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2017 Master Gardener Training Application Deadline

Gardening Events - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 6:10am
Friday, December 16, 2016 12:00 PM

Apply now for the 2017 Polk County Master Gardener training class! Application deadline is December 16th. See our page for more information and the application!


WCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 6:10am
Monday, December 19, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 6:10am
Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 6:10am
Monday, December 5, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Growing and Hybridizing Irises

Gardening Events - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 6:10am
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Guest speaker: Steve Schreiner from Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, cultivate 200 acres of Iris and is the largest grower of Iris in the United States.  It has been family owned and operated for nearly four generations.   The American Iris Society has awarded Schreiner’s Iris Garden the Dykes Memorial Medal (its highest award) eleven times. They have also won many other national and international awards.   


Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:27pm

Our similarities bring us to a common ground; our differences allow us to be fascinated by each other.

~~Tom Robbins


I find this quote so interesting by one of my favorite authors. My friends fit this description. I find them fascinating. They are all different; all smart; all creative.

So are my daughters. Both different, smart, and creative. I got good material in the nature/nurture discussion. I find them fascinating.

How do we find the common ground?

Perhaps it is like planning a program.

You want accomplish something (the outcome of a program in economic, environmental, or social terms). You outline what you want to accomplish, make it fit some criteria. Run the program.

Oops. Somewhere the outcome changed. You go back to the drawing board (The Journal of Irreproducible not withstanding). You look at your logic model and at your theory of change to figure out where the change could have happened. Then, you run the program. Fascinating. Just like your friends.

If it worked smoothly (or every one was the same), where would you be?

Remember Murphy’s Law? Just like program planning (maybe like making a friend). If it can go wrong, it will.

You have to work to find the fascinating, the uncommon ground. Finding the similarities that are on the surface is easy (relatively); differences are not as obvious and harder to find. Yet, those differences are fascinating.

The planning process is similar to friendships. The similarities are obvious; the differences are not. Work for those differences; make each program unique. It is worth it.

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Dry Farming Collaborative Winter Grower's Meeting

Small Farms Events - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 9 – 9:30 am – Welcome and introductions
  • 9:30 – 10:15 – Overview of Project and Results  - Amy Garrett and Andy Gallagher
  • 10:15 – 10:30 – Coffee/snack break
  • 10:30 – 11:30 – Dry Farming Roundtable discussion – each dry farming trial host will take 5-10 minutes to highlight their results and experience this year with dry farming – what worked well or not so well, what varieties stood out, etc
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Discuss next years trials (treatments, crops, varieties, locations) and future directions of this project
  • 12:30 – 2 pm – Potluck (featuring some of your dry farmed goods!) and networking

Deep Roots Coalition (http://www.deeprootscoalition.org/) may also be joining us to share about their work in promoting sustainable and terroir-driven viticulture without irrigation, and doing a tasting during our potluck featuring their wine made exclusively with dry-farmed grapes. Various stakeholders and people doing work complementary to our efforts are being invited to attend and learn more about what we are doing  -  climatologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, GIS specialists, and freelance writers just to name a few. New ideas, resources, and collaborations may result!

 Please RSVP if you plan to attend: amy.garrett@oregonstate.edu

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Horses & Mud

Small Farms Events - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The rain is here and farms are muddy.  If you are a horse owner and the realization of several months of mucky barnyards, paddocks and pastures is driving you crazy, consider joining other’s in the same situation and make a plan to change your situation for the future.  During this two-hour class at the Lane County Extension office, we’ll:

  • Discuss options for reducing mud by designing all-weather paddocks
  • Talk about pasture management strategies
  • Consider ways to best compost horse manure

This class is taught by Melissa Fery, an Associate Professor of Practice with the OSU Extension Small Farms Program.

More info & registration available here: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/horses-mud

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Something to ponder while you enjoy that fire this winter

Tree Topics - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:00pm

Brad Withrow-Robinson, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent, Benton, Linn and Polk Counties.


I was given Norwegian Wood this summer. No, not the Beatles’ famous 1965 single about a John Lennon romance.  The gift is a book about the Scandinavian romance with firewood.  Its full title is “Norwegian Wood: chopping, stacking and drying wood the Scandinavian way” (by Lars Mytting).  I loved it.  I would probably hesitate to admit that to most people, but Tree Topics and Compass readers are not most people.  You are wood people and will understand. 

Norwegian Wood is an embrace of all things firewood. It delves into the historic Scandinavian reliance on wood to heat hearth and home when having enough wood on hand (at far northern latitudes) was a matter of life and death.  That dependence seems to still shape the collective Scandinavian psyche.  People there respect wood.

Mytting opens the book with a story of where his own journey of discovery about wood began, a story of an elderly neighbor for whom the annual ritual of putting in the wood was a tonic, giving him renewed purpose and energy.  He goes on to describe the process of making firewood, the various kind of trees, the preferred tools (and some evolutionary history of chainsaws and axes), the advantages of different cutting, hauling, covering, stacking, stove design and fire building practices.

But especially stacking. The book abounds in handsome photos of woodpiles, with descriptions of the different methods of stacking.  It also has analysis (including citation of studies by the Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology) of various approaches.  The book includes stories of rural Norwegians, at least a couple octogenarians for whom making firewood remains a significant task, whatever the Doctor says.  A person may get too old for many things, but not too old for stacking firewood it seems.

