Basics Course provides companies the best value and option to ensure its employees have the tools and knowledge to help them succeed.

The Wood Basics Course is a four-day immersion class that includes both classroom training and field operations. The curriculum encompasses the entire spectrum of the forest products industry: from seed to tree, from production to sales. Classes are taught be industry experts and cover all the topics relevant to success, such as:

  •  Negotiation Training
  •  Product Knowledge
  •  Understanding Industry Pricing
  •  Logistics & Transportation
  •  Forest Management & Operations 

The instructors are recognized experts in their respective fields, including corporate executives and industry consultants. The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, College of Forestry at Oregon State University & the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University provide many of the facilities, while its professors also act as instructors.

See http://www.nawla.org/education/wood-basics-course/ for more information.

Central Oregon Citizen Fire Academy

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Thursday, September 25, 2014 5:30 PM - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:30 PM

The Citizen Fire Academy (CFA) volunteer education program represents a joint effort of many statewide and local agencies. The goals of this program are to develop your skills and knowledge so that you may help reduce the risk of catastrophic effects of wildfire for your home, your neighborhood, and your community.

Topics we will cover:
  • Fire Science and Ecology
  • Living in a Fire Environment
  • Home Protection Strategies
  • Fire-Resistant Landscapes
  • Evacuation Planning
  • Fuels Reduction Strategies

Skills you will gain:

  • Conduct home assessments
  • Assess fuels and fire risk
  • Communicate effectively with a wide array of people
  • Work with local partners (e.g. Project Wildfire, homeowner associations) to create neighborhood fire plans.

CLASS FORMAT: The Central Oregon CFA program will be offered with a mix of online modules and experiential field tours. Each online module includes reading and video tutorials, a self-quiz (not graded), discussion board, and “office hour” session that you can either attend in person at the OSU Extension office in Redmond or as a phone call. In addition, you will work on your own fire preparedness plan throughout the course and present your final plan at the graduation session.

 VOLUNTEER: It is hoped that after taking the course, you will contribute to wildfire preparedness in some capacity. This might look like helping your neighbors assess their properties, to staffing a booth at an outreach event, to writing articles. How you serve will depend on your personal strengths, interests, and abilities.

 For more info:              http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/

 Agenda:

Introductory Session and Dinner, October 8th, 5:30pm -8:00 P.M.

Online Module 1: Fire Science, October 9th – October 15th

Office Hour: Oct. 15th, noon – 1pm

Online Module 2: Living in a Fire Environment, October 16th – 25th

Office Hour: Oct. 24th noon – 1pm

OPTIONAL FIRE ECOLOGY FIELD TOUR, October 22nd, 8:30am – 4:30 pm

Field Tour: Fire Science, Living in a Fire Adapted Ecosystem and the Wildland-Urban Interface. October 25th, 8:30am – 4:30 pm

 Online Module 3: Home Protection Strategies, October 27th – November 5th. Office Hour: Nov. 5th, noon-1:00pm

Online Module 4: Fuels Reduction Strategies. November 6th – November 12th. Office Hour: Nov. 12th, noon – 1:00pm

Field Tour: Evaluating Fire Risk around homes and neighborhoods, fuels reduction treatments, volunteerism. November 15th, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Final Session November 19th, 5:30pm – 8:00 pm

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

Mount Mazama: Ashes to Forest

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Join Extension Forest Health Specialist, Dave Shaw and Extension Watershed Specialist, Paul Adams, along with your local agent Steve Bowers on a tour that will discuss the four basic western Oregon forest types as they developed in the shadow of Mount Mazama over 7,000 years ago.

Forest types being discussed will include oak savannah, Douglas-fir, mixed conifer and high elevation/lodgepole pine.

In each of the stops, topics of interest will include:

  • Occurrence of noxious weeds
  • Tree Species
  • Soil types
  • Insect & disease identification
  • Environmental influences
  • Wood qualities
  • Management implications

At the midpoint of the tour, we will eat lunch at the Diamond Lake Lodge.  Participants can bring their own or each will be required to pay for their own meal.  All other accommodations on the tour are included at no cost.  This includes van, handouts and refreshments along the way.

Registration is required as we need an accurate count to accommodate refreshments and transportation.  There will be a limited number of spaces for this event, so you are encouraged to register early.

