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Biochar 2016

Forestry Events - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:36pm
Monday, August 22, 2016 12:00 PM - Thursday, August 25, 2016 12:00 PM

Over the last several years, researchers have helped open up many promising avenues for biochar market development in North America. Likewise, many entrepreneurs and small business owners have made investments to develop commercial markets. With so much research being published on biochar (over 5000 publications in 2015 alone!), there is a need to bring together these two groups to share information, lessons learned, and to solicit ideas on the pathway forward for biochar commercial development. The US Biochar Initiative and Sustainable Obtainable Solutions aims to bring together stakeholders in the applied biochar research community and the private sector to further biochar market development.

Who should attend?
This event is designed for farmers, foresters, policy makers, biochar producers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Students and interested citizens will also benefit from this event.

For more information, http://usbi2016.org/

Vegetable Variety Field Day

Small Farms Events - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:36pm
Thursday, September 8, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for an afternoon of field tours, tasting tables and discussions with Extension agents, farmers and seed companies.

Over 15 crops with multiple varieties of vegetables are growing at the NWREC Learning Farm. Come see what varieties work for your farm. 

More information: Website and to RSVP: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/nwrec-2016-vegetable-variety-field-day-aurora

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GET YER GOAT-GOAT EDUCATION DAY

Small Farms Events - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:36pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

FLYER

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

This annual event is sponsored by the Rogue Valley Dairy Goat Association. Both Beginner and Advanced workshop tracts are offered. Topics include Goats 101, diseases, parasites, genetics, poisonous plants toxic to goats and other livestock, building a milk stand (complete construction; completed unit will be raffled at this event). A separate cheese-making class taught by Alex Appleman runs from 12:45 to 4 pm for an additional $50 (replacing two afternoon class choices). 

REGISTER ON LINE

 

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NWREC Public Farm Tours

Small Farms Events - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:36pm
Friday, September 30, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Every last Friday of the month, from May through October, North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC)
will provide two-hour afternoon farm tours. Anyone interested in seeing the latest research and education activities taking place at the farm are encouraged to attend.
  •  Tours begin at 2:00pm and conclude by 4:00pm. Bring friends, family or neighbors.
  • Call 503-678-1264 or stop by the Main office from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily to reserve your spot.
  • Alltours are provided free of charge as a public service.

Larger groups (up to 24) can be accommodated, too. Call ahead to schedule a convenient time.

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Small Farm School

Small Farms Events - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:36pm
Thursday, September 15, 2016 (all day event)

Small Farm School is a full day of hands-on and classroom workshops for beginning commercial farmers and rural land owners.
Topics for 2016 include hazlenut production, pollinator health and habitat, goat management, soil and pasture care, fencing for grazing,  business classes and many others.

Registration opens on July 12, 2016

Visit the Small Farm School Website for more information.
http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/small-farm-school

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Vegetable Insect IPM Series - Carrot rust fly, Cabbage maggot, &Cabbage Moths

Small Farms Events - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Are you interested in learning more about managing vegetable insect pests on your farm?

Workshop will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center 

Pleae visit: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/vegetable-insect-ipm-series-aurora for registration information and the workshop agenda

This workshop will cover prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression of carrot rust fly, cabbage maggot and cabbage moths. There will also be a tour and discussion on farmscaping for beneficials. 

Participants will receive a hand lens, handouts, and a SARE thumb drive loaded with IPM resources.

Instructors include Nick Andrews, Heather Stoven, Heidi Noordijk; OSU Extension,
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NWREC Public Farm Tours

Small Farms Events - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:36pm
Friday, August 26, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Every last Friday of the month, from May through October, North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC)
will provide two-hour afternoon farm tours. Anyone interested in seeing the latest research and education activities taking place at the farm are encouraged to attend.
  •  Tours begin at 2:00pm and conclude by 4:00pm. Bring friends, family or neighbors.
  • Call 503-678-1264 or stop by the Main office from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily to reserve your spot.
  • Alltours are provided free of charge as a public service.

