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Dry Farming Collaborative Field Day

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 24 min ago
Tuesday, August 8, 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 and work party (medicinal herb farm and garlic cleaning)

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 24 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 24 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 24 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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Irrigation Management in Pastures

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 24 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 24 min ago
Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Blueberry Field Day

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 24 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 24 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 24 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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NWREC Caneberry Field Day

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 24 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 24 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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CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 4 hours 24 min ago
Thursday, June 1, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

National Get Outdoors Day

Gardening Events - 4 hours 24 min ago
Saturday, June 3, 2017 (all day event)

The fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday June 3rd, 2017 from 10am-3pm at Peavy Arboretum. This free event is hosted by OSU College of Forestry and OSU Benton County Extension, and will feature a variety of hands-on activities to connect youth and families with the great outdoors. Spanish speaking volunteers will provide bilingual assistance. 

Join us and discover the forest in your backyard. For more information visit the website at: http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/get-outdoors-day

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 4 hours 24 min ago
Monday, June 5, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Scientific Illustration Exhibition

Gardening Events - 4 hours 24 min ago
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 5:00 PM - Friday, June 9, 2017 5:00 PM

RECEPTION JUNE 7, 5-6 PM

OPEN VIEWING JUNE 8-9, 3-5 PM 

Christmas Tree Training Day

Forestry Events - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 2:35pm
Monday, June 26, 2017 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Audience: FNR and other OSU staff wanting to learn about Christmas tree production and management to help with client questions. Will discuss- “How to find answers to those Christmas tree questions that may come your way”.

Chal Landgren, OSU Extension Christmas Tree Specialist, will be the instructor.

Where: Holiday Tree Farm Nursery, 30132 Beaver Creek Rd. Corvallis, Oregon. Look for the “Christmas Tree Class” sign near the front office. Class will be a mix of field and indoor discussions, assuming it stops raining.

When: Monday, June 26; 8:30-4:00 pm

Topics:

·         The Basics- costs/returns, where Oregon fits? statistics, rules, associations and the National Check- Off Program.

·         Getting started-soils and nutrient management (EM 8856-E-Christmas Tree Nutrient Management Guide). Just the high points- what growers need to do to assess their site and be successful before planting a tree.

·         All about seedlings- Tour of nursery and Christmas tree seed orchard (Scott Godwin- Holiday Nursery Manager)

·         Growing trees- tree culturing and genetics- field and class (PNW 6 and 684)

·         Keeping trees healthy-diseases/insects/weed control- field and class (PNW 659+ PNW Disease, Weed and Insect Handbooks)

·         A Growers Perspective- Issues and concerns in the industry- Mark Arkills, Holiday Tree Farm Area Manager.

·         Where to get help for growers and yourself? - Associations, WSU, ODA, OSU connections.

Bring your lunch. Snacks and refreshments provided.

 

To Register for the class: E-mail Chal Landgren (chal.landgren@oregonstate.edu) or call 971.801.0381. Preregister by 6/22/17.

The Era of Megafires

Forestry Events - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 2:35pm
Sunday, June 25, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

"The Era of Megafires" presentation, is taking place at the OK Theater, in Enterprise, OR, on Thursday, May 25th, 2017, from 6-8pm (doors open at 5:30pm).  This is an outstanding multimedia presentation that has been seen by many, across the region, in recent months. It features Dr. Paul Hessburg, and is the culmination of his 3+ decades of research in the field.  As I've mentioned to many of you, this may be our final opportunity to experience this presentation/film in its current iteration - with Dr. Paul Hessburg present, live and in person, for a time of Q&A.  Please see the attached poster, for more details, as well as the link to the film's producers, North40Productions:

http://www.north40productions.com/wildfire

Jackson Josephine Small Woodlands Association Annual Tour & Picnic

Forestry Events - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, June 24, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for a tour in the Applegate of the Griffin Lane property of Hope Robertson and Neal
Anderson. Hope and Neal have been taking care of this 242 acre property for 11 years. There will be a
walking tour of about 2 miles; a moderate hike with some uneven footing. There will also be a shorter,
flatter walking tour option. Bring water, hiking boots, and hiking poles if you wish.
Non-members welcome!

Tour topics and highlights:
• Home fire protection & defensible space
• Forest management
• Non-commercial thinning
• Trail-building
• Fuel reduction

Please bring: a chair, something to grill, eating utensils, a salad or dessert to share. Drinks and
barbeque grill and utensils will be provided. See directions to the property below.


*Please RSVP to (541) 776-7371

4-H Camp - Animal Planet Theme

4-H Events - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 9:30 AM - Friday, June 23, 2017 1:00 PM
4-H Camp is open to all youth who have completed 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.  You do not have to be a current 4-H member to attend!

Our resident, overnight camp is a fun adventure in outdoor living, supervised by a trained and responsible leadership team.  Swimming, hiking, crafts, games, archery, discovery sessions, new skills, new friends, singing, and nature study are all a part of the 4-H camp experience.

Cost:  $155/non 4-H members; $100/4-H members (This fee includes bus transportation to and from camp, meals, housing, crafts, t-shirt, backpack and many other camp program experiences.) No refunds after June 11th. Those living withing the city limits of Reedsport or Canyonville are required to pay the full $255 camp fee, due to living outside the Douglas County Extension Service Tax District.

Registration is available online at:  2017 4-H Camp Myrtlewood 

Click here for a flyer.

Alternative facts?

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 2:06pm
Alternative facts.

Never. Never. has evaluation been questioned with the label of “alternative facts.”

Over the years, I have been very aware that evaluation is a political activity.

I have talked about evaluation being political (here, and here, and here, and here ).

But is it? Is it just another way of making the answer be what we want it to be? A form of alternative fact?

I’ve been an evaluator for a long time. I want to make a difference to the people who experience my programs (or the programs for which I’m consulting as an external evaluator). The thought that I might be presenting “alternative facts” is troublesome.

Did I really determine that outcome? Or is the outcome bogus? Liars use statistics, you know. (This is a paraphrase of a quote that Mark Twain attributed to Benjamin Disraeli.)

Big news brings out the fakers. But are evaluation results “big news”? Or…do people not want to hear what is actually happening, what the outcome really is?

Reminds me of 1984 ( George Orwell): War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength (the English Socialist Party–aka. INGSOC). Kevin Siers added, in his cartoon of Sean Spicer,  “2017 is 1984”.  Two contradictory ideas existing at the same time as correct.

Statistics.

Statistics is a tool that evaluators use on a regular basis. It allows evaluators to tease apart various aspects of a program. The “who” , the “what”, the “when”, maybe even the “why”. Statistics can certainly help determine if I made a difference  But how I see statistics may not be how you see them, interpret them, use them. Two people can look at a set of statistics and say they do not agree. Is that an example of alternative facts?

Bias.

Everyone comes to any program with preconceived bias. You, the evaluator, want to see a difference. Preferably a statistically significant difference, not just a practical significance (although that would be nice as well).

Even if you are dealing with qualitative data, and not with quantitative data yielding statistics, you come to the program with bias. Objectivity is not an option. You wouldn’t be doing the program if you didn’t think that the program will make a difference. Yet, the individuals who have funded the program (or in some other way are the folks who get the final report) can (and do) not accept the report as it is written. That is not what they want to see/hear/read. Does that make the report alternative facts? Or is bias speaking without acknowledging that bias?

Perhaps Kierkegaard is right.

There are only two ways you can be fooled.

 

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molly.

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