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Organic Cherry Pruning Workshop

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

In this workshop you will learn the basics of tree fruit pruning, special details for organic orchards, sanitation, pruner safety and specific considerations for cherry pruning.

Instructors: Scott Robins & Javier Fernandez-Salvador 

Practical demonstration adn field practice will be available - Bring your pruning tools!

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Your Farm: Growing Success

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Friday, February 24, 2017 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Taught by Atina Diffley, a nationally known farmer & wholesale development expert. Hosted by Thrive and FamilyFarmed. The event is hosted by Thrive Family Farmed and OSU Extension Small Farms.

This workshop will help you decide which markets are right for your farm, how to develop your business plan, and will cover crop planning to meet market needs and maximize profits, postharvest handling, sorting and packing for wholesale markets, and designing your packing shed. This workshop is designed to increase the profitability of small-scale, diversified produce farmers. 

Registration includes a copy of Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety, Selling, Postharvest Handling, and Packing Produce, a light lunch, snacks, and hot beverages.

REGISTER ON LINE (preferred):  https://apps.ideal-logic.com/osuextension?key=F3T9-25VWY_K9KH-5PTF_2d5df9c2

Questions about the workshop, please call THRIVE at 541-488-7884 or email: wholesalethrive@gmail.com

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BASIC FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Instructor: David Mostue, farmer & equipment guru.
This class offers an introduction to farm equipment maintenance and repair including: 1) an overview of how small gas engines and larger gas and diesel engines run.  2) Proper fluid levels & fluid change schedules.  3) Basic maintenance and tuning.  4) Identifying and troubleshooting problems.  5)  Fixing /customizing all types of farm equipment.  6) How to tell when you can fix a problem yourself & when you need to call in an expert or haul your tractor to town. Call 541-776-7371 or (preferred) REGISTER ON LINE: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms


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EXPLORING THE SMALL FARM DREAM

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Monday, March 6, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday evenings March 6, 13, and 20.
This three-session course provides an excellent framework to help new farmers assess their skills and interests, learn the realities of farm business ownership, and become connected to local resources. The aim is to help those thinking about small-scale commercial farming learn what it will take to start and manage a farm business, and decide whether that is something they really want to pursue.
Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarmDream
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Tracking and Using Cost of Production Information

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Thursday, March 9, 2017 (all day event)

Knowing your costs of production is critical for making informed business decisions about pricing, crop mix, market channel mix, scale, production practices, capital investments and more. The Cost Study Program is a project developed through a partnership between OSU’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, and Oregon Tilth that supports farmers with data tracking needed to determine crop specific costs and with using this information for business decision-making. During this workshop, participants will learn about how the Cost Study Program works and how farmer participants in the 2016 Cost Study Program tracked data, crunched their numbers, and are using the results from this analysis for decision-making focused on improving farm profitability.

Registration will open soon!

For more information visit: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events

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ADVANCED FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Instructor: David Mostue, farmer & equipment guru.
Enrollment limited to 8. Basic Farm Equipment a pre-requisite. Small class size will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on skills with maintenance and repair of small gas engines and larger gas and diesel engines; tractor implements customization; and basic welding. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own equipment projects to work on. Project scope will be limited by class length.Discuss project ideas with David at the end of the basic class.
Register: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms

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BASIC FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Instructor: David Mostue, farmer & equipment guru.
This class offers an introduction to farm equipment maintenance and repair including:

*An overview of how small gas engines and larger gas and diesel engines run.
*Proper fluid levels & fluid change schedules.
*Basic maintenance and tuning.
*Identifying and troubleshooting problems.
*Fixing /customizing all types of farm equipment.

How to tell when you can fix a problem yourself & when you need to call in an expert or haul your tractor to town. Read about Advanced Farm Equipment class on March 11 & 18...
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POULTRY MANAGEMENT for LARGER FLOCKS

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Demand for local eggs and poultry meat is hot, but how does one manage larger flocks of birds? Dr. James Hermes, poultry specialist with Oregon State University, will present this class with a focus on breed selection, poultry health and disease, feeding and nutrition and economics. His current research is in alternative feeds for small flocks and pastured organic and free-range poultry production.

