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OSU Blueberry School

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 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 - 2 hours 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 - 2 hours 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 - 2 hours 40 min ago
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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Small-Scale & Urban farming Series

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 40 min ago
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

OSU Extension Horticulturist Brooke Edmunds will explain the difference between sprouts, microgreens and baby greens.  This class will cover the latest research on the health benefits of microgreens, how to grow your own, and taste test different types. Participants will plant a container of microgreens to take home

For more information, contact the OSU Lane County Extension office at (541)344-5859, or stop by the office at 996 Jefferson Street in Eugene, to pick up an application.

Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm.

Cost of session is $25.00.  Pre-registration is required.

For payment with a credit card see the website: extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens

 

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Lane County Livestock Association Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 40 min ago
Wednesday, February 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 - 2 hours 40 min ago
Tuesday, February 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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Small-Scale & Urban Farming Series

Small Farms Events - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:37pm
Thursday, January 29, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This class is for small-scale and backyard poultry producers.  It will cover the ins and outs of raising chickens, turkeys and other poultry for eggs or for meat.  Dr. Jim Hermes, OSU Extension Service Poultry Specialist, will cover topics including hatching eggs, brooding and raising chicks, poultry nutrition, flock and bird health, breeds of poultry and housing for poultry.

For more information, contact the OSU Lane County Extension office at (541)344-5859, or stop by the office at 996 Jefferson Street in Eugene, to pick up an application.

Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm.

Cost of session is $25.00.  Pre-registration is required.

For payment with a credit card see the website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens

 

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Small-Scale & Urban Farming Series

Small Farms Events - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:37pm
Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

 This class is for small-scale and backyard poultry producers.  It will cover the ins and outs of raising chickens, turkeys and other poultry for eggs or for meat.  Dr. Jim Hermes, OSU Extension Service Poultry Specialist, will cover topics including hatching eggs, brooding and raising chicks, poultry nutrition, flock and bird health, breeds of poultry and housing for poultry

For more information, contact the OSU Lane County Extension office at (541)344-5859, or stop by the office at 996 Jefferson Street in Eugene, to pick up an application.

Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm.

Cost of session is $25.00.  Pre-registration is required.

For payment with a credit card see the website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens

 

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Making a difference

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:10pm

I am an evaluator, charter member of the American Evaluation Association, and former member of the forerunner organization, Evaluation Network. When you push my “on ” button, I can talk evaluation until (a lot of metaphors could be used here); and often do. (I can also talk about other things with equal passion, though not professionally.) When my evaluation button is pushed or, for that matter, most of the time, I wonder what difference am I making. In this case, I wonder what difference I am making with this blog.

One of my readers (I have more than I ever imagined) suggested that I develop an “online” survey that I can include regularly in my posts. I thought that was a good idea. I thought I’d go one better and have it be a part of the blog. Then I would tabulate the findings (if there are any ). Just so you know, I DO read all the comments; I get at least six daily. I often do not comment on those, however.

So, reader, here is the making a difference survey . This link will (should) take you to Surveymonkey and the survey. Below, I’ve listed the questions that are in the survey.

Check all that apply.

Reading this blog makes a difference to me by:

  1. _____ Giving me a voice to follow
  2. _____ Providing interesting content
  3. _____ Providing content I can use in my work
  4. _____ Providing dependable post
  5. _____ Providing me with information to share
  6. _____ Building my skills in evaluation
  7. _____ Showing me that there are others in the world concerned with similar things
  8. _____ Offering me good reading about an interesting weekly topic
  9. _____ Offering me content of value to me
  10. _____ Other. Please specify in comment

Please complete the survey.

my .

molly.

 

 

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Videos of Critical Issues in Adapting to Climate Change

Breaking Waves - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:04pm

A set of three short videos highlights some critical issues related to climate change at the Oregon coast. Those issues are flagged by the video titles:

How Soon Do We Have to Think Differently?

. . . How Should We Adapt?

. .  and the overarching goal of having Community Resilience.