Forest of Arts

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:00 AM - Sunday, October 5, 2014 5:00 PM

Hopkins Demonstration Forest and Three Rivers Artist Guild present the Second Annual Forest of Arts.

So much to discover in 140 acres of native forest...

  • Free Admission
  • Meet the artists selling sculpture, paintings, jewelry, woodwork and more
  • Family friendly, hands-on crafts and demonstrations
  • Performances, interactive displays, plein air painting and music
  • Local food and wine
  • Free Parking and shuttle to the event
  • Free Forest tours

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

Benton Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tour the family forest of Mike & Molly Albrecht see the work they have done to bring productivity back to a site harvested before their ownership and how they have grappled with challenges such as maple competition and legacy roads. They also participant in the Woods Creek restoration project  to add large woody debris, reconnect side channel alcoves and plant conifers in the riparian zone

Date: Saturday September 6, 2014

Time: carpool caravan leaves Philomath at 9:00 am, return approximately 12:30 pm for luncheon

Location: meet at the Marys River Park in Philomath (300 S 11th Street, behind the Philomath Public Library) at 9:00 am to carpool to the Albrechts’ “JuliusTree Farm” on Woods Creek Rd, west of Philomath.

Registration is required by Friday, August 29 by e-mail to jody.einerson@oregonstate.edu or phone 541 766 6750. When you register, please indicate if you will need a ride up a ~1/4-mile steep hill.

The tour is free and lunch is $5, which can be paid at the park.

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

Demeter's Biodynamic Garden & Lounge returns to the National Heirloom Exposition.Santa Rosa, Ca

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Thursday, September 11, 2014 (all day event)

 

 

For immediate release

Demeter's Biodynamic Garden & Lounge
returns to the National Heirloom Exposition

 

Santa Rosa, CA August 13, 2014—With a mission to heal the earth through agriculture, Demeter USA once again hosts its popular Biodynamic Garden and Lounge with a full slate of speakers and panels at this year's 2014 National Heirloom Exposition.

A three-day fair devoted to the pure food movement, heirloom seeds, and anti-GMO education, the National Heirloom Exposition takes over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 9-11, 2014.

Now in its fourth year, the Expo last year drew over 18,000 visitors and Demeter's Garden and Lounge was a favored attraction. Located in the heart of the Expo footprint, this 15,000-square-foot installation offers relaxation and refreshment for guests to enjoy while learning about Biodynamic® farming principles and products.

Offering three full days of free education with Expo admission, Demeter's Garden and Lounge featured speakers this year include Dan Kent of Salmon-Safe, a new Demeter USA partner in the national "Farming in the Wild" program; Cynthia Sandberg of Love Apple Farm, the partner-grower to the esteemed South Bay restaurant Manresa; Harald Hoven of the Rudolph Steiner College; apiarist Michael Thiele, co-founder of Melissa's Garden bee sanctuary; Demeter USA co-director Jim Fullmer; "Slow Money" expert John Bloom; and many others.

As part of the Expo's Kid's Day programming, Demeter's Garden and Lounge hosts Malibu Compost in a free activity for students ages 5-17 on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Using open-pollinated Biodynamic seeds donated by Turtle Tree Seed company, young people will be invited to start plants that can be taken home for their own gardens—helping them grow into a healthier future as adults.

Interest in Biodynamic farming, viticulture, and products has never been higher, particularly in Northern California, where some 40 producers are either Demeter-certified or amid the transition to certification.

More comprehensive than organic, Biodynamic production treats the farm as a closed loop, a holistic whole in which all elements from the people to the soil are interdependent. Grape growers and vintners have been enthusiastic adopters of Biodynamic farming, not only because it is the best for their land, but because such wines are of avid interest to educated consumers. Look for a display of Demeter-certified products, including wine, onsite.

Join us at Demeter's Biodynamic Garden and Lounge this September at the National Heirloom Exposition, quickly becoming known as "The World's Fair of Pure Food."

 

Details: Demeter's Biodynamic Garden & Lounge at the National Heirloom Exposition

Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 9-11, 2014

Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa

Open 11am to 8pm

Exposition admission, $10 a day; $25 for all days; under 17, free.

