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Forestry Events - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:07pm
Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jackson-Josephine Small Woodlands Association Presents:

 Rich Fairbanks will present ideas for reducing the wildfire threat to both community and forest.

Fire is a big part of life in Southwest Oregon.  In 2002 we earned the dubious distinction of having the largest fire in Oregon's history.  An event like the 500,000 acre Biscuit fire will happen again, according to the experts.  Meanwhile, most of our house are wood frame construction, our fire agencies face declining budgets and severe drought promises nasty fire seasons ahead.

We can address these problems by individual and community action.  We can create fire permeable communities here if we can learn from each other, from other communities and from the fire science research.

The presentation proposed specific actions we can take now to move our community and our forest toward a fire permeable landscape.

Speaker:  Rich Fairbanks has worked in fire management since 1972.  He was Interdisciplinary Team Leader for the Biscuit Fire Recovery Project.  He currently teaches fire training courses at RCC.

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:07pm
Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

2014 Seed Crop and Cereal Production Meetings

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:12pm
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3 ODA PESTICIDE CREDITS AVAILABLE

3 LOCATIONS AND TIMES

FULL AGENDA FLYER:  http://oregonstate.edu/valleyfieldcrops/2014-fall-seed-crop-and-cereal-production-meetings

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NAWLA Wood Basics

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:56pm
Monday, September 8, 2014 8:00 AM - Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:00 PM

The NAWLA Wood Basics Course was started in 1981 to educate and develop a skilled workforce for the forest products industry. Over 1,500 have graduated from the Course since its inception, representing a broad cross section of the industry. Since that time, the curriculum has evolved with the industry, in areas such as technology and global trade. Today, the Wood Basics Course provides companies the best value and option to ensure its employees have the tools and knowledge to help them succeed.

The Wood Basics Course is a four-day immersion class that includes both classroom training and field operations. The curriculum encompasses the entire spectrum of the forest products industry: from seed to tree, from production to sales. Classes are taught be industry experts and cover all the topics relevant to success, such as:

  •  Negotiation Training
  •  Product Knowledge
  •  Understanding Industry Pricing
  •  Logistics & Transportation
  •  Forest Management & Operations 

The instructors are recognized experts in their respective fields, including corporate executives and industry consultants. The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, College of Forestry at Oregon State University & the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University provide many of the facilities, while its professors also act as instructors.

See http://www.nawla.org/education/wood-basics-course/ for more information.

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:56pm
Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

Demeter's Biodynamic Garden & Lounge returns to the National Heirloom Exposition.Santa Rosa, Ca

Small Farms Events - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:55pm
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Thursday, September 11, 2014 (all day event)

 

 

For immediate release

Demeter's Biodynamic Garden & Lounge
returns to the National Heirloom Exposition

 

Santa Rosa, CA August 13, 2014—With a mission to heal the earth through agriculture, Demeter USA once again hosts its popular Biodynamic Garden and Lounge with a full slate of speakers and panels at this year's 2014 National Heirloom Exposition.

A three-day fair devoted to the pure food movement, heirloom seeds, and anti-GMO education, the National Heirloom Exposition takes over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 9-11, 2014.

Now in its fourth year, the Expo last year drew over 18,000 visitors and Demeter's Garden and Lounge was a favored attraction. Located in the heart of the Expo footprint, this 15,000-square-foot installation offers relaxation and refreshment for guests to enjoy while learning about Biodynamic® farming principles and products.

Offering three full days of free education with Expo admission, Demeter's Garden and Lounge featured speakers this year include Dan Kent of Salmon-Safe, a new Demeter USA partner in the national "Farming in the Wild" program; Cynthia Sandberg of Love Apple Farm, the partner-grower to the esteemed South Bay restaurant Manresa; Harald Hoven of the Rudolph Steiner College; apiarist Michael Thiele, co-founder of Melissa's Garden bee sanctuary; Demeter USA co-director Jim Fullmer; "Slow Money" expert John Bloom; and many others.

As part of the Expo's Kid's Day programming, Demeter's Garden and Lounge hosts Malibu Compost in a free activity for students ages 5-17 on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Using open-pollinated Biodynamic seeds donated by Turtle Tree Seed company, young people will be invited to start plants that can be taken home for their own gardens—helping them grow into a healthier future as adults.

Interest in Biodynamic farming, viticulture, and products has never been higher, particularly in Northern California, where some 40 producers are either Demeter-certified or amid the transition to certification.

More comprehensive than organic, Biodynamic production treats the farm as a closed loop, a holistic whole in which all elements from the people to the soil are interdependent. Grape growers and vintners have been enthusiastic adopters of Biodynamic farming, not only because it is the best for their land, but because such wines are of avid interest to educated consumers. Look for a display of Demeter-certified products, including wine, onsite.

Join us at Demeter's Biodynamic Garden and Lounge this September at the National Heirloom Exposition, quickly becoming known as "The World's Fair of Pure Food."

 

Details: Demeter's Biodynamic Garden & Lounge at the National Heirloom Exposition

Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 9-11, 2014

Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa

Open 11am to 8pm

Exposition admission, $10 a day; $25 for all days; under 17, free.