Larger groups (up to 24) can be accommodated, too. Call ahead to schedule a convenient time.

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A Market for Barnacles

Terra - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:40pm

In Spain, a plate of gooseneck barnacles will set you back more than the cost of a lobster dinner. Known as percebes, goosenecks “set the palate in ecstasy,” a Barcelona chef recently told a reporter. Nevertheless, Julia Bingham winced a little last spring when asked if she had ever tried the tube-shaped delicacies while she was studying them as an undergraduate at Oregon State University.

“I get that question a lot, and it kills me to say ‘no,’” said Bingham, who had gingerly navigated the wave-tossed shore of Cape Perpetua to collect barnacle samples for her University Honors College thesis. “It’s supposed to be sweeter than crab or lobster and taste like the ocean.”

Gooseneck barnacles dot rocks at Smelt Sands beach in Yachats. (Photo: Julia Bingham)

In Spain and other parts of the world, that reputation has been the barnacles’ downfall. Harvesters go to extremes to scrape the crustaceans (relatives of shrimp and krill as well as crab and lobster) from the rocks. The fishers wade into pounding surf or hang precariously on ropes just above the waves. Populations of Pollicipes pollicipes collapsed as prices reached as high as $50 per pound.

During a summer 2015 field course at Oregon State’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Bingham learned about the gooseneck problem. She also discovered that a similar species, Pollicipes polymerus, grows abundantly on the West Coast. She wondered if this animal, which lives among mussels and extends what amounts to a leg into the passing surf, could pose an opportunity for fishermen. And if so, how could Oregon avoid overharvesting local populations?

Goosenecks are opportunists. They sometimes grow on top of acorn barnacles. (Photo courtesy of Julia Bingham)

Bingham found that there was little published information about goosenecks on the Oregon coast. She sought research advice from OSU marine biologists Bruce Menge, Sally Hacker and Sarah Henkel. With help from two friends and fellow students, Max Afshar and Levi Vasquez, she did preliminary population surveys at Cape Perpetua and Cape Foulweather.

Last winter and spring, as a student in assistant professor Mark Novak’s marine ecology lab, Bingham launched the first systematic evaluation of gooseneck barnacle biology in Oregon. She “chased the low tide,” she says, meaning that she sometimes got up in the middle of the night to arrive at her Cape Perpetua field site before dawn when the tides were out far enough for her to safely do her research.

In 2015, her work earned a “best undergraduate paper” award at a meeting of the Western Society for Naturalists in California.

This summer, she is building on her results with support from Oregon Sea Grant. In a collaboration with University of Oregon professor Alan Shanks at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston and with Tom Calvanese, director of Oregon State’s Port Orford Field Station, she is surveying populations on jetties — rock walls built to enhance navigation — where commercial harvesting would likely start. She is also testing methods to encourage goosenecks to reproduce and grow.

As part of the project, Calvanese and Port Orford Sustainable Seafood, an organization that supports local fishers, will explore the possibility of developing a West Coast market for goosenecks. By encouraging collaboration between scientists, fishers and the public, Bingham and her team aim to foster a sustainable approach to management.

Julia Bingham

“The barnacles need specific conditions to colonize and settle,” Bingham says. “And they don’t grow everywhere. As they develop into adults, there’s a lot of mortality along the way. It takes a long time for them to reach harvestable size. The recruits take at least a couple of years to become adults, and growth tends to slow.

“Part of what makes the barnacles’ life history traits so sensitive to overharvest is that they settle onto each other,” she adds. “Harvesting clumps kills not just adults but the juveniles, which would already take a long time to grow enough to replace the harvested adults in the population.”

Shelby Walker, Oregon Sea Grant director, says she was deeply impressed by Bingham’s persistence and enthusiasm. “This is exactly the type of work that Sea Grant strives to support, a project that truly integrates research and community engagement,” she said.

In Spain and Portugal, scientists and fishers have worked to restore gooseneck populations without closing the fishery. Oregon has a chance to learn from that experience and get ahead of a new opportunity before problems arise, adds Bingham.