There is no question that for many Norwegians and Swedes, firewood is not just necessity. It is a matter of pride and even art.  It is almost scary.  Many people there, perhaps even the culture as a whole seems to be suffering from a particular form of the Wood Sickness.

So I recommend the book to anyone who uses wood, but does so with some degree of attachment beyond the mere utility of it. This book is for us.  The topic is familiar, but the cultural context, tradition and ecological context (Scandinavia v Oregon) all make it fresh and entertaining reading that will give you new insight to something familiar.


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Firewise Field Skills Workshop

Forestry Events - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Practice the skills you need to maintain a FIREWISE landscape!

Join fire professionals from Oregon Department of Forestry, and Oregon State University Extension (SOREC). This hands on workshop will give landowners guided practice with some on the ground skills needed to manage their property to create and maintain a firewise landscape.  You will learn and practice how to assess and select trees for thinning, pruning skills, and slash disposal including different methods of creating and managing burn piles.  You will also get background on our fire adapted environment that will help you understand the role and effects of fire in Southern Oregon.

Date: Dec 3 (with Dec. 10th as a rain day) 12:00-5:30

Cost: FREE (Snacks included)

Pre- Registration required. To register call: 541-776-7371

Date: December 3 (Rain Day December 10th)- We won’t be deterred by a few sprinkles but If the weather is truly inclement,  we will contact you to let you know that the workshop will be held the following weekend Saturday Dec. 10th.  Please keep both Dec. 3rd and Dec. 10 free in your calendar just in case. 

Location: Oregon department of Forestry 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass, OR. We begin at the ODF office and will caravan to the field site after a brief orientation.


·         Please read the attached workshop information sheet for details.

·         We will be working!  Bring work gloves and any of the following equipment you may own: safety glasses, pole saw, loppers, pruning shears, clipboard, writing material. Please let Rachel know what tools you are able to bring upon registration. Rachel.werling@oregonstate.edu

Ties to the Land - Your family forest heritage

Forestry Events - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This interactive workshop provides the tools families with ranches or woodlands need to decide the future of their land and land-based businesses.

Topics Included:

  • Developing a shared vision and passion for the land
  • Keeping the land in the family - maintaining generational ties
  • Pass on the land with reduced estate taxes
  • Identifying and addressing challenges facing family business

What’s Included:
Lunch and Refreshments
Workbook to personalize your plan

Grazing for Green: Forages and the Sheep Industry

Small Farms Events - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Saturday, December 3, 2016 (all day event)
More information available here: http://www.oregonforage.org/workshops-and-research/
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CPHHS Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:36pm
Friday, December 2, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Breast Milk Protein Digestion in Premature Infants" David Dallas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Dave Dallas’s research aims to improve the health of premature infants. These infants have been shown to have greatly reduced health outcomes (including early mortality, developmental disorders, high risk of infection, etc.) in comparison with term-delivered, breast milk-fed infants.

The greatly reduced digestive capability of premature infants means that these infants are not breaking down milk proteins in the same way as term infants and may, therefore, be missing many bioactive peptides and glycopeptides encrypted in human milk proteins. This difference in digestive capacity may mean that premature infants are not receiving the full health benefits of milk.

His work includes developing mass spectrometry-based peptidomic techniques to assess proteins as they are digested and is currently exploring how various types of proteins and food processing techniques alter protein digestibility.

This college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by the College Research Office; the Hallie Ford Center; the Center for Healthy Aging; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods Nutrition and Preventive Health; and the Center for Global Health. This seminar is also sponsored by the Nutrition Program in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences

The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researcher to present and discuss current research in public health and human sciences in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning.

Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Forestry Events - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - Friday, December 2, 2016 (all day event)

The 5th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture will bring together farmers, educators, technical assistance providers and activists engaged in healthy food and farming to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues aimed at expanding the success of women farmers and ranchers.

For more information, http://2016wisa.org/ 

Plant Propagation Class

Forestry Events - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 2:38pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Would you like to learn how to propagate native plants for your forest or landscape? Native plants support the local wildlife habitat, and are low maintenance when planted in the proper place. If you have a natural area that needs to be restored, or are just interested in putting more natives into your home garden, farm or woodlot, then propagating your own can be very rewarding and save you money to boot!

Clackamas Community College’s fall term Plant Propagation class will emphasize native plants this year, and is designed to give you hands-on experience reproducing a variety of plants from seeds and cuttings. There is also an online component where you will get more of the background on how and why plants are propagated the way that they are.

The class is offered by the Horticulture Department at Clackamas Community College on the Oregon City campus Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm, September 29 - December 8, 2016, taught by Jen Gorski.

Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative

Forestry Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


8:00 – 12:00


LUNCH 12:00 – 13:00

Special Presentation:  Jared LeBoldus on Black stain, Rhizoctonia, and Phytopthora pluvialis.


BUSINESS MEETING: Members and Guests Only.

13:00 – 16:00

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am
Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am
Monday, November 7, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Winter dahlia care

Gardening Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to dig, divide and store dahlias for the winter to ensure healthy spring tubers.  Bring gloves and dig up dahlia tubers for division.

Monthly Membership Meeting

Gardening Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Larry Buschman is a Master Gardener and a member of the American Dahlia Society. His topic on Tuesday evening will be "Doing Dahlias the Easy Way". He has interesting and innovative ways for growing that remove some of the mystery and a lot of the work of growing this popular plant.