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Labor Day

Health & Wellness Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Monday, September 1, 2014 (all day event)
National Holiday. Campus closed. Enjoy a 3 day weekend!

Summer Woodland Tour and Lunch

Forestry Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Our hosts for this year's tour are Randy and Bonnie Holce, CCSWA members and OSU Master Woodland Managers.

8:30 Hot Coffee and Pastries
9:00 Walking Tour Begins

Randy is the second generation in his family to own this property.  Originally managed as pasture and other farm uses, the farm was converted to timber over the years and now consists of various stands from recently planted to mature.  We will see many highlights of the Holce's current activities on the tour.

Rob Hahmeyer, pole buyer with McCormick Pole Yard, will be on hand to do a pole marking demonstration so we can learn to distinguish trees that might have potential for the lucrative market.  We will also look at a commercial thinning in progress and see how a less productive area has been enhanced as a wildlife set-aside.

Remember, family is invited.  Please include the number in your party when you RSVP to Debra Boot at 503-568-4929 or globe.trotters.email@gmail.com by July 18th.  RSVP is needed for accurate food preparation, please!

Oak Woodlands and Private Landowners:

Forestry Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Oak Woodlands and oak savanna, once widely distributed across the Willamette Valley, are now the focus of important restoration and conservation efforts.  Private landowners as well as several federal and state agencies are investing substantial money and resources on conservation of these ecosystems.

Are these efforts working?  How do we know?

Northwest Natural Resources Group and Willamette Partnership are hosting a workshop focused on measurement tools developed to evaluate the ecological impact and improvement associated with the implementation of conservation actions in oak woodland ecosystems.  The training session will include background on the program developments around oak conservation, an overview of metric development, field training, and will feature case studies by landowners engaged in oak restoration and preservation work in the Willamette Valley.

To sign up or for additional registration information contact the following:

Meagan Nuss: meagan@nnrg.org - 503-545-8685
Nicole Maness - maness@willamettepartnership.org - 202-384-8992

Yamhill Small Woodlands Association Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Forestry Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Brian and Barbara Doyle are this year's hosts and county Tree Farmer of the Year nominees.  Yamhill Small Woodlands Association will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages.  Bring a side dish if you like.

Tour will begin at 7 p.m. following dinner.

Please RSVP for food planning to Hal Hagglund - 503-843-2173 or hal.elin@gmail.com.

Twilight Tour

Forestry Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you interested in adding native plant diversity on your property?  This event will interest you.  Paul Wilson and Linda Farris have been actively restoring a range of native grasses, shrubs, and trees to what was a neglected, invasives-filled hillside on their small woodland property.  We will see how they propagate their own plant materials, are creating a small oak meadow, a native hedgerow, and addition plant diversity to a young tree plantation.

No RSVP needed.

Plan for walking up and downhill short distances on gravel.  Located 0.1 mile past Quincy Grange; for detailed directions call the Extension office.

Rural Living Field Day

Forestry Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Rural Living Field Day is a fun event for rural landowners.

The event features speakers addressing a wide variety of issues that face rural homeowners, farmers, and land managers every day.

Topics include wildlife, forests, pollinators, invasive weeds, orchards, crops and health soil, horse health and manure composting.

The event is organized by our local Soil & Water Conservation Districts. To register, just visit the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website at www.wmswcd.org and click on “Events.” The cost is only $15 per person or $20 for families.

Morning beverages and snacks will be served as well as a fully catered lunch.

Seeds of the Future

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

POSTER Includes tour of two seed farms, lunch and a class for begining seed farmers. REGISTER ON LINE
Specialty Seed Crops are a niche market for small, sustainable Rogue Valley Farms.  Tour two family farms currently working on innovative breeding projects and cooperative seed marketing.  In the afternoon, attend an optional class for Beginning Seed Growers taught by Don Tipping, owner of Siskiyou Seed's and a long-time seed grower.

Addresses and directions to the farms will be provided to participants.  Class size is Iimited to 30.

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Seeds of the Future

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Seed Breeding and Production in the Rogue Valley: 
A farm tour and Primer for Beginning Seed Farmers

Specialty Seed Crops represent a great niche market to small, sustainable farms in the Rogue Valley. Tour of two family farms currently working on innovative breeding projects and cooperative seed marketing. For people interested in growing specialty seed crops, attend an optional class for Beginning Seed Growers with Siskiyou Seed's owner and long-time seed grower Don Tipping in the afternoon. 

REGISTER ON LINE: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/farms  

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Soil Health Workshop

Gardening Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop sponsored by Yamhill, Polk and Marion County Soil & Water Conservation workshops.

 $10 at the door.  Space is limited. Please RSVP to Marc Bell, Polk SWCD at 503-623-9680


Gardening Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Sunday, July 13, 2014 (all day event)

2 day gardening seminar offering classes for MG recertification


Plant Diagnostics

Gardening Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn how to diagnose plant problems in home gardens with Master Gardener Jeff Choate.