Demeter Lounge and Garden admission included

 

Participating Organizations: Amanda Lane Photography, Blossom’s Farm, Biodynamic Association of Northern California (BDNAC), Bohemian Stoneworks, Dark Horse Farming Company, Demeter USA, DIY Edible Gardens, Frizelle Enos, Gaia Bees, Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products Inc., Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery, Healdsburg SHED, Healing Spirit Plants, Hundred Acre Wood Farm, Live Power Farm, Love Apple Farms, Lundberg Family Farms, Malibu Compost, Permaculture Artisans, Quantum Culture, RSF Social Finance, Robinwood Construction, Rudolf Steiner College, Salmon-Safe, Whole Foods Market

 

 

Sponsors: Demeter USA, Whole Foods Market, Presence Marketing, Dark Horse Farming Company, DIY Edible Gardens, Frey Vineyards, Healdsburg SHED, Lundberg Family Farms, Frey Vineyards, RSF Social Finance

 

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Contact: Elizabeth Candelario

Co-Director, Demeter USA

707.529.4412

Elizabeth@demeter-usa.org

 

About Demeter USA

Demeter USA is the United States’ representative of Demeter International. It is a not for-profit that was incorporated in 1985 with the mission to enable people to farm successfully, in accordance with Biodynamic® practices and principles. Demeter’s vision is to heal the planet through agriculture. For more information, please visit www.demeter-usa.org.

 

About the National Heirloom Expo

Produced by the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and the Petaluma Seed Bank, the 4th annual National Heirloom Exposition is a significant voice in the worlds of heirloom and artisan food and products, non-GMO, and sustainable farming. Known as "The World's Fair of Pure Food," this year’s event is expected to draw close to 20,000 people from all over the country. With emphasis on the increased awareness of label GMO campaigns, there will be a particularly large presence of pure food advocates, truth in labeling activists, and many more interested in promoting healthy living. In addition to the Demeter Biodynamic classes and workshops, over 100 speakers will present on subjects as diverse as seed saving, GMOs, home gardening, food politics and policy, farming, marketing local foods, and more. 

 

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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:59pm
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This is a multi-part series including sessions on forage assessment, harvest management, irrigation, renovation techniques, and fertility and includes indoor meetings as well as outdoor to demonstrate the principles of the series.  We will have a "project ranch" that we work on together, including site visits and an on-line document sharing 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 object of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley.

Instructors:  Shelby Filley and other OSU faculty and local experts

Fee:  $25 per evening per individual or ranch/family group and $100 for the series of five sessions.

Please pre-register by completing the registration form

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

5-DAY SEED ACADEMY

Small Farms Events - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:50am
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 9:30 AM - Sunday, September 14, 2014 9:00 PM

Local Residents ($650), two meals included each day.  Overnight attendees ($775) camping, bathing and 3 meals each day.
Registration & Details: http://www.eventbee.com/v/seedacademyfall2014 

5-days in-depth, hands-on training. Gain the essential skills you need to harvest and process seed. Learn the fundamentals of plant breeding & propagation. Receive step-by-step tolls, strategies, and inspired vision required to start or upgrade a seed business. In collaboration with OSU Extension Small Farms, Siskiyou Seeds, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. Days begin at 9:30 am, ends at 9 pm. Intensive classes daytime, evenings are inspiring and social. LIMITED TO 25.

More questions: contact Maud Powell, OSU Small Farms: maud.powell@oregonstate.edu   541-776-7371

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

STRUCTURES TO EXTEND THE GROWING SEASON

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:52pm
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Kelly Brainard, Ashland Greenhouses.
Winter is coming but it doesn't have to be the end of the growing season if a greenhouse, and/or cold frame is used. Construction of these season extenders will be covered.

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Benton Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Forestry Events - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 4:42pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tour the family forest of Mike & Molly Albrecht see the work they have done to bring productivity back to a site harvested before their ownership and how they have grappled with challenges such as maple competition and legacy roads. They also participant in the Woods Creek restoration project  to add large woody debris, reconnect side channel alcoves and plant conifers in the riparian zone

Date: Saturday September 6, 2014

Time: carpool caravan leaves Philomath at 9:00 am, return approximately 12:30 pm for luncheon

Location: meet at the Marys River Park in Philomath (300 S 11th Street, behind the Philomath Public Library) at 9:00 am to carpool to the Albrechts’ “JuliusTree Farm” on Woods Creek Rd, west of Philomath.

Registration is required by Friday, August 29 by e-mail to jody.einerson@oregonstate.edu or phone 541 766 6750. When you register, please indicate if you will need a ride up a ~1/4-mile steep hill.

The tour is free and lunch is $5, which can be paid at the park.

Small Farm School

Small Farms Events - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 4:42pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Small Farm School is a full day event with hands on and classroom workshops for beginning farmer and small acreage rural landowners. Join us the first Saturday of September at Clackamas Community College.

Field and classroom workshops include pig and poultry management, fruit and vegetable production, soil management, tractor safety and operation, on farm veterinary care and much more.

http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/small-farm-school

 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

COASTALearning Symposium Oct. 9-10

Breaking Waves - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:07am

NEWPORT – Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub are partnering with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Lincoln County School District to run the annual COASTALearning Symposium in Newport on October 9 and 10.

