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Irrigation Management in Pastures

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Irrigation Management in Pastures

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NWREC Caneberry Field Day

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mark your calendars for our field days at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora.
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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Wednesday, June 28, 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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DCWFN - Farm tour and work party (medicinal herb farm and garlic cleaning)

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Thursday, August 3, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Viriditas Wild Garden & Foundhorn Gardens, Days Creek, OR
Farm tour and work party (medicinal herb farm and garlic cleaning)

 For more info click HERE

 

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Dry Farming Collaborative Field Day

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (all day event)

More than ten Dry Farming Collaboratize members will be hosting tours for our field days in August! Come learn about dry farming, see crops (tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melon, zucchini, dry beans, corn) grown without any supplemental irrigation in the field.

SAVE THESE DATES:

  • August 1st - Corvallis
  • August 8th - Springfield
  • August 15th - Southern Oregon
  • August 22nd - Elmira/Veneta
  • August 29th - Philomath

Registration will open in June!

See http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/dfdemo for more details. 

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DCWFN - Farm tour (high tunnel production and marketing farming)

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Thursday, July 13, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
held at Big Lick Farm, Winston, OR

for more information click here

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Blueberry Field Day

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mark your calendars for our field days at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora.
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International Master Gardener Conference

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Monday, July 10, 2017 - Friday, July 14, 2017 (all day event)

The International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC) has been held every two years since 1987.  The IMGC provides an opportunity for Master Gardeners, State and County coordinators to come together and learn through seminars and tours, celebrate successes through the International Search for Excellence Program, and meet and network with Master Gardener volunteers, faculty and staff from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea.

In 2017, the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program and the Oregon Master Gardener Association will host the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, July 10-14, 2017, with support from many generous sponsors and friends.

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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 8 min ago
Thursday, June 29, 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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INNOVATIVE COVER CROP TECHNIQUES: Webinar

Small Farms Events - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:37pm
Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join this webinar to learn about new and innovative uses of cover crops in organic vegetable and strawberry production.

Speakers will cover a range of topics including the use of cover crops in beds and furrows between black plastic mulch; using cover crops to reduce tillage and for nitrogen; and interseeding cover crops.

Join the webinar here: https://tilth.org/event/innovative-cover-crop-techniques/ 

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GARLIC FARM TOUR at Whistling Duck Farm

Small Farms Events - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:37pm
Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A SOSGA Educational Program (Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association).

Take a tour of Whistling Duck Farm. Mary Alionis will discuss managing an online garlic seed company and explain garlic production and storage. She will demonstrate her paper pot transplanter.

For updates, go to:
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/SF-classes 
To register, contact paula.burkhalter@oregonstate.edu or call 541-776-7371. Details and directions will be provided.

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Hands-On Food Preservation Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hands- on Food Preservation classes offered

OSU Extension Service Master Food Preservers are offering a series of hands-on food preservation classes this summer to help community members learn to preserve our fresh, local produce for year-round enjoyment.  Each class will focus on a different aspect of safe, healthy food preservation. These classes are appropriate for both novice food preservers and those with experience who hope to update their skills and knowledge. Classes can be taken individually or as a series and will be repeated each month (June, July, and August). All classes are held from 6-9 p.m. at the OSU Linn County Extension office, 33630 McFarland Rd, (corner of Old HWY 34 and McFarland Rd) Tangent.

Tuesday, June 6th; Wednesday, July 5th; Thursday, August 3rd

Preserving Fruit Products/Boiling Water Canning: This is where we begin. Review how and why different methods of preservation are used, basic techniques, necessary equipment, references and resources used for preserving fruits and fruit products.

Tuesday, June 13th; Wednesday, July 12th; Thursday, August 10th

Vegetables & Meat/ Pressure Canning and Drying: This class covers the safe and simple process of pressure canning vegetables and meats, including fish. Learn to use and care for your pressure canner then review tips for high-quality and nutritious dried foods.

Tuesday, June 20th; Wednesday, July 19th; Thursday, August 17th

Tomatoes, Sauces & Salsas: Tomatoes are the most preserved item of produce. This class covers options for preserving plain tomatoes, tomato sauces, juice and “The Laws of Salsa.” Make and compare a variety of salsas in class.

