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Organic Cherry Pruning Workshop

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

In this workshop you will learn the basics of tree fruit pruning, special details for organic orchards, sanitation, pruner safety and specific considerations for cherry pruning.

Instructors: Scott Robins & Javier Fernandez-Salvador 

Practical demonstration adn field practice will be available - Bring your pruning tools!

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Your Farm: Growing Success

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Friday, February 24, 2017 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Taught by Atina Diffley, a nationally known farmer & wholesale development expert. Hosted by Thrive and FamilyFarmed. The event is hosted by Thrive Family Farmed and OSU Extension Small Farms.

This workshop will help you decide which markets are right for your farm, how to develop your business plan, and will cover crop planning to meet market needs and maximize profits, postharvest handling, sorting and packing for wholesale markets, and designing your packing shed. This workshop is designed to increase the profitability of small-scale, diversified produce farmers. 

Registration includes a copy of Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety, Selling, Postharvest Handling, and Packing Produce, a light lunch, snacks, and hot beverages.

REGISTER ON LINE (preferred):  https://apps.ideal-logic.com/osuextension?key=F3T9-25VWY_K9KH-5PTF_2d5df9c2

Questions about the workshop, please call THRIVE at 541-488-7884 or email: wholesalethrive@gmail.com

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BASIC FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Instructor: David Mostue, farmer & equipment guru.
This class offers an introduction to farm equipment maintenance and repair including: 1) an overview of how small gas engines and larger gas and diesel engines run.  2) Proper fluid levels & fluid change schedules.  3) Basic maintenance and tuning.  4) Identifying and troubleshooting problems.  5)  Fixing /customizing all types of farm equipment.  6) How to tell when you can fix a problem yourself & when you need to call in an expert or haul your tractor to town. Call 541-776-7371 or (preferred) REGISTER ON LINE: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms


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EXPLORING THE SMALL FARM DREAM

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Monday, March 6, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday evenings March 6, 13, and 20.
This three-session course provides an excellent framework to help new farmers assess their skills and interests, learn the realities of farm business ownership, and become connected to local resources. The aim is to help those thinking about small-scale commercial farming learn what it will take to start and manage a farm business, and decide whether that is something they really want to pursue.
Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarmDream
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Tracking and Using Cost of Production Information

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Thursday, March 9, 2017 (all day event)

Knowing your costs of production is critical for making informed business decisions about pricing, crop mix, market channel mix, scale, production practices, capital investments and more. The Cost Study Program is a project developed through a partnership between OSU’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, and Oregon Tilth that supports farmers with data tracking needed to determine crop specific costs and with using this information for business decision-making. During this workshop, participants will learn about how the Cost Study Program works and how farmer participants in the 2016 Cost Study Program tracked data, crunched their numbers, and are using the results from this analysis for decision-making focused on improving farm profitability.

Registration will open soon!

For more information visit: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events

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ADVANCED FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Instructor: David Mostue, farmer & equipment guru.
Enrollment limited to 8. Basic Farm Equipment a pre-requisite. Small class size will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on skills with maintenance and repair of small gas engines and larger gas and diesel engines; tractor implements customization; and basic welding. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own equipment projects to work on. Project scope will be limited by class length.Discuss project ideas with David at the end of the basic class.
Register: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms

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BASIC FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Instructor: David Mostue, farmer & equipment guru.
This class offers an introduction to farm equipment maintenance and repair including:

*An overview of how small gas engines and larger gas and diesel engines run.
*Proper fluid levels & fluid change schedules.
*Basic maintenance and tuning.
*Identifying and troubleshooting problems.
*Fixing /customizing all types of farm equipment.

How to tell when you can fix a problem yourself & when you need to call in an expert or haul your tractor to town. Read about Advanced Farm Equipment class on March 11 & 18...
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POULTRY MANAGEMENT for LARGER FLOCKS

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Demand for local eggs and poultry meat is hot, but how does one manage larger flocks of birds? Dr. James Hermes, poultry specialist with Oregon State University, will present this class with a focus on breed selection, poultry health and disease, feeding and nutrition and economics. His current research is in alternative feeds for small flocks and pastured organic and free-range poultry production.

Instructor: James Hermes, Ph.D., OSU Poultry Specialist

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EXPLORING THE SMALL FARM DREAM

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Monday, March 6, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Mondays, March 6, 13 and 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
This three-session course provides an excellent framework to help new farmers assess their skills and interests, learn the realities of farm business ownership, and become connected to local resources. The aim is to help those thinking about small-scale commercial farming learn what it will take to start and manage a farm business, and decide whether that is something they really want to pursue.
Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarmDream

 

 

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ADVANCED FARM EQUIPMENT

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Two Saturdays, March 11 and March 18.
Instructor: David Mostue, farmer & equipment guru