The videos, intended primarily for those involved in or concerned about the issues that adapting to climate change presents for coastal areas, were produced by Oregon Sea Grant with the cooperation of a range of climate researchers and coastal professionals who are interviewed on camera. The themes of the videos emerged from surveys, interviews, and workshops conducted by Sea Grant and partners in the last few years.

Coastal professionals in other states, as well as in Oregon, may find the perspectives and insights of these videos useful or provocative.

In addition to the high definition versions on Vimeo.com linked above, the same videos are on YouTube, where closed captioning is available:

 How Soon Do We Have to Think Differently?

How Should We Adapt?

Community Resilience  (Neskowin, Oregon, is the focus.)

NB: The URL for the last video above has been corrected (1/28/15)

 

 

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Videos of Critical Issues in Adapting to Climate Change

Sea Grant - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:04pm

A set of three short videos highlights some critical issues related to climate change at the Oregon coast. Those issues are flagged by the video titles:

How Soon Do We Have to Think Differently?

. . . How Should We Adapt?

. .  and the overarching goal of having Community Resilience.

The videos, intended primarily for those involved in or concerned about the issues that adapting to climate change presents for coastal areas, were produced by Oregon Sea Grant with the cooperation of a range of climate researchers and coastal professionals who are interviewed on camera. The themes of the videos emerged from surveys, interviews, and workshops conducted by Sea Grant and partners in the last few years.

Coastal professionals in other states, as well as in Oregon, may find the perspectives and insights of these videos useful or provocative.

In addition to the high definition versions on Vimeo.com linked above, the same videos are on YouTube, where closed captioning is available:

 How Soon Do We Have to Think Differently?

How Should We Adapt?

Community Resilience  (Neskowin, Oregon, is the focus.)

NB: The URL for the last video above has been corrected (1/28/15)

 

 

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Growing Farms - Southern Oregon

Small Farms Events - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:37pm
Monday, January 26, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management

A hybrid course for beginning farmers that teaches those new to farming how to plan and manage a farm, while giving them tools to produce and market farmed and raised goods. The course also encourages interaction and community building among participants, helping build a professional network among small farmers and ranchers.

While developing a whole-farm plan, participants will learn about sustainable practices and land stewardship. The course encourages farmers to see how small farms and ranches fit into our community’s economic and environmental success.

Class meets:
6 - 8:30pm, Monday, January 26th
6 - 8:30pm, Monday, February 9th
Full Day, Saturday, February 21st
6 - 8:30pm, Monday, March 9th

REGISTER HERE:  https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/growing-farms-hybrid-course-beginning-farmers#introduction-section  

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2015 EcoFarm Conference

Small Farms Events - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:34am
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - Saturday, January 24, 2015 (all day event)

The Ecological Farming Association presents the 35th annual EcoFarm Conference at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, January 21-24, 2015

As the largest and oldest ecological agricultural gathering in the West, the EcoFarm Conference offers more than 70 workshops featuring an array of educational and technical workshops for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, consumers, students, and educators, along with notable keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, live entertainment, discussion groups, mixers, delicious organic meals and libations.

Visit www.eco-farm.org for more info and to register.

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Caught between

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:33pm

I was reading Harold Jarche’s blog, Perpetual Beta and he is talking about the interface of the digital and analog worlds; he is talking about connections. I find that that concept applies to evaluators. Here’s how.

I was trained as an evaluator in the 1980s; we didn’t have access to the web, internet, email, FB, or many of the other high technology options available today. I did an NDE (wasn’t called that then) volume (Vol. 62) which was all done by hard copy and the USPS (a tedious and laborious process). I just completed another NDE (now called that) volume (Vol. 145) that was done electronically (no longer tedious, though still a laborious process). This last volume was quick. Although most of the authors entered the field after I did, my co-editor didn’t; he entered before I did. These authors had the luxury of electronics that we didn’t have. I have had to learn how to use electronics; I know my co-editor did, too. (I remember saying to myself and my colleagues, what will my secretary [yes, we used that title] do now that I’m composing on a key-board?) Now I do all my composing and other things on a keyboard; most of my work is augmented with electronics (i.e., the digital world). But I am truly a digital immigrant; learning how to use this new technology, to be in this digital world, is hard for and on me. (My children laugh at me and get exasperated; it is so simple to them.)