It may be well worth the wait. “I finally tried the barnacles,” she says. “Members of our research team boiled up some goosenecks from the rocks at one of our field sites. I can confirm that they are sweeter than crab with a distinctly salty ocean taste.”

In 2016, Bingham received her undergraduate honors degrees in biology and international studies from Oregon State.

Goosenecks share tidepools at Yachats Smelt Sands beach. (Photo courtesy of Julia Bingham)

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Solar Eclipse 2017

Terra - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:22pm

YOUR COMMUNITY — YOUR ECLIPSE

Did you know that the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse will pass directly over Corvallis?

Please join a town hall meeting to learn about the science of eclipses and have a discussion with civic leaders about this inspiring event.

Where: International Living Learning Center, Room 155, 1701 SW Western Blvd., Oregon State University

When: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Sponsored by: Multiverse at UC Berkeley and Google Making & Science

Questions? Please email multiverse@ssl.berkeley.edu

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Leave a Legacy: Land Conservancy Agreements

Small Farms Events - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:11am
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Craig Harper of SOLC.
Want your land stewardship/management values to continue when you move on to greener pastures? Craig Harper of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy will walk you through the possibilities and processes of this options and share some examples from SOLC.

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Biochar 2016

Gardening Events - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:11am
Monday, August 22, 2016 - Thursday, August 25, 2016 (all day event)

The conference will be held at Oregon State University's CH2MHill Alumni Center August 22nd-25th, 2016.

The conference aims to bring together stakeholders in the applied biochar research community and the private sector to further biochar market development. This event is designed for farmers, foresters, policy makers, biochar producers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Students and interested citizens will also benefit from this event.

For more information, or to register for the event, please see USBI2016.org. Student, Non-profit, and one-day rates are available. Early bird registration closes on July 15th!

Organic Hispanic Farmer Evening

Small Farms Events - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 2:40pm
Monday, August 22, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 22 Agosto de 6 a 7 PM
¡Bienvenidos a la primera reunión para granjeros Hispanos de pequeña escala! Usted participara en
demonstraciones técnicas de métodos para producción orgánica y podrá probar las distintas bayas y
frutas en producción en la parcela certificada para enseñanza orgánica.  El evento es en Español con los siguientes talleres:

Muestreo de suelo y de tejido para manejo de la fertilidad del suelo y nutrición para plantas. Javier Fernandez-Salvador. Oregon State University.

Insumos para producción orgánica y uso de la lista de OMRI. Ana Negrete, Organic Materials Review Institute.


Realidades del manejo de pequeñas fincas: mano de obra, planificación, coordinación, y que hacer con excedentes de la cosecha. Claudia Garcia, Administradora del Proyecto de Bayas Orgánicas.

¿Dónde?
Parcela de Bayas Organicas. Club Organico de OSU.
34306 NE Electric Rd. Corvallis, OR 97333
Para mayor información, contacte a: Javier Fernández-Salvador: javier.f-s@oregonstate.edu 503-373-3766

Welcome to the first Hispanic small farmer evening gathering! You will be able to see demonstrations on
production techniques and taste berry products and fruit from the certified organic teaching parcel. The event will be in Spanish with the following short workshops:

  • Tissue and soil sampling for fertility and plant nutrition management. Javier Fernandez-Salvador.
  • OMRI listed inputs for organic farming. Ana Negrete, Organic Materials Review Institute.
  • Realities of small farm management: labor, planning, coordination and what to do with surplus harvest. Claudia Garcia, Organic Growers Club Berry Project Manager.

Where:
OSU Organic Growers Club Berry Project Parcel
34306 NE Electric Rd. Corvallis, OR 97333
For more information, contact Javier Fernández-Salvador: javier.f-s@oregonstate.edu 503-373-3766

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Lincoln County 2016 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

Forestry Events - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, August 20, 2016 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Neighbor to Neighbor Woods Tour - Nicholas and Megan Dahl, LLC. Nic and Megan are investing in the first generation of a timberland company. They purchased their first property in 2012 and now own three parcels. They will discuss firsthand silvicultural experiences in dealing with economic, social, and environmental challenges restoring unproductive forestland into a new young forest. Tour focus: property history, planning harvest & restoration, use of herbicides and fire controlling brush, working with neighbors, and rebuilding old legacy roads to today's standards.