Instructor: James Hermes, Ph.D., OSU Poultry Specialist

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EXPLORING THE SMALL FARM DREAM

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Monday, March 6, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Mondays, March 6, 13 and 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
This three-session course provides an excellent framework to help new farmers assess their skills and interests, learn the realities of farm business ownership, and become connected to local resources. The aim is to help those thinking about small-scale commercial farming learn what it will take to start and manage a farm business, and decide whether that is something they really want to pursue.
Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarmDream

 

 

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ADVANCED FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Two Saturdays, March 11 and March 18.
Instructor: David Mostue, farmer & equipment guru.
Enrollment limited to 8. Basic Farm Equipment a pre-requisite. Small class size will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on skills with maintenance and repair of small gas engines and larger gas and diesel engines; tractor implements customization; and basic welding. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own equipment projects to work on. Project scope will be limited by class length.Discuss project ideas with David at the end of the basic class.
Register: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms
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Northwest Horse Fair & Expo

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Friday, March 24, 2017 - Sunday, March 26, 2017 (all day event)

The Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2017, presented by Akins Trailer Sales, will celebrate the spirit of the horse, featuring fancy dancing horses, spell-binding equine entertainment, first-class clinicians, dynamic demos, and a huge trade show, providing wholesome family fun for horse lovers of all ages!

Now in it’s eighteenth year, the expo will kick off Thursday evening March 23, with the first round of a brand new event: the Mustang Adoption Challenge 2017, presented by Teens & Oregon Mustangs. Then the “mane event” gets into full swing, running three full days: March 24, 25 and 26, with an array of equine performances, entertainment and education, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon.

More information & tickets available here: http://equinepromotions.net/northwest-horse-fair/event-details/

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The Agritourism Summit for Marion and Polk Counties

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
 The Oregon Garden| Orchid Ballroom | 895 W. Main Street, SILVERTON   An education and networking event for farm direct marketers and other agritourism operators. Designed for all sizes and types of farms, woodlands, nurseries, wineries, food processors and botanical gardens. The Summit will feature training in Farm Direct Marketing and Other Agritourism practices. Sessions: l Trends & Markets l Safety & Liability for Farm Visits l Land Use Laws and Regulations l Models of Success l Effective Marketing Speakers represent: UVM and OSU Extension Services, Polk and Marion County Community Planning Divisions, and Travel Salem. Lodging special rate: Room night rate of $89 +tax for Feb. 27 and 28. Deadline to receive this price is January 27.      Dr. Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension is keynote speaker and author of Food, Farms and Community: Exploring Food Systems. $18 per person and includes catered lunch. Paid garden admission is not required to attend. Summit attendees will receive discounted garden admission after the event if they wish a self-guided tour. Please register by February 24 to: http://bit.ly/MarionAgritourism, 503-588-5301 or by email: agritourism@oregonstate.edu
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MASON BEES-BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LEARN ABOUT MASON BEES AS IMPORTANT POLLINATORS, AND BUILD A SPECIAL HOUSE FOR THEM TO TAKE HOME TO YOUR GARDEN.

PLEASE PRE PAY AND REGISTER ONLINE AT:http://bit.ly/JacksonMG2017

$15.00 IF PAID AT THE DOOR.
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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FOOD FOREST

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A FOOD FOREST IS A TECHNIQUE WHICH MIMICS A WOODLAND ECOSYSTEM BY SUBMITTING EDIBLE TREES. SHRUBS, PERENNIALS AND ANNUALS.

PLEASE PRE PAY AND REGISTER ONLINE AT:http://bit.ly/JacksonMG2017

$15.00 IF PAID AT THE DOOR.
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On-Farm Food Safety Project

Small Farms Events - 56 min 31 sec ago
Sunday, February 19, 2017 (all day event)

The OSU Center for Small Farms has teamed up with FamilyFarmed to bring their On-Farm Food Safety Project to Oregon in February in three day-long workshops: February 16, 17, and 19.

These workshops, taught by Atina Diffley, nationally known farmer & on-farm food safety expert, will cover practical food safety strategies for your farm, along with up-to-date guidance on FSMA requirements and compliance strategies.