Tuesday, June 27th; Wednesday, July 26th; Thursday, August 24th

Pickle Making: Pickles are gaining popularity again. This class covers safe procedures for pickling vegetables, including fermented and fresh pack pickles, and selecting and preparing ingredients.

For more information and to register visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/food-preservation. Cost is $18 per class or $60 for the series
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Pessimist? Optimist? Realist?

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 3:32pm

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

~~Winston Churchill

 

“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

~~Harry S. Truman

Two sides of the same coin? A different way to say the same thing?

Pessimist, optimist, realist?

So do you see the glass half empty–or half full?

OR are you a realist being able to refill the glass (with ice and a couple of shots of your favorite beverage)?

Evaluation is a field which includes all sorts of folks.

The optimist says that they can find a way.

The pessimist says that it isn’t likely.

The realist says it is possible and probable.

Working it out

One way to work it out is to use a logic model.

Another is to use a  theory of change.

Keep in mind that you might be wrong even if you apply either/both of the above.

(I remember a major professor of mine said that the theory may be wrong; it was.)

So sometimes, using the tools of evaluation may not get you where you want to be.

There are many approaches to learning something. For example: You can test a Hypothesis (Bill Nye the science guy says that a hypo thesis is an idea below). First, develop a plan; then you test it by gathering data. You analyze the data. And yes, there is some support for your hypothesis.

Or, you have an see an occurrence which repeats itself under various conditions.  You find that the emergent idea is dominant. So you control the situation and see if the idea emerges once again. It does!

I’m sure you can do trial and error; you can guess what the outcome will be; or you and follow what your parent did (worked for him/her, should work for you).

If you apply the scientific method  to the learning, you usually will test the hypothesis.

You will deal with humons at some point. The humon situation will be your guide.

But what if…

The people you are working with/for want it their way?

What if the end result is really a power and control issue and not one of transparent findings (good or bad).

How do you, the evaluator, address the implied (or actual) power and control.

Where does Standard III (Propriety) and the Guiding Principle D and E (Respect for People and Responsibilities for General and Public Welfare, respectively) enter into the discussion?

Out of your hands, you say? NO. Not really.

You do have a responsibility.

And an obligation.

You will have an opportunity

Does that make you a pessimist? Or an optimist? Or a realist? Only you will decide.

my  .

molly.

 

 

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CBARC Field Day

Small Farms Events - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 2:41pm
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (all day event)
Registration: 7:45 am
Morning tours:  8:30 am - 12:10 pm
Hosted lunch
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Hands-On Food Preservation Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 2:40pm
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hands- on Food Preservation classes offered

OSU Extension Service Master Food Preservers are offering a series of hands-on food preservation classes this summer to help community members learn to preserve our fresh, local produce for year-round enjoyment.  Each class will focus on a different aspect of safe, healthy food preservation. These classes are appropriate for both novice food preservers and those with experience who hope to update their skills and knowledge. Classes can be taken individually or as a series and will be repeated each month (June, July, and August). All classes are held from 6-9 p.m. at the OSU Linn County Extension office, 33630 McFarland Rd, (corner of Old HWY 34 and McFarland Rd) Tangent.

Tuesday, June 6th; Wednesday, July 5th; Thursday, August 3rd

Preserving Fruit Products/Boiling Water Canning: This is where we begin. Review how and why different methods of preservation are used, basic techniques, necessary equipment, references and resources used for preserving fruits and fruit products.

Tuesday, June 13th; Wednesday, July 12th; Thursday, August 10th

Vegetables & Meat/ Pressure Canning and Drying: This class covers the safe and simple process of pressure canning vegetables and meats, including fish. Learn to use and care for your pressure canner then review tips for high-quality and nutritious dried foods.

Tuesday, June 20th; Wednesday, July 19th; Thursday, August 17th

Tomatoes, Sauces & Salsas: Tomatoes are the most preserved item of produce. This class covers options for preserving plain tomatoes, tomato sauces, juice and “The Laws of Salsa.” Make and compare a variety of salsas in class.