Registration Required: email oswaevents@gmail.com of (503) 588-1813, Registration deadline has been extended, but please let them know if you are joining by Friday evening.

Benton County OSWA members can ride to this event on the Starker Bus leaving from the Starker office in Philomath. Bus leaves at 7:00 am promptly, contact Gary Springer by email  or call the Starker office at 541-929-2477 to reserve a spot.

Directions; Tour will begin and end at 247 W Hwy 20, Toledo – Large red shop across the street from the Toledo Police Station. Parking available. Coffee and donuts at 8:30 am. Buses will transport participants to woods tour locations and back to shop for lunch.

Tour Sponsors: Oregon Tree Farm System, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, OSWA Lincoln County Chapter, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and OSU Forestry Extension

Tour information contact: Jim James, Executive Director, Oregon Small Woodlands Association Office: (503) 588-1813, Cell: (541) 619-4252 

Linn County Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Forestry Events - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, August 20, 2016 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2016 tour and picnic/potluck will be at Joe and Shirley Holmberg’s property.Save the date and watch for more details.

Possible? You bet!

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:50pm
Probable? Maybe. Making a difference is always possible.

Oxford English Dictionary defines possible as capable of being (may/can exist, be done, or happen). It  defines probable as worthy of acceptance, believable.

Ray Bradbury : “I define science fiction as the art of the possible. Fantasy is the art of the impossible.”

Somebody asked me what was the difference between science fiction and fantasy. Certainly the simple approach is that science fiction deals with the possible (if you can think it, it can happen). Fantasy deals with monsters, fairies, goblins, and other mythical creatures, i.e., majic and majical creatures.

(Disclaimer: I personally believe in majic; much of fantasy deals with magic.) I love the Arthurian legend (it could be fantasy; it has endured for so long it is believable). It is full of majic. I especially like  the Marion Zimmer Bradley book, The Mists of Avalon . (I find the feminist perspective refreshing.)

Is fantasy always impossible as Bradbury suggests, or is it just improbable?  (Do the rules of physics apply?) This takes me back to Bradbury’s quote and evaluation after the minor digression. Bradbury also says that “Science fiction, again, is the history of ideas, and they’re always ideas that work themselves out and become real and happen in the world.” Not unlike evaluation. Evaluation works itself out and becomes real and happens. Usually.

Evaluation and the possible.

Often, I am invited to be the evaluator of record after the program has started. I sigh. Then I have a lot of work to do. I must teach folks that evaluation is not an “add on” activity. I  must also teach the folks how to identify the difference the program made. Then there is the issue of outputs (activities, participants) vs. outcomes (learning, behavior, conditions). Many principal investigators want to count differences pre-post.

Does the “how many” provide a picture of what difference the program made? If you start with no or few participants  and you end with many participants, have you made a difference? Yes, it is possible to count. Counts often meet reporting requirements. They are possible. So is documenting the change in knowledge, behavior, and conditions. It takes more work and more money. It is possible. Will you get to world peace? Probably not. Even if you can think it. World peace may be probable; it may not be possible (at least in my lifetime).

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Hopkins to mark 25 years!

Forestry Events - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:34pm
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Everyone is invited to a public re-dedication of the Hopkins Demonstration Forest. The event will be held on
Saturday, September 17. Tours and displays will be available in the afternoon beginning at 2:00 pm. A re-dedication ceremony at Everett (Forest) Hall will be at 4:00 pm. Details for the program are being developed now. “Save the Date” and plan to join the celebration!

