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Compost Demo on March 21, 2015

Gardening Events - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:34am
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 - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:34am
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 - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:34am
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.

Small-Scale & Urban farming Series

Gardening Events - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:34am
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn about the newest in vegetable vaieties with OSU Vegetable Breed Professor Jim Myers. Pre-registration requested, $25 per person. Details on the website: extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens

Spring into Gardening

Gardening Events - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:34am
Saturday, March 14, 2015 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM

Spring into Gardening Educational Seminars.  8 topics to choose from.  A buffet lunch is included in the registration fee.

Open to the public and all Master Gardeners!  MGs receive a discount on registration and seminars count toward volunteer recertification credit.

Flyer with registration and more details:

 http://extension.oregonstate.edu/yamhill/sites/default/files/4h/documents/flyer_for_sn2g_2015_with_registration_pdf.pdf

Oregon Forests Student Summit

Forestry Events - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The goal of the Oregon Forests High School Student Summit is for high school students who are considering college to: 1) increase their understanding about forests, 2) explore careers in forestry and natural resources, and 3) consider OSU’s College of Forestry for their undergraduate career.

For more information, click HERE

Inland Empire Reforestation Council

Forestry Events - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (all day event)
Site Prep and Beyond: Managing Young Conifer Stands
Hear from State and Private Industry professional foresters on the latest in management, site prep, mitigation, pests and legislative updates. For more information, or to register see the event brochure.

Woodland Management

Forestry Events - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property.  It serves as preparation for the OSU Master Woodland Manager Training.  Topics covered include:

  • Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site
  • What's Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology
  • Take Care of Your Woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
  • Getting it Done: Safety, tools and techniques, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.
Instructors are Glenn Ahrens, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent, and Julie Woodward, Forest Education Program Manager, Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

Please pre-register no later than February 3.

https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/832

Climate Trends in the Pacific Northwest

Forestry Events - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:35pm
Monday, March 2, 2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ag and forest owners and producers are invited to this informal session on what is being observed in the field of climate research by scientists associated with Oregon State. This will address recent/current conditions and how changing trends may affect the long term production in Northeast Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Geologic mapping and using this to estimate ground and surface water trends and recharge will be covered.

Woodland Management

Forestry Events - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:35pm
Monday, March 2, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property.  Topics covered include:
  • Getting Started:  Assessing your property and your site
  • What's Going on in Your Woods?  Understanding tree biology and forest ecology
  • Taking Care of Your Woods: tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
  • Getting it Done: Safety, timber sale logisitics, and laws and regulations

Instructor is Amy Grotta, OSU Forest & Natural Resources Extension Agent - Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties

To attend you must pre-register no later than January 26th.  The form can me accessed at:

https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/823.

 

2015 OSU Oregon Small Farms Conference

Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:35am
Saturday, February 28, 2015 (all day event)

This daylong event is geared toward farmers, agriculture professsionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets.

Twenty-four sessions will be offered on a variety of topics relevant to Oregon small farmers including small farm profitability, meat processing, orcharding and much more!  This year will also include a track in Spanish. 

Speakers will include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness representatives and more.  

For more conference details and registration please visit: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfc

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Insights into Gardening

Gardening Events - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:34am
Saturday, February 7, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and gardeners-to-be. Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, new to the area or an Oregon native, you will find plenty of ideas to make your gardening easier, more enjoyable and more successful.

 Visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights for registration information.

One Shot, One Opportunity

Environment Events - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:35pm
Friday, February 27, 2015 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Kevin Klock (Chemical Engineering '92) has focused his 23 years of experience in the food and beverage industry to turn Talking Rain into an international success.  His unique approach to business management marries his operational and science background with a passion for building strong teams that collaborate to build success.  He joined Talking Rain in 2006, became Senior Vice President and General Manager in 2010, and CEO and President in 2011.

In 2013, Sparkling ICE was America’s fastest-growing consumer packaged goods business with an upward trajectory showing no signs of plateau. This impressive growth has led to a bevy of honors for Sparkling ICE’s parent company, Talking Rain, including recognition on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, and earning Beverage World’s Liquid Refreshment Company of the Year award in 2014. In addition to the accolades, Sparkling ICE signed its first brand ambassador this year, having found a fan in NBA MVP Kevin Durant. The success of Sparkling ICE has driven Talking Rain’s retail sales from $10 million in 2010 to more than $392 million in measured sales in 2014. With these recent achievements, coupled with the brand’s unique direct-store-distribution (DSD) network, Talking Rain looks forward to further expansion, including breaking into markets outside of the U.S. in 2015.