The Basics of Beekeeping

Gardening Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Have you always wanted to know what it takes to raise honey bees?  Learn the basics of beekeeping like biology of the honey bee, what equipment is needed, breakdown of costs for getting started and managing bees throughout the year.

Efficient Watering

Gardening Events - 6 hours 26 min ago
Thursday, July 31, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn efficient watering techniques to create a more sustainable environment in your own yard.  The pros and cons of drip irrigation, in-ground sprinklers and basic hose irrigation will be taught.  Back to the Roots Landscape owner will teach water conservation while maintaining healthy plants and lawns.

Alpaca and Llama Health

4-H Events - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:27pm
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Sunday, July 20, 2014 (all day event)

Summer Education and Fundraising Gathering

July 19-20, 2014

Hosted by North West Camelid Foundation


Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine




Three Educational Tracks

Fiber Production and Harvest

Alpaca and Llama Health

Farm Management, Pasture Management, Packing, Training and 4-H


Educational Sessions Saturday and Sunday


OSU College of Veterinary Medicine


26th Annual NWCF Fundraising Banquet Saturday Evening


CHM2 Hill Alumni Center on Campus


Information: info@NWCamelidFoundation.org





Tree Farm Tour

Forestry Events - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:28pm
Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
tree farm tour on the property of Rich Clark, located south of Alsea.

Rich has some very nice young Douglas-fir plantations on his property but also a mix of other native species, as well as a few redwoods, some walnut and some black cherry, a species seldom seen in this area. Rich has done a considerable amount of pruning and he has a pre-commercial thinning project underway .The property has a beautiful view of the Alsea Valley and is well worth the visit.  Plan to attend!

 Highway 34 from Philomath to Alsea, Just after the post office, turn left on Deadwood Hwy. Go 1.2 miles. Turn left on Fudge Rd. Go 0.9 miles. Turn left up driveway with old green metal gate.There will be a Benton County Small Woodlands sign at the gate, go up hill.

Applied Forest Finance Workshop

Forestry Events - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:39pm
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dr. Brooks Mendell is President and VP of Research at Forisk Consulting.  He has twenty years of consulting, operating, and research experience in forestry, finance and the timber and bioenergy industries.  Dr. Mendell leads Forisk's research and forecasting program.  His experience includes roles in harvest operations and procurement with Weyerhaeuser, in management consulting with Accenture, and as a member of the forestry and finanace faculties at the University of Georgia.  A Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay, Dr. Mendell has published over sixty articles and three books on topics related to timber markets and REITs, forest business and operations, wood bioenergy, and communication skills.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Forestry Association.  He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA at the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Forest Finance at the University of Georgia.

All attendees will receive a complimentary edition of Forest Finance Simplified by Dr. Brooks Mendell.

Continuing Education Credits:  Workshop attendees are eligible for 6.5 Cat 1 CFE credits through the Society of American Foresters.

Wood Adhesion Short Course

Forestry Events - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:39pm
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Thursday, July 17, 2014 (all day event)

Why does glue stick? What makes wood unique when it comes to gluing it together? The adhesive bonding of wood is becoming increasingly important as large timber becomesmore and more scarce. Industries are adopting new technologies tobond wood pieces into larger elements such as flat panels, structural beams, finger-jointed lumber, furnitureparts, etc. Industry professionals need to learn more about wood material science and the science of wood adhesion to effectively troubleshoot wood bonding problems and adoptnew technologies.

See http://wbc.vt.edu/industry/downloads/WASCInformation_OSU_2014.pdf for more information including how to register.

Science Night @ Majestic Theatre

4-H Events - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:43pm
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Join us for music, science trivia, prize, a panel discussion about sustainable science, and a "Science Civil War" between scientists from OSU, U of O, and OMSI !

YOU DECIDE who should win the first ever science demo civil war.

Get more info: 

Blueberry Field Day

Small Farms Events - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:43pm
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Blueberry Field Day: July 16th, 1-5:30pm. Topics will include:

  • Organic blueberry production systems--from establishment through maturity
  • Rootstock evaluation and field performance of "blueberry trees"
  • Meet WSU's new berry crop scientist
  • Nitrogen fertigation management
  • Pesticide registation update
  • Mummy berry--ideas for control
  • Re-defined IPM programs after SWD
  • Challenges with new blueberry cultivar adaptability in BC
  • What blueberry cultivars/selections look good?

Events will be held at the NWREC and will focus on the breeding program and conventional and organic research projects for commercial growers.

Agenda and more info here: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/NWREC/sites/default/files/pg_programs/berry/documents/blueberry_field_day_2014_2.pdf 

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Tractor Safety and Operation for Adults

Small Farms Events - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:35pm
Monday, July 14, 2014 (all day event)

Join us for a full day covering the basic functions and operations of a tractor.  Saftey, parts, basic maintenance, hooking up implements and driving will be covered during this event.

Click here to register


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