Mike Bondi, one of Forest Forever, Inc. charter Board members and still on the Board, recalls the original dedication of Hopkins in September, 1991. “We gathered in the parking lot. It wasn’t even all graveled, then. There weren’t any buildings. But, we did have a nice new gate with incredible stonework, a very impressive entrance sign, and a beautiful cedar split-rail fence. Almost 200 people came out to support us. I guess more than anything, we had a vision.”

“It’s hard to believe it has already been 25 years,” said Ken Everett, FFI’s Executive Director and the only other charter board member still actively involved. “But, it’s even harder to comprehend all that has occurred at Hopkins over these years—the number of people who have come to our forest for learning, all of the improvements we’ve been able to make, the countless volunteers and hours of service that have been provided, and all of the amazing financial contributors and donors that have made the Hopkins Demonstration Forest a very special place.”

Join the celebration on September 17 to re-live the memories, see the present, and help us think about the future!

Yamhill Small Woodlands Tours

Forestry Events - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 2:34pm
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Two THINNING tours and a MONROE OAK MILL tour

Ken Nygren of Bell Pole has arranged two tours of mechanized thinning in a 30 year old stand:

Tour #2  5:00-7:00pm, TUESDAY August 16th - Same as #1, but WITHOUT processor in action.

Thinning tours REQUIRE guests to wear a HARD HAT and CLOSED TOE SHOES/BOOTS. For thinning tours meet at the Chemeketa Community College parking lot, 288 SE  Norton Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128 (across from the McMinnville Hosp.) to carpool. We will leave the parking lot 15 minutes after the start time of the tour.

Tour #3  9:00am, FRIDAY, August 26th- Monroe Oak Mill tour at 1335 W. Main St., Sheridan.

For mill tour bring HARD HATS, CLOSED TOE SHOES, and EYE & EAR PROTECTION.

For more information, please email Hal and Elin Hagglund at Hal.Elin@gmail.com.

 

Yamhill Small Woodlands Tours

Forestry Events - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, August 15, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Two THINNING tours and a MONROE OAK MILL tour

Ken Nygren of Bell Pole has arranged two tours of mechanized thinning in a 30 year old stand:

Tour #1  2:00-4:00pm, MONDAY August 15th - Watch the processor in action, discuss tree selection, spacing, and pole opportunities in thinning.

Tour #2  5:00-7:00pm, TUESDAY August 16th - Same as #1, but WITHOUT processor in action.

Thinning tours REQUIRE guests to wear a HARD HAT and CLOSED TOE SHOES/BOOTS. For thinning tours meet at the Chemeketa Community College parking lot, 288 SE  Norton Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128 (across from the McMinnville Hosp.) to carpool. We will leave the parking lot 15 minutes after the start time of the tour.

Tour #3  9:00am, FRIDAY, August 26th- Monroe Oak Mill tour at 1335 W. Main St., Sheridan.

For mill tour bring HARD HATS, CLOSED TOE SHOES, and EYE & EAR PROTECTION.

For more information, please email Hal and Elin Hagglund at Hal.Elin@gmail.com.

 

Lane County Tree Farmer of the Year - Woods Tour

Forestry Events - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, August 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

This tour, hosted by Lane County Small Woodlands Association, will provide insight into the management, harvesting, and milling of coastal forests.  Topics will include challenges and losses when managing riparian areas; considering species, terrain, and markets when planning a harvest; thinning Douglas-fir plantations; and milling your own logs with a portable sawmill. 

 

Cost: Free! - Includes coffee and Lunch, but pre-registration is required  

RSVP: Dick Beers - rbeers2606@comcast.net - 541-729-2516 

Community Forestry Days

Forestry Events - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, August 13, 2016 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

This is your chance to learn by doing a variety of projects in a sustainably managed woodland. Volunteers help with all the essential seasonal tasks of managing a working demonstration forest. Learning by doing – it’s the Hopkins way we manage our forest.

August 13: Cleaning and staining outbuildings (pump house, shop, and Hopkins Hall) and resurfacing of trails inthe Native Plant Garden.

Registration is requested.

For more information contact Peter Matzka at peter.matzka@oregonstate.edu