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Linn-Benton Livestock & Forages Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

For more information contact:

Shelby Filley (541)672-4461   shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu

 

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Rural Living Basics: Living with you Well and Septic System

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This class is designed for rural residents to learn the basics (or have a refresher) of your drinking water well and septic systems to protect the health of your family, neighbors and animals, your property investment, and the safety of groundwater resources.

The class is free and open to the public.                              However, pre-registration is appreciated to ensure

adequate supplies. To register, call Chrissy at (541) 766-3556

or send an e-mail to well.water@oregonstate.edu

 

For a free nitrate screening of your drinking water, please bring 

approximately a cup of well water in a clean container.

The event is sponsored by the OSU Extension Service, Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area, and Linn-Benton Community College

 

 

 

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Well Water Screening - Nitrate Only

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Saturday, April 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

What to Bring: 1/2 a cup untreated well water to class in a clean, water-tight container.

Why: Nitrate has been associated with a type of blue-baby syndrome, and there other emerging concerns about other potential health problems associated with nitrate in drinking water.   The areas at greatest risk for high nitrate in the Southern Willamette Valley are those with well-drained soils on the valley floor.  All homes with private wells should be actively monitored for nitrate levels, and it is recommended to test for nitrate and coliform bacteria every one to three years.

Nitrate screening takes about 10 – 15 minutes to complete.  An educator will be on hand to answer questions about wells and septic systems. General educational handouts will also be available.

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Rural Living Basics: Living with you Well and Septic System

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Saturday, April 11, 2015 6:00 PM - Monday, April 20, 2015 8:00 PM

This class is designed for rural residents to learn the basics (or have a refresher) of your drinking water well and septic systems to protect the health of your family, neighbors and animals, your property investment, and the safety of groundwater resources.

The class is free and open to the public. However, pre-registration is appreciated to ensure adequate supplies. To register, call Chrissy at (541) 766-3556or send an e-mail to well.water@oregonstate.edu

For a free nitrate screening of your drinking water, please bring approximately a cup of well water in a clean container.

The event is sponsored by the OSU Extension Service and the Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area,

 

 

 

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Agricultural Composting Resources & Education Series

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Friday, April 10, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Attend both days. On April 3 with a small team you will build a compost pile using a wide variety of materials, then on April 10 you will evaluate the performance of your pile. You will also learn about compost area siting and design, handling different materials, turned windrows and aerated static piles, composting equipment and on-farm composting, calculating C/N ratios, estimating moisture content and bulk density, environmental protection and composting regulations, compost nutrient content, compost application, and improving soil with compost.

2015 instructors include Dan Sullivan (OSU), Andy Bary (WSU), Bob Barrows (DEQ) and Wali Via (Wintergreen Farm).

ACRES is co-sponsored by OSU Extension and Clackamas County SWCD. The course is designed for agricultural professionals and on-farm composters. The registation fee covers resource notebook, lunch and workshop materials. 

For more information please visit the ACRES website.

Click here for registration page

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Lane County Livestock Association Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

For more information contact Shelby Filley (541) 672-4461  shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu

 

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Agricultural Composting Resources & Education Series

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Friday, April 3, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Attend both days. On April 3 with a small team you will build a compost pile using a wide variety of materials, then on April 10 you will evaluate the performance of your pile. You will also learn about compost area siting and design, handling different materials, turned windrows and aerated static piles, composting equipment and on-farm composting, calculating C/N ratios, estimating moisture content and bulk density, environmental protection and composting regulations, compost nutrient content, compost application, and improving soil with compost.

2015 instructors include Dan Sullivan (OSU), Andy Bary (WSU), Bob Barrows (DEQ) and Wali Via (Wintergreen Farm).

ACRES is co-sponsored by OSU Extension and Clackamas County SWCD. The course is designed for agricultural professionals and on-farm composters. The registation fee covers resource notebook, lunch and workshop materials. 

For more information please visit the ACRES website.

Click here for registration page

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Tractor Safety and Operation

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (all day event)

The beginner class is intended for new farmers or those looking to buy a new tractor. Instructors Marc Anderson and Derek Wells are  Master Trainers in farm equipment and safety education and are experts on equipment operation. Light snacks and water will be provided, please bring a sack lunch.Click here for draft agendas of beginner class.

 For more information and to register visit:  http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/%20%20adult-tractor-safety-and-operation

 

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Living on a Few Acres

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Saturday, March 14, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Attention rural landowners! Plan to attend this informative annual conference held on March 14, 2015 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. Improve your knowledge and acquire new skills by taking courses taught by experts in a variety of subjects. There is something for everyone, from gardeners and hobby farmers to ranch and farm business owners.

This educational experience, presented by the Oregon State University Extension Service, is a successful collaboration of many Central Oregon agencies, sponsors, vendors and volunteers.

Join us this year and learn more about the following topics: native plant management, horses, poultry & livestock, vegetables, hay & pasture, irrigation management, water rights, wine-making, composting & cover crops, food preservation, tractor safety & skills, small farm/acreage assessment and more!