Kevin Klock will speak about leadership and his experiences at Talking Rain.

'Drylands' - Free Film Screening

Small Farms Events - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:35pm
Friday, February 27, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The night before the Small Farms Conference there will be a free screening of the film, Drylands.

Filmed over a decade and set in the American West, Dryland traces a young man’s quest for victory in a rambunctious contest, while battling to preserve a threatened way of life. This cinematic meditation on the fate of rural America reveals a paradoxical struggle between technological advancement and the dwindling family farm. Josh Knodel and best friend Matt Miller strive to win the Lind Combine Demolition Derby, save their town, and preserve the legacy of their families’ Eastern Washington wheat farms. Bittersweet yet exuberant, Dryland champions hope, in a celebration of hard work and harder play, fueled by ingenuity, heart, and axle grease. 

Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015

Time: 7:00pm

Cost: **** Free event, but donation of non-perishable food is appreciated****

Location: C & E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU Campus, Corvallis

More movie information and film trailer here: http://www.drylandmovie.net/

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Assets and Needs

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:31pm

Evaluators are often the key people identified to conduct a needs assessment. A needs assessment is identified in the situation that exists before the intervention is designed or implemented. Hopefully.  Currently, there is discussion in the field that rather than focusing on needs (i.e., what is missing, needed), there should be discussions of assets (i.e., what is available, strengths). My favorite go-to person on needs assessments is Jim Altschuld who has published a volume that talks about bridging the gap between the two. . In it, he talks about the difference between the two. He says, “Need is a noun, a problem that should be attended to or resolved. It is a gap or discrepancy between the ‘what should be’ and the ‘what is’ conditions”. However, assets/capacity building (emphasis added) refer “…to building a culture in an organization or community so that it can grow and change in accord with its strengths…”

Recently, at a meeting looking at diversity, I suggested the focus be on assets rather than needs. The meeting’s facilitator jumped from looking at assets to conducting a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis.

I went looking for how Altschuld treats this topic (he doesn’t–at least it isn’t in the index).

So I wondered how these two approaches are related. Certainly, strengths could be equated with assets (although the Wikipedia page cited above says strengths are “characteristics of the business or project that give it an advantage over others” which are not exactly the same thing as assets) and weaknesses could be equated to needs (although the Wikipedia page cited above says weaknesses are “characteristics that place the business or project at a disadvantage relative to others”).  I don’t think in terms of “others” when I conduct a needs assessment or an assets assessment that consequently builds capacity. So, how is the project (intervention) at a disadvantage? How is it at an advantage. I suppose that a current situation that “needs” something could be at a disadvantage when compared to others (interventions, projects, programs). Typically, the evaluator doesn’t have the time or other resources to explore how the situation is different/disadvantaged from others.

Where do the opportunities and threats fit? The Wikipedia citation says that opportunities are “elements that the project could exploit to its advantage” (are these not assets?) and threats are “elements in the environment that could cause trouble for the business or project” (these could be needs,certainly).

Sounds to me like a SWOT is detailed approach that includes some of the same things that a needs and assets assessment includes. The biggest difference that I see is that SWOT  includes comparison “others”. What if there is not an “other”?  What if the project is in a controlled environment? Can this be a useful tool to an evaluator? What do you think?

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Forest Tax Workshop

Forestry Events - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:35pm
Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The focus of the workshop will be:

  • Federal and state income taxes
  • Property tax options
  • Oregon state timber harvest and severance taxes
  • Sources for professional assistance

Forest Tax Workshop

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The focus of the workshop will be:

  • Federal and state income taxes
  • Property tax options
  • Oregon state timber harvest and severance taxes
  • Sources for professional assistance

Forest Tax Workshop

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The focus of the workshop will be:

  • Federal and state income taxes
  • Property tax options
  • Oregon state timber harvest and severance taxes
  • Sources for professional assistance

You, Your Tree Farm & Taxes

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free talk sponsored by Linn Chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Association and OSU Extension

Congress, the Courts, and Forest Management - What's Next?

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This session is designed to give woodland owners an update on the issues that impact their forestry operations and woodland ownership. The discussion will be led by Scott Horngren. For the past 28 years he has specialized in legal and policy issues in forestry. Topics will include:

 

  • Oregon Forest Practices and pending developments that can impact forestry operations in western Oregon
  • EPA permitting on forestry roads as point source polluters. What is the current situation?
  • Recent and pending legislation on current issues relevant to woodland owners