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Lane County Livestock Association Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - 8 min 46 sec ago
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

For more information contact Shelby Filley (541) 672-4461  shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu

 

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Agricultural Composting Resources & Education Series

Small Farms Events - 8 min 46 sec ago
Friday, April 3, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Attend both days. On April 3 with a small team you will build a compost pile using a wide variety of materials, then on April 10 you will evaluate the performance of your pile. You will also learn about compost area siting and design, handling different materials, turned windrows and aerated static piles, composting equipment and on-farm composting, calculating C/N ratios, estimating moisture content and bulk density, environmental protection and composting regulations, compost nutrient content, compost application, and improving soil with compost.

2015 instructors include Dan Sullivan (OSU), Andy Bary (WSU), Bob Barrows (DEQ) and Wali Via (Wintergreen Farm).

ACRES is co-sponsored by OSU Extension and Clackamas County SWCD. The course is designed for agricultural professionals and on-farm composters. The registation fee covers resource notebook, lunch and workshop materials. 

For more information please visit the ACRES website.

Click here for registration page

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Tractor Safety and Operation

Small Farms Events - 8 min 46 sec ago
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (all day event)

The beginner class is intended for new farmers or those looking to buy a new tractor. Instructors Marc Anderson and Derek Wells are  Master Trainers in farm equipment and safety education and are experts on equipment operation. Light snacks and water will be provided, please bring a sack lunch.Click here for draft agendas of beginner class.

 For more information and to register visit:  http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/%20%20adult-tractor-safety-and-operation

 

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Living on a Few Acres

Small Farms Events - 8 min 46 sec ago
Saturday, March 14, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Attention rural landowners! Plan to attend this informative annual conference held on March 14, 2015 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. Improve your knowledge and acquire new skills by taking courses taught by experts in a variety of subjects. There is something for everyone, from gardeners and hobby farmers to ranch and farm business owners.

This educational experience, presented by the Oregon State University Extension Service, is a successful collaboration of many Central Oregon agencies, sponsors, vendors and volunteers.

Join us this year and learn more about the following topics: native plant management, horses, poultry & livestock, vegetables, hay & pasture, irrigation management, water rights, wine-making, composting & cover crops, food preservation, tractor safety & skills, small farm/acreage assessment and more!

Register Here: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/living-few-acres-conference-0 

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Designing and Establishing Insectary Plantings in Oregon Orchards and Vineyards

Small Farms Events - 8 min 46 sec ago
Friday, March 6, 2015 - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 (all day event)

This two-part short course is built upon a two-day short course given last year by OSU and Xerces.  Last year’s course covered the basics of on-farm beneficial insects and the agricultural conservation practices that promote them on farms. This year’s two–part course will cover the technical details of designing and establishing plantings that promote beneficial insects in Oregon’s orchards and vineyards.  Part one of the course will be a winter day full of details (March 11th, The Dalles OR) on  annual and perennial insectary plantings and the specific beneficial insect predators, parasites and pollinators they attract.   Design and establishment techniques will be presented and discussed by experienced technicians and farmers and there will be an opportunity to practice habitat design and establishment on real-farm examples. Guest speakers include area orchardists and vineyardists (TBA), Drew Merritt co-owner of Humble Roots Farm and Nursery and Gwendolyn Ellen, Farmscaping for Beneficials Coordinator at OSU’s IPPC.

Part two of the course will be held in the summer 2015 on a participating vineyard/orchard in The Dalles area (details are being arranged). At the summer day participants will be able to see conservation practices at work on the farm.  There will be opportunities to reinforce and practice your course acquired knowledge, field ID beneficial insects and pests and gain practical tips from experienced farmers and conservationists on insectary planting establishment.

Important to know: There is no charge for the two-day course. Lunch will not be provided at the winter course. There is an opportunity to pre-order a bag lunch from the Basalt Rock Café at $13.80.

Registrants of Part One (March 11th, The Dalles, OR) of the course will be automatically registered for Part Two (on-farm, summer day) of the course.

Course size will be limited.   Registration is required. 

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Homesteading: Poultry Raising

Small Farms Events - 8 min 46 sec ago
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

It's not hard to raise backyard chickens, but there is a lot to know. During the course of this class we will discuss the basics of raising chickens and producing eggs and cover the following: breeds, buying chicks, feeding, housing, local regulation, and predators. Bring any other questions you may have!

Speaker: Chrissy Lucas, OSU Extension Small Farms Education Program Assistant

Register for Event:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/corvparksandrecreation/Activity_Search/16160#collapseFour

 

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Well Water Screening - Nitrate Only

Small Farms Events - 8 min 46 sec ago
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

What to Bring: 1/2 a cup untreated well water to class in a clean, water-tight container.

Why: Nitrate has been associated with a type of blue-baby syndrome, and there other emerging concerns about other potential health problems associated with nitrate in drinking water.   The areas at greatest risk for high nitrate in the Southern Willamette Valley are those with well-drained soils on the valley floor.  All homes with private wells should be actively monitored for nitrate levels, and it is recommended to test for nitrate and coliform bacteria every one to three years.