This professional development event is expected to reach 350 teachers and administrators on the Oregon Coast and focuses on using marine science and coastal natural resources as a context for learning across grades and subjects.  Breakout sessions include topics such as Marine Debris, Fish Habitat and Passage, Ocean Engineering, Watershed Studies, Stewardship Projects, and more.

Learn more:
Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Mount Mazama: Ashes to Forest

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:53pm
Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Join Extension Forest Health Specialist, Dave Shaw and Extension Watershed Specialist, Paul Adams, along with your local agent Steve Bowers on a tour that will discuss the four basic western Oregon forest types as they developed in the shadow of Mount Mazama over 7,000 years ago.

Forest types being discussed will include oak savannah, Douglas-fir, mixed conifer and high elevation/lodgepole pine.

In each of the stops, topics of interest will include:

  • Occurrence of noxious weeds
  • Tree Species
  • Soil types
  • Insect & disease identification
  • Environmental influences
  • Wood qualities
  • Management implications

At the midpoint of the tour, we will eat lunch at the Diamond Lake Lodge.  Participants can bring their own or each will be required to pay for their own meal.  All other accommodations on the tour are included at no cost.  This includes van, handouts and refreshments along the way.

Registration is required as we need an accurate count to accommodate refreshments and transportation.  There will be a limited number of spaces for this event, so you are encouraged to register early.

Confluence: Oregon communities respond to climate change

Breaking Waves - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:43am

Cover by artist Earl Newman

Climate change: Some people feel overwhelmed by it, others argue about it. Oregon Sea Grant researchers, Extension specialists and communicators, meanwhile are working to better understand what a changing climate is already doing to the ocean and coast – and helping coastal communities better prepare themselves for higher and more damaging waves, stronger storms, rising sea level and other anticipated changes.

The latest issue of OSG’s Confluence magazine examines some of the issues coastal Oregon faces, and ways in which Sea Grant is helping citizens and scientists address them, from anticipating the effects of climate change to building resilience in the face of them – and better understanding how people with different backgrounds and philosophies can even communicate about the topic.

Other articles in this issue include

  • Profiles of several Oregon Sea Grant Scholars, and how their student experiences in Sea Grant internships and fellowships helped prepare them for careers in marine science and public policy
  • A new app that helps coastal visitors identify critters they find on the beach – and contribute to citizen science by reporting them.
  • A study of how juvenile Dungeness crab move through coastal waters as they mature, and an exhibit at the Hatfield Marine Science Center that explains what scientists are learning, and how it might benefit the crab fishery.
Learn more
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New Video: Responding to the Risks of . . . Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris

Breaking Waves - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:26am

Marine debris – trash, refuse, stuff lost at sea — can often seem like a problem that’s difficult to make headway against. New short videos produced by Oregon Sea Grant can change that impression.

Responding to the Risks of Marine Debris: Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris, documents the aftermath of the devastating 2011 tsunami that washed millions of tons of personal belongings, along with other industrial and structural debris, in to the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan. Since then, Japanese tsunami marine debris both large and small has come ashore along the U.S. West Coast, providing a unique window on the ways in which debris moves throughout the oceans, the risks associated with marine debris, including invasive species, and the responses people — from scientists to citizens — are making to marine debris.

The 10-minute documentary video is online at the Oregon Sea Grant Vimeo channel in high definition at vimeo.com/98582981

. . . and on our YouTube channel (where closed captioning is also available):

This video was produced by Oregon Sea Grant in a cooperative project with NOAA West and the West Coast Sea Grant programs.

 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Labor Day

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 4:50pm
Monday, September 1, 2014 (all day event)
National Holiday. Campus closed. Enjoy a 3 day weekend!

YACHATS OPEN HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR

Gardening Events - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:40am
Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting various events throughout their annual MASTER GARDENER WEEK, August 17 - 24, at various locations.

MASTER GARDENER DEMONSTRATION GARDEN TOUR

Gardening Events - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:40am
Monday, August 18, 2014 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tour the Master Gardener DEMONSTRATION GARDEN  at Oregon Coast Community College in Lincoln City, and see the bounty -- including POTATOES in many forms!!!

 Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting various events throughout their annual MASTER GARDENER WEEK, August 17 - 24, at various locations.

FOOD PRESERVATION DEMONSTRATION

Gardening Events - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:40am
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Master Food Perserver will demonstrate safe way to preserve this year's garden harvest.  RSVP IS REQUIRED.

Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting various events throughout their annual MASTER GARDENER WEEK, August 17 - 24, at various locations.

MASTER GARDENER DEMONSTRATION GARDEN TOUR

Gardening Events - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:40am
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tour the Master Gardener DEMONSTRATION GARDEN  at Oregon Coast Community College in South Beach area, and watch & taste the locally-grown (by Master Gardeners) TOMATO TASTING COMPETITION!

Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting various events throughout their annual MASTER GARDENER WEEK, August 17 - 24, at various locations.