Workshop #1 is designed for mid-scale produce farmers

  • February 16, 2017
  • OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Cente, Aurora, OR

Workshop #2 is designed for small-scale, diversified produce farmers

  •  February 17, 2017
  • Food Innovation Center, Portland, OR

Workshop #3 is designed for small-scale diversidied produce farmers

  • February 19, 2017
  • OSU Alumni Center, Corvallis, OR

 

For more information or to register, contact Heidi Noordijk (heidi.noordijk@oregonstate.edu) or visit this info & registration page

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Oregon Small Farms Conference

Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 2:36pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Oregon Small Farms Conference is a daylong event geared toward farmers, agricultural professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets.  Thirty educational sessions are offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers and include a track in Spanish. Speakers include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness, and more.

More information available here:  http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfc

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On-Farm Food Safety Project

Small Farms Events - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:40pm
Friday, February 17, 2017 (all day event)

The OSU Center for Small Farms has teamed up with FamilyFarmed to bring their On-Farm Food Safety Project to Oregon in February in three day-long workshops: February 16, 17, and 19.

These workshops, taught by Atina Diffley, nationally known farmer & on-farm food safety expert, will cover practical food safety strategies for your farm, along with up-to-date guidance on FSMA requirements and compliance strategies.

Workshop #1 is designed for mid-scale produce farmers

  • February 16, 2017
  • OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Cente, Aurora, OR

Workshop #2 is designed for small-scale, diversified produce farmers

  • February 17, 2017
  • Food Innovation Center, Portland, OR

Workshop #3 is designed for small-scale diversidied produce farmers

  • February 19, 2017
  • OSU Alumni Center, Corvallis, OR

 

For more information or to register, contact Heidi Noordijk (heidi.noordijk@oregonstate.edu) or visit this info & registration page

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On-Farm Food Safety Project

Small Farms Events - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:36pm
Thursday, February 16, 2017 (all day event)

The OSU Center for Small Farms has teamed up with FamilyFarmed to bring their On-Farm Food Safety Project to Oregon in February in three day-long workshops: February 16, 17, and 19.

These workshops, taught by Atina Diffley, nationally known farmer & on-farm food safety expert, will cover practical food safety strategies for your farm, along with up-to-date guidance on FSMA requirements and compliance strategies.

Workshop #1 is designed for mid-scale produce farmers

  • February 16, 2017
  • OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Cente, Aurora, OR

Workshop #2 is designed for small-scale, diversified produce farmers

  •  February 17, 2017
  • Food Innovation Center, Portland, OR

Workshop #3 is designed for small-scale diversidied produce farmers

  • February 19, 2017
  • OSU Alumni Center, Corvallis, OR

 

For more information or to register, contact Heidi Noordijk (heidi.noordijk@oregonstate.edu) or visit this info & registration page

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Cider & Perry Orcharding

Small Farms Events - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:36pm
Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM

Back by popular demand, NABC offers a workshop tailor made for the Orchardist wanting to grow cider & Perry fruit in marine climates. Gary Moulton, local Pomologist & Orchardist, will take you throught everything you need to know at this one-day workshop, addressing the critical issues for marine climate orcharding of these specalty fruits. Topics include:

  • Cider & Perry Varietals (discussion, sampling)
  • Soil Fertility and Amendmants
  • Planning, Planting & Orchard Layout
  • Rootstock, Irrigation, Harvest Methods
  • Pest Control
  • Grafting
  • Pruning, Training & Fruit Thinning

If you have unidentified fruit from your orchard, please feel free to bring a sample for indentification.

Workshop Registration Fee: $95.00

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Register online at: www.agbizcenter.org (Classes & Workshops) 

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Amber reflections from the scientist who inspired Jurassic Park

Terra - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:56am

By Katharine de Baun, College of Science

George Poinar, Jr., a courtesy professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, together with his wife, Roberta, inspired the original science behind the book and movie Jurassic Park when they published a paper in Science showing that chromatin-like material in nuclei of a 40-million-year-old fly in Baltic amber was still recognizable. The paper provided author Michael Crichton with a plausible scientific basis for the fiction of obtaining dinosaur DNA from mosquitoes preserved in 100-million-year-old amber.