Demeter Lounge and Garden admission included

 

Participating Organizations: Amanda Lane Photography, Blossom’s Farm, Biodynamic Association of Northern California (BDNAC), Bohemian Stoneworks, Dark Horse Farming Company, Demeter USA, DIY Edible Gardens, Frizelle Enos, Gaia Bees, Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products Inc., Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery, Healdsburg SHED, Healing Spirit Plants, Hundred Acre Wood Farm, Live Power Farm, Love Apple Farms, Lundberg Family Farms, Malibu Compost, Permaculture Artisans, Quantum Culture, RSF Social Finance, Robinwood Construction, Rudolf Steiner College, Salmon-Safe, Whole Foods Market

 

 

Sponsors: Demeter USA, Whole Foods Market, Presence Marketing, Dark Horse Farming Company, DIY Edible Gardens, Frey Vineyards, Healdsburg SHED, Lundberg Family Farms, Frey Vineyards, RSF Social Finance

 

Media

Contact: Elizabeth Candelario

Co-Director, Demeter USA

707.529.4412

Elizabeth@demeter-usa.org

 

About Demeter USA

Demeter USA is the United States’ representative of Demeter International. It is a not for-profit that was incorporated in 1985 with the mission to enable people to farm successfully, in accordance with Biodynamic® practices and principles. Demeter’s vision is to heal the planet through agriculture. For more information, please visit www.demeter-usa.org.

 

About the National Heirloom Expo

Produced by the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and the Petaluma Seed Bank, the 4th annual National Heirloom Exposition is a significant voice in the worlds of heirloom and artisan food and products, non-GMO, and sustainable farming. Known as "The World's Fair of Pure Food," this year’s event is expected to draw close to 20,000 people from all over the country. With emphasis on the increased awareness of label GMO campaigns, there will be a particularly large presence of pure food advocates, truth in labeling activists, and many more interested in promoting healthy living. In addition to the Demeter Biodynamic classes and workshops, over 100 speakers will present on subjects as diverse as seed saving, GMOs, home gardening, food politics and policy, farming, marketing local foods, and more. 

 

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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This is a multi-part series including sessions on forage assessment, harvest management, irrigation, renovation techniques, and fertility and includes indoor meetings as well as outdoor to demonstrate the principles of the series.  We will have a "project ranch" that we work on together, including site visits and an on-line document sharing blog.  The project ranch will be the Wilson Farm, the OSU sheep facility with sheep and cattle grazing the pastures.  You can also work on your own ranch as a side project if desired.  The object of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley.

Instructors:  Shelby Filley and other OSU faculty and local experts

Fee:  $25 per evening per individual or ranch/family group and $100 for the series of five sessions.

Please pre-register by completing the registration form

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2014 Seed Crop and Cereal Production Meetings

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3 ODA PESTICIDE CREDITS AVAILABLE

3 LOCATIONS AND TIMES

FULL AGENDA FLYER:  http://oregonstate.edu/valleyfieldcrops/2014-fall-seed-crop-and-cereal-production-meetings

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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This is a multi-part series including sessions on forage assessment, harvest management, irrigation, renovation techniques, and fertility and includes indoor meetings as well as outdoor to demonstrate the principles of the series.  We will have a "project ranch" that we work on together, including site visits and an on-line document sharing blog.  The project ranch will be the Wilson Farm, the OSU sheep facility with sheep and cattle grazing the pastures.  You can also work on your own ranch as a side project if desired.  The object of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley.

Instructors:  Shelby Filley and other OSU faculty and local experts

Fee:  $25 per evening per individual or ranch/family group and $100 for the series of five sessions.

Please pre-register by completing the registration form

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Small Farm School

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:46pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Small Farm School is a full day event with hands on and classroom workshops for beginning farmer and small acreage rural landowners. Join us the first Saturday of September at Clackamas Community College.

Field and classroom workshops include pig and poultry management, fruit and vegetable production, soil management, tractor safety and operation, on farm veterinary care and much more.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Labor Day

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 4:50pm
Monday, September 1, 2014 (all day event)
National Holiday. Campus closed. Enjoy a 3 day weekend!

YACHATS OPEN HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR

Gardening Events - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:40am
Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting various events throughout their annual MASTER GARDENER WEEK, August 17 - 24, at various locations.