Register Here: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/living-few-acres-conference-0 

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Designing and Establishing Insectary Plantings in Oregon Orchards and Vineyards

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Friday, March 6, 2015 - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 (all day event)

This two-part short course is built upon a two-day short course given last year by OSU and Xerces.  Last year’s course covered the basics of on-farm beneficial insects and the agricultural conservation practices that promote them on farms. This year’s two–part course will cover the technical details of designing and establishing plantings that promote beneficial insects in Oregon’s orchards and vineyards.  Part one of the course will be a winter day full of details (March 11th, The Dalles OR) on  annual and perennial insectary plantings and the specific beneficial insect predators, parasites and pollinators they attract.   Design and establishment techniques will be presented and discussed by experienced technicians and farmers and there will be an opportunity to practice habitat design and establishment on real-farm examples. Guest speakers include area orchardists and vineyardists (TBA), Drew Merritt co-owner of Humble Roots Farm and Nursery and Gwendolyn Ellen, Farmscaping for Beneficials Coordinator at OSU’s IPPC.

Part two of the course will be held in the summer 2015 on a participating vineyard/orchard in The Dalles area (details are being arranged). At the summer day participants will be able to see conservation practices at work on the farm.  There will be opportunities to reinforce and practice your course acquired knowledge, field ID beneficial insects and pests and gain practical tips from experienced farmers and conservationists on insectary planting establishment.

Important to know: There is no charge for the two-day course. Lunch will not be provided at the winter course. There is an opportunity to pre-order a bag lunch from the Basalt Rock Café at $13.80.

Registrants of Part One (March 11th, The Dalles, OR) of the course will be automatically registered for Part Two (on-farm, summer day) of the course.

Course size will be limited.   Registration is required. 

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Homesteading: Poultry Raising

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

It's not hard to raise backyard chickens, but there is a lot to know. During the course of this class we will discuss the basics of raising chickens and producing eggs and cover the following: breeds, buying chicks, feeding, housing, local regulation, and predators. Bring any other questions you may have!

Speaker: Chrissy Lucas, OSU Extension Small Farms Education Program Assistant

Register for Event:
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Well Water Screening - Nitrate Only

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

What to Bring: 1/2 a cup untreated well water to class in a clean, water-tight container.

Why: Nitrate has been associated with a type of blue-baby syndrome, and there other emerging concerns about other potential health problems associated with nitrate in drinking water.   The areas at greatest risk for high nitrate in the Southern Willamette Valley are those with well-drained soils on the valley floor.  All homes with private wells should be actively monitored for nitrate levels, and it is recommended to test for nitrate and coliform bacteria every one to three years.

 

Nitrate screening takes about 10 – 15 minutes to complete.  An educator will be on hand to answer questions about wells and septic systems. General educational handouts will also be available.

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Well Water Screening and Edible Aquifers at the Daffodil Festival

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:00 PM

Come see us at the 2015 Daffodil Festival. Learn about the Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area, ask questions about local groundwater, kids can make an edible aquifer, and get you well water screened for nitrate - all for FREE.

Screening takes about 10 minutes, bring a sample of you well water in any clean container. 

Nitrate has been associated with a type of blue-baby syndrome, and there other emerging concerns about other potential health problems associated with nitrate in drinking water.   The areas at greatest risk for high nitrate in the Southern Willamette Valley are those with well-drained soils on the valley floor.  All homes with private wells should be actively monitored for nitrate levels, and it is recommended to test for nitrate and coliform bacteria every one to three years.

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OSU Blueberry School

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Monday, March 16, 2015 - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (all day event)

This two-day blueberry “school” is intended for both new and experienced blueberry growers, farm managers, crew leaders, advisors, packers/shippers, and consultants. Experts from Oregon State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Washington State University, and the blueberry industry will address key issues of where the blueberry market is going; how you might be more successful in tight labor or volume markets; which cultivars are easiest to grow and are in most demand; how to establish new acreage using cutting-edge methods; projected costs and the resources available to growers for selecting new planting sites; how to best manage existing acreage to maximize returns of high-quality fruit; basic information on blueberry plant physiology to help growers minimize environmental stresses and improve yield potential; nutrient management programs for optimal growth and quality; irrigation and fertigation practices for higher quality and better efficiency; use of organic amendments and mulches; using weed mat as a mulch (strengths and possible weaknesses); planning for and improving machine harvest efficiency; pruning for hand or machine harvest (where can you cut corners….or not), maximizing pollination for good fruit and seed set; overviews of the most important blueberry viruses, diseases, insects, weeds, and vertebrate pests; and tools for good pest management. Information throughout the program will address the needs of conventional, transitional, and organic growers. For more information see our draft agenda.

Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize with speakers and other industry members during breaks, lunches, social hour, and dinner, all of which are included in the registration fee. The registration fee also includes a proceedings booklet, containing written summaries and relevant information for each topic covered, and a USB flash drive with PDF versions of the presentations (available at the event).