Over a long and storied career, Poinar has made some extraordinary discoveries.

Alien-looking 100-million-year-old insect recently discovered in amber

In 2006 he discovered the oldest bee ever known, a 100-million-year-old specimen preserved in amber that called for the classification of a new hybrid wasp-bee family, Melittosphecidae, supporting the theory that bees evolved from meat-eating wasps. In 2014 he unveiled an ancient flower which might have been pollinated by such a bee, providing the oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant – a Cretaceous-period angiosperm replete with pollen tubes and pollen-dusted stigma, the same mechanisms used by flowers to reproduce today. And in 2017, he discovered a bizarre and alien-looking insect with bulging eyes and a 180-degree-swiveling triangular head, features so unusual that the bug required the creation of a new order of insects.

Many of Poinar’s discoveries were launched here at Oregon State University, home to Poinar and his wife and co-author Roberta since 1995. Recently, he offered us some “amber” reflections on his extensive career and life to date.

 What brought you to OSU?

There were several reasons. My wife Roberta and I wanted to get away from the congestion in the Bay Area, and Corvallis seemed the ideal college town, like the one I grew up in in Berea, Ohio (home to Baldwin-Wallace College). There were also some scientists up here I wanted to work with regarding amber fossils.  One of these was paleobiologist Art Boucot. We eventually wrote a book together titled Fossil Behavior Compendium.

I also wanted to work on amber flowers with Ken Chambers in Botany (College of Agricultural Sciences). Since then we have published a number of papers on flowers from Dominican, Mexican, Baltic and Burmese amber. I also wanted to finish my book on life in the Pacific sand dunes. I had studied the dunes in California and needed to study the northern ones in Oregon and Washington. So Roberta and I purchased a little dune house in Waldport where I set up a laboratory and every weekend went over there or to other Oregon and Washington beaches to study the plant and insect life. The final book, entitled A Naturalist’s Guide to the Hidden World of Pacific Northwest Dunes, was published last year by Oregon State University Press.

How have you been involved over the years with the university?  

Ever since 1995, when I arrived and was offered a position as Courtesy Professor, I have conducted all of my research at OSU and given several lectures in Paleontology and Entomology over the years. Also, I donated several ancient fossilized gum and amber specimens from New Zealand, along with cones and leaves of the rare Kauri tree (Agathis sp.)(Araucariaceae) to the Botany Department.

As a paleobiologist, you’ve examined the remains of many extinct species. Where are we headed now as a planet/life form in terms of extinction?

Extinction is bound to come to all species in one way or another. There are many reasons why species become extinct and today humans are but another cause of extinctions, aside from those caused by natural events (volcanism, comets, earthquakes, diseases, etc.). Our goal, as humans, is to live peaceful, healthy, productive lives as long as we can. There is much we can do to mitigate our worst effects.

How has your work influenced how you think about your life  today?

I was very fortunate to have a mother interested in nature and teachers and professors who encouraged my interests in biology. Serendipity has also played a large part in my life. It involves having the nerve to jump at opportunities that come only once in a lifetime. I have no regrets.

Are movies like Jurassic Park the best way to convey scientific research and its implications to the general public? 

Movies and fiction stories do convey messages, but the messages are more futuristic than realistic, and often exaggerate the menacing aspects to elicit an emotional reaction. Based on my experience teaching nature to kids at YMCA camps years ago, we are born with an inquisitive nature and are fascinated with life around us.  It is just that later, many of us fall under the influence of commercialization and find it difficult to amalgamate our lives with the natural world.

What advice would you give a young scientist today, just starting out?

Choose a subject that interests you and study it as long as you can, no matter what life throws at you.  As long as you are fascinated with your work, it isn’t really work and that part of your life can be exciting and at least bearable. The education process never ends, even when you finish your formal education. New discoveries show that there is always more to learn

When you look at creatures from 100 million years ago preserved in amber, do they speak to you?  If so, what is the message?  

These strange, amazing life forms from the past, most of which differ from anything around today, challenge our present classification of organisms. When I look at them, frozen in time millions of years before we evolved, I imagine them saying, you will never be able to understand what I was, how long I survived and what caused my demise. And they are right.

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