Today’s evaluators are highly connected, largely due to the electronic capabilities. Yet there is still evaluator isolation. Makes me wonder if evaluators really connected? Sheila Robinson (the only evaluator in her organization bemoans this fact here). She advocates for connections through EvalTalk and AEA’s LinkedIn account. I still see these as digital, albeit, opportunities to connect. Social media is also mentioned for connections. Still I wonder–are you really connected? With colleagues scattered around the world, this may truly be the only way to stay connected today. Letters and phone calls are truly analog and perhaps passe. Still they are appreciated and sometimes welcome as the only way to connect. What will this world look like if the only way to connect is via digital?

Jarach advocates changing the way we organize. To me that talks about changing the way we work. Maybe evaluators will work in isolation. In order to “see as many possible roads ahead”, perhaps we need to “work in self-managing networks”. “If those who are educated, knowledgeable, and experienced do not push for a better world of work, then who will? An effective knowledge network cultivates the diversity and autonomy of each worker. Knowledge networks function best when each person can choose with whom and when they connect. Solving problems together is becoming the real business challenge.” (From Jarach)

And that affects evaluators!

To whom are you connected? How do you connect? Are you caught in-between?

my.

molly.

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Growing Farms - South Willamette Valley

Small Farms Events - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:35pm
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management

A hybrid course for beginning farmers that teaches those new to farming how to plan and manage a farm, while giving them tools to produce and market farmed and raised goods. The course also encourages interaction and community building among participants, helping build a professional network among small farmers and ranchers.

While developing a whole-farm plan, participants will learn about sustainable practices and land stewardship. The course encourages farmers to see how small farms and ranches fit into our community’s economic and environmental success.

Class meets:
6 - 8:30pm, Thursday, January 22
6 - 8:30pm, Thursday, February 5th
Full Day, Saturday, February 21st
6 - 8:30pm, Thursday, March 5th

REGISTER HERE:  https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/growing-farms-hybrid-course-beginning-farmers#introduction-section  

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Growing Farms - North Willamette Valley

Small Farms Events - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management

A hybrid course for beginning farmers that teaches those new to farming how to plan and manage a farm, while giving them tools to produce and market farmed and raised goods. The course also encourages interaction and community building among participants, helping build a professional network among small farmers and ranchers.

While developing a whole-farm plan, participants will learn about sustainable practices and land stewardship. The course encourages farmers to see how small farms and ranches fit into our community’s economic and environmental success.

Class meets:
6 - 8pm, Wednesday, January 21st
6 - 8:30pm, Wednesday, February 4th
Full Day, Saturday, February 21st
6 - 8:30pm, Wednesday, March 4th

REGISTER HERE:  https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/growing-farms-hybrid-course-beginning-farmers#introduction-section  

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Note: Proposal due date corrected

Breaking Waves - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:16pm

A recent post about our special request for coastal resilience research proposals contained a deadline error; proposals are due to the Oregon Sea Grant office in Corvallis by 5 pm Monday, Feb. 9.

Our apologies for the error.

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Note: Proposal due date corrected

Sea Grant - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:16pm

A recent post about our special request for coastal resilience research proposals contained a deadline error; proposals are due to the Oregon Sea Grant office in Corvallis by 5 pm Monday, Feb. 9.

Our apologies for the error.

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Shark Day coming at HMSC

Breaking Waves - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:17pm

Shark Day 2011

NEWPORT – Did you know more than 30 species of sharks can be found off the Pacific Northwest coastline? Learn more about them this Saturday, Jan 24, as the Hatfield Marine Science Center celebrates our annual Shark Day!

Stop by the Center between 10 am and 4 pm for shark-themed exhibits, biofacts, films and kid-friendly activities related to these fascinating sea creatures.

Afraid of sharks? How about vending machines? You might be surprised to learn which is more dangerous to humans!

Make sure to be here at 1:30 pm. to watch and listen as Dr. Bill Hanshumaker, Oregon Sea Grant’s chief scientist at the Visitor Center, conducts a necropsy on a salmon shark and talks about the animal’s biology, life cycle and habits.

Learn more:

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