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Lane County Livestock Association Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

For more information contact Shelby Filley (541) 672-4461  shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu

 

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Linn-Benton Livestock & Forages Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - 1 hour 40 min ago
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

For more information contact:

Shelby Filley (541)672-4461   shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu

 

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2015 OSU Oregon Small Farms Conference

Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:35am
Saturday, February 28, 2015 (all day event)

This daylong event is geared toward farmers, agriculture professsionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets.

Twenty-four sessions will be offered on a variety of topics relevant to Oregon small farmers including small farm profitability, meat processing, orcharding and much more!  This year will also include a track in Spanish. 

Speakers will include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness representatives and more.  

For more conference details and registration please visit: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfc

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'Drylands' - Free Film Screening

Small Farms Events - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:35pm
Friday, February 27, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The night before the Small Farms Conference there will be a free screening of the film, Drylands.

Filmed over a decade and set in the American West, Dryland traces a young man’s quest for victory in a rambunctious contest, while battling to preserve a threatened way of life. This cinematic meditation on the fate of rural America reveals a paradoxical struggle between technological advancement and the dwindling family farm. Josh Knodel and best friend Matt Miller strive to win the Lind Combine Demolition Derby, save their town, and preserve the legacy of their families’ Eastern Washington wheat farms. Bittersweet yet exuberant, Dryland champions hope, in a celebration of hard work and harder play, fueled by ingenuity, heart, and axle grease. 

Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015

Time: 7:00pm

Cost: **** Free event, but donation of non-perishable food is appreciated****

Location: C & E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU Campus, Corvallis

More movie information and film trailer here: http://www.drylandmovie.net/

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Assets and Needs

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:31pm

Evaluators are often the key people identified to conduct a needs assessment. A needs assessment is identified in the situation that exists before the intervention is designed or implemented. Hopefully.  Currently, there is discussion in the field that rather than focusing on needs (i.e., what is missing, needed), there should be discussions of assets (i.e., what is available, strengths). My favorite go-to person on needs assessments is Jim Altschuld who has published a volume that talks about bridging the gap between the two. . In it, he talks about the difference between the two. He says, “Need is a noun, a problem that should be attended to or resolved. It is a gap or discrepancy between the ‘what should be’ and the ‘what is’ conditions”. However, assets/capacity building (emphasis added) refer “…to building a culture in an organization or community so that it can grow and change in accord with its strengths…”

Recently, at a meeting looking at diversity, I suggested the focus be on assets rather than needs. The meeting’s facilitator jumped from looking at assets to conducting a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis.

I went looking for how Altschuld treats this topic (he doesn’t–at least it isn’t in the index).

So I wondered how these two approaches are related. Certainly, strengths could be equated with assets (although the Wikipedia page cited above says strengths are “characteristics of the business or project that give it an advantage over others” which are not exactly the same thing as assets) and weaknesses could be equated to needs (although the Wikipedia page cited above says weaknesses are “characteristics that place the business or project at a disadvantage relative to others”).  I don’t think in terms of “others” when I conduct a needs assessment or an assets assessment that consequently builds capacity. So, how is the project (intervention) at a disadvantage? How is it at an advantage. I suppose that a current situation that “needs” something could be at a disadvantage when compared to others (interventions, projects, programs). Typically, the evaluator doesn’t have the time or other resources to explore how the situation is different/disadvantaged from others.

Where do the opportunities and threats fit? The Wikipedia citation says that opportunities are “elements that the project could exploit to its advantage” (are these not assets?) and threats are “elements in the environment that could cause trouble for the business or project” (these could be needs,certainly).

Sounds to me like a SWOT is detailed approach that includes some of the same things that a needs and assets assessment includes. The biggest difference that I see is that SWOT  includes comparison “others”. What if there is not an “other”?  What if the project is in a controlled environment? Can this be a useful tool to an evaluator? What do you think?

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Japanese fish found off Oregon; 2011 tsunami link possible

Breaking Waves - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:21am

The striped knifejaw caught off Port Orford in veterinary quarantine tank at HMSC

NEWPORT – Oregon scientists, including specialists from Oregon Sea Grant, are examining an unusual fish hauled out of the ocean near Port Orford in a crab pot last week for possible connections to the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

The fish, an Oplegnathus fasciatus (sometimes called a barred knifejaw or striped beakfish) is in quarantine at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, under the care of OSG aquatic veterinarian Tim Miller-Morgan.

While it’s hard to say whether the fish was transported across the Pacific by debris from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, its appearance in US waters raises questions, according to OSU’s John Chapman, an aquatic invasive species specialist based at the Hatfield Center.

Sea Grant invasive species expert Sam Chan estimates the fish to be around 1-2 years old, which makes it unlikely the animal left Japan in 2011. But, he added, “a boat could have been milling around Asian waters for the past 2-3 years and then picked up the fish and ridden the currents over. The big question is – are there more of these.” He said Sea Grant would work with Oregon commercial fisherman, crabbers and others to keep a lookout for more of the species.

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