 

Nitrate screening takes about 10 – 15 minutes to complete.  An educator will be on hand to answer questions about wells and septic systems. General educational handouts will also be available.

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Well Water Screening and Edible Aquifers at the Daffodil Festival

Small Farms Events - 8 min 46 sec ago
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:00 PM

Come see us at the 2015 Daffodil Festival. Learn about the Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area, ask questions about local groundwater, kids can make an edible aquifer, and get you well water screened for nitrate - all for FREE.

Screening takes about 10 minutes, bring a sample of you well water in any clean container. 

Nitrate has been associated with a type of blue-baby syndrome, and there other emerging concerns about other potential health problems associated with nitrate in drinking water.   The areas at greatest risk for high nitrate in the Southern Willamette Valley are those with well-drained soils on the valley floor.  All homes with private wells should be actively monitored for nitrate levels, and it is recommended to test for nitrate and coliform bacteria every one to three years.

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OSU Blueberry School

Small Farms Events - 8 min 46 sec 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 - 8 min 46 sec 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 - 8 min 46 sec 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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Garden Discovery Day - Milwaukie Center

Gardening Events - 10 min 16 sec ago
Saturday, March 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is a morning full of short classes on essential gardening information taught by Oregon State University Extension Master Gardeners. All presentations are free and each is accompanied by a handout.

There will be displays, soil testing for pH, 10-Minute University sessions*, and a Q & A clinic.

*All 10-Minute classes will count towards the MG recertification credit.

 http://www.clackamascountymastergardeners.org/10-Minute%20University/10minuteUniversity.htm

TREE SEEDLING SALE

Gardening Events - 10 min 16 sec ago
Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Annual TREE SEEDLING SALE happens on Saturday, March 7th, at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds (4-H Buklding).  Sale hours are 10:00am - 2:00pm -- OR until seedlings are sold out, so come early for the best selection!  For more information, please contact OSU Extension Forestry Agent, Jim Reeb at

Jim.reeb@oregonstate.edu    or call OSU Extension Office at 541-574-6534
 

Multnomah County Master Gardener Chapter meeting

Gardening Events - 10 min 16 sec ago
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This program at the Multnomah County Master Gardener chapter meeting will feature Gail Langellotto from OSU.

Insects are capable of highly complex courting, mating and parenting behaviors, despite having only a collection of neurons in place of a brain.

*This presentation is approved for Master Gardener recertification credit.

 http://www.multnomahmastergardeners.org/speakerseries/2015/3/10/sex-on-six-legs

Starting Seeds

Gardening Events - 10 min 16 sec ago
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

What We'll Cover:

  • How and when to get started, costs, city requirements
  • Learn the importance of all pollinators including honey bees
  • Suggestions on how gardener can add to pollinator habitats,
  • Examples of bee friendly flowers and the importance of timing 

                                     

Free! Lectures are open to the public — no registration required 

 

TURNING DIRT INTO SOIL* Round Table Discussion

Gardening Events - 10 min 16 sec ago
Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

TURNING DIRT INTO SOIL, with Claudette, Sally R., & Sonja, at Newport Public Library Conference Room.

*A session in the series of 2015 Master Gardener Program ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS.

Bees in Your Backyard & Gardening for Bees

Gardening Events - 10 min 16 sec ago
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

What We'll Cover:

  • Bees in Your Backyard & Gardening for Bees
  • How and when to get started, costs, city requirements
  • Learn the importance of all pollinators including honey bees
  • Suggestions on how gardener can add to pollinator habitats,
  • Examples of bee friendly flowers and the importance of timing

                                        

Free! Lectures are open to the public — no registration required 

    Instructors: Bob Falconer and Jerry Maasdam

Compost Demo on March 21, 2015

Gardening Events - 10 min 16 sec ago
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For beginning to experienced composters, these hands-on workshops will cover the basics of how composting works, which materials to use, and the different methods and types of compost bins available. Workshops are led by knowledgeable backyard composting information specialists. Pre-registration is not required.

GROWING POTATOES & ONIONS* Round Table Discussion

Gardening Events - 10 min 16 sec ago
Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

GROWING POTATOES & ONIONS, with Claudette & Sally R., at Newport Public Library Conference Room.

*A session in the series of 2015 Master Gardener Program ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS.

Advanced Vegetable Gardening

Gardening Events - 10 min 16 sec ago
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Are you ready to take your vegetable gardening to the next level?  Learn important concepts and skills to help you maximize production in your plot including the following:
  • Practice garden bed preparation and planting.
  • Explore effective methods for pest and weed management.
  • Practice tool usage for safety and efficiency.
  • Discover the importance of crop planning and how timing your plantings throughout the seasons can help ensure healthy harvests year around.
  • Understand the nutrient needs of various crops for plant health and production.
  • Learn how to utilize cover crops in the summer and fall.
  • Observe various season extension techniques for maximizing the growing season.

Registration for this workshop will open February 13 for existing Master Gardener volunteers and the general public.  Registration is currently open via invitation for 2015 MG students.