Tuesday, June 27th; Wednesday, July 26th; Thursday, August 24th

Pickle Making: Pickles are gaining popularity again. This class covers safe procedures for pickling vegetables, including fermented and fresh pack pickles, and selecting and preparing ingredients.

For more information and to register visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/food-preservation. Cost is $18 per class or $60 for the series
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Organic Strawberry Plug Workshop

Small Farms Events - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 2:40pm
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

TOPICS:
We will discuss the reasons for using the plug production method and how to do it in compliance with NOP.

Participants will be able to take a "six pack" of plants they pot home to follow up on their development.

In order to host this workshop, we need at least 15 people to register. To do so, follow this link: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms-events/register/149

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Pesticide Laws & Safety Spanish Training

Small Farms Events - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 2:35pm
Friday, June 9, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 Designed to prepare agriculture workers to take the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator exams.   Class provides in-depth training and support for those who may be interested in pursuing pesticide applicator certification/license.  

    

Obtain recertification credit for those who have certification/license. CR:  8 inc Core - 4

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Love. Revisited.

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:48pm
Love. Revisited.

Love is the the most radically subversive activism of all, the only thing that ever changed anyone.

~~Ann Voskamp 

 

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

~~Steve Jobs

 

Both of these quotes speak to me. So, let me tell you a story. And then how they relate to each other.

Two stories.

I fell in love with a 4 year old autistic boy,  a long time ago. I realized early on that stability and as much certainty as possible were important to him. I arranged to care for him (I was working in a hospital at the time) whenever I was working (stability). I don’t know what happened the two days I didn’t work; I just knew that he needed to “catch up” to where he had been before I didn’t work (as much certainty as possible). Slowly, oh, ever so slowly, he recovered from his illness and he “settled down”.  I like to think he trusted me; trusted me to be there; be there for him. And I was (even though I looked after other people). Then one day he wasn’t there anymore.

I was bereft. I mourned the loss of that delicate child. I could only hope that he “made it”. I do not know.

That was when I realized that I could make a difference in the lives of emotionally disturbed children. I was in love. I would do great work “saving” emotionally disturbed children. (NOT)

Fast forward many years. I was recently out of graduate school. It was spring. And spring had arrived in a burst of color and fragrance. Of course I took advantage of this opportunity and paused; I had an epiphany. I clearly saw three items:  do good work; be a good friend; grow spiritually/personally.  I realized  that the work I was doing filled a large part of my life (although I strived for a balance). I was satisfied. I was in love. Again. And even though it wasn’t with emotionally disturbed children, I was making a difference. 

I had found my passion. I didn’t settle. I found it what mattered to me.

 

Today.

Today (many more years since the epiphany and the love of my life) I find myself wanting to make a difference.  Still.

I certainly can do it with evaluation. And do. Does that program have value? Did it make a difference in the lives of the target audience? I look around at the world, the country, and wonder how can I make a difference; how can I be an activist (subversive or not); how will that change any thing? Yes, I believe love trumps hate. Yes, I believe in making a difference. Yes, I believe in doing good work (or as Steve Jobs said–great work).

Does that mean I need to work at this more OR does it mean I need to give myself permission to walk away from the struggle. To pause. To enjoy the roses now that they are in bloom?

 

my .

molly.

 

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DCWFN - Farm tour and work party (u-pick cut flower farm)

Small Farms Events - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:36pm
Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rustic River Farms, Roseburg, OR
Farm tour and work party (u-pick cut flower farm)

Join the Douglas County Women's Farmer Network for the morning and learn about cut flower production. Rustic River Farms started in 2016 as a U-pick sunflower and zinnia field along the Umpqua River in Roseburg, Oregon. Now in our second year, we are expanding little by little to offer more varieties of flowers and more ways to get them in to the community through local florists, farm flower subscriptions and seasonal bouquets available for purchase at "My Coffee". www.rusticriverfarms.com

We will start the morning with a tour of Rustic River Farms and then help Anna weed and thin her recent planting of sunflowers. There will be a variety of hand hoes available for you to try out. Sara Runkel the will give a short demonstration on the ergonomics of hand tools you can network with other participants over lunch by the river.

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/dcwfn-2017-schedule

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