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Domestic Well Safety

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 5 min ago
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The class is designed for domestic well owners to learn the basics of groundwater and water well stewardship. Learn steps to protect the health of your family, neighbors, animals, your property investment, and the safety of groundwater resources.

The class is free, but space is limited.

RSVP by calling 503-588-5407 or emailing gdeblase@co.marion.or.us

Presented by Marion County Environmental Health in partnership with OSU Extension Service. 

More information at http://www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/PH/EHS

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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 5 min ago
Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Each part consists of an evening classroom presentation at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility on the OSU campus, followed by a morning field practical at a local outdoor location.

Class meets Wednesdays (6 – 8:30 pm) and Thursdays (10 – noon). Topics for each month are:
April 19 & 20 – Farm and Forage Assessment
May 24 & 25 – Harvest Management
June 28 & 29 – Irrigation
August 16 and 17 – Fertility
September 20 and 21 – Renovation Techniques

Speakers will be Shelby Filley, David Hannaway, Serkan Ates, Gene Pirelli, and Troy Downing, plus other OSU faculty and local experts.

This series will focus on a “project ranch” that we work on together, including site visits and on-line document sharing and 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 objective of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley.
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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 5 min ago
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Each part consists of an evening classroom presentation at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility on the OSU campus, followed by a morning field practical at a local outdoor location.

Class meets Wednesdays (6 – 8:30 pm) and Thursdays (10 – noon). Topics for each month are:
April 19 & 20 – Farm and Forage Assessment
May 24 & 25 – Harvest Management
June 28 & 29 – Irrigation
August 16 and 17 – Fertility
September 20 and 21 – Renovation Techniques

Pre-registration and a $30 fee per part per ranch is required. There is a discounted price of $120 for signing up for all five parts. Click here for on-line registration. If you do not have Internet access, stop by or call the OSU Extension Linn County office, 541-248-1088 for assistance.


Speakers will be Shelby Filley, David Hannaway, Serkan Ates, Gene Pirelli, and Troy Downing, plus other OSU faculty and local experts.

This series will focus on a “project ranch” that we work on together, including site visits and on-line document sharing and 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 objective of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley.

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Soil School

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 5 min ago
Saturday, April 8, 2017 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Soil School 2017 will be held at the Portland Community College Rock Creek campus Event Center.  The day will again be kicked off by Dr. Soil, James Cassidy, OSU Soil Scientist, who will give us an overview of soil – what it’s made of and why.

We’ll have 12 sessions featuring expert speakers on a wide variety of topics related to soil health including but not limited to invasive species, landscaping with native plants, cover crops and irrigation, composting and fungi.

Registration will be open soon so please watch your mailbox or check our website, www.wmswcd.org/projects/soil-school/.  

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WELDING & BASIC METAL WORK FOR FARMS-FULL

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 5 min ago
Saturday, April 8, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Limited to 8 people. The class is FULL. If you'd like to be on a waiting list, please call Paula, 541-776-7371, ext. 208

Hands on class held at Dunbar Farms. Instructor: David Mostue
Register: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms

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EXPLORING THE SMALL FARM DREAM

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 5 min ago
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday evenings March 29;  April 5 and 12
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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Northwest Horse Fair & Expo

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 5 min 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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Forage Workshop Polk County Fairgrounds

Small Farms Events - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:39pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Times & presentations are as follows:
Forage and Livestock Resources Roundtable - 2 pm to 4:30 pm
Hay, pasture and silage experts will be available to present information in an informal setting. Workshop participants can ask questions and find resources which can be applicable to their individual forage situations.

Hay Evaluation and Current Livestock Issues - 5 to 7 pm
Paying too much for hay? Livestock still thin after eating? Learn what to look for when buying hay and factors that affect hay nutrition. Learn what makes good hay and how to identify it. Participants are encouraged to bring hay samples. Current Status of Food and Safety Inspection (FSIS) Labeling for Meat Products and The Veterinary Feed Directive

There is no charge for this event. In order to plan for the workshop pre-registration is requested. Call 503-623-8395 or email gene.pirelli@oregonstate.edu
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Captive audience.

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:31pm
Audience.

We all have an audience (unless we are a reclusive hermit). The issue is what kind an audience.

An absent audience?

An all inclusive audience?

A captive audience?

An exclusive audience?

Reminds me of the saying, “You can please some of the people, some of the time; all of the people some of the time and not all of the people all of the time.”

So when I teach evaluation (or try to teach evaluation–evaluation is a scary concept), I begin by saying that we are all evaluators, that we evaluate daily. It is truly an everyday activity.

Some people engage at that point. Others are skeptical. Others are deniers.

Like the old saying–some of the people…

Unconsciously (maybe consciously) you identify criteria that will help you make a decision.

That decision will provide you with a decision tree, to be able to make decisions throughout the day.

Criteria.

The other day, I had the opportunity to explore a “teacher-made” test; to determine if it had face validity. The audience was similar to and different from the audience who will ultimately take the test (survey, actually). I needed to capture the concerns about the instrument; to determine if it did what it was supposed to do; and wording issues.

Then a decision needed to be made about its use. We were using the TOP model (Bennett and Rockwell, 1995*).  Specifically the KASA portion of the model.  This model can be used for program planning/development AND program evaluation/performance. Just one  example of a logic model.

There were concerns that the “knowledge” wasn’t specific enough; that the words used were not clear; that “skills” were not specific enough; that not all response options were included in the response set. Some KASA questions   could be easily fixed (the response set); some were not (the specificity issue). I sent the compiled responses to the people in charge of the project. I did not make a decision on the specificity. Perhaps if I knew more about the topic, I could have. Obviously, the survey needed changing.

Decisions.

Is all evaluation about making decisions? It all depends.

Evaluation is determining the merit, value, worth of a program or project.

You want to find out if you have made a difference in the lives of the target audience.

If you can answer that, you have captured your audience.

Citation.

*Bennett, C. & Rockwell, K. (1995, December). Targeting outcomes of programs (TOP): An integrated approach to planning and evaluation. Unpublished manuscript. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska.

https://www.uaf.edu/files/ces/reporting/logicmodel/TOP.pdf

 

 

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Integrating Beneficial Habitat on the Farm

Small Farms Events - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:36pm
Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

A two-part course that promotes farmer preferred conservation practices that promote biodiversity and beneficial insects in farming systems. Designed for produce farmers (vegetable, tree fruit, berry), conservationists and other agricultural professionals. 

http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/integrating-beneficial-habitat-farm-aurora

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ADVANCED FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 3:35pm
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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ADVANCED FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 3:35pm
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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Introduction to Planning and Record-Keeping for Farm Business Management

Small Farms Events - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 3:38pm
Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Registration cost: $10

In case you missed it at the small farms conference, this workshop will focus on using business plans and records as integral tools for business management, emphasizing the process of setting goals, making projections, monitoring progress and measuring results as vital for decision-making and continuous improvement. Workshop participants will be introduced to the basic components of a business plan with an emphasis on the financial components. We’ll explore how to come up with initial financial projections to get your farm business started. We’ll also look at the key farm financial records that you’ll want to keep along the way and how to use these records in combination with your plans and projections to manage your farm business. 
Presenter: Tanya Murray, Oregon Tilth
 
Register at: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events


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EXPLORING THE SMALL FARM DREAM

Small Farms Events - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 3:38pm
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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POULTRY MANAGEMENT for LARGER FLOCKS

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:35pm
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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The Agritourism Summit for Marion and Polk Counties

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:35pm
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 - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:35pm
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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The Politics of Science

Terra - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 4:22pm

By Nick Houtman

As the Trump Administration proposes to slash federal investments in environmental research, scientists are considering how to sustain work on issues such as air and water quality, wildlife and climate change.

“An apparent lack of concern for scientific evidence” poses a challenge to environmental management, writes Staci Simonich, chemist at Oregon State University, in a recent editorial in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, published by the American Chemical Society. However, she adds, the global research community is resilient because it draws support from an array of funding sources.

“As with prior administrations,  we must speak up for the importance of federally funded research, which sustains not only important knowledge development but also technological solutions to environmental problems and grows our next generation of STEM workforce,” writes Simonich, who is also an associate editor of the journal.

Read her editorial titled An Inconvenient Administration.

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BASIC FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 3:35pm
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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BASIC FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 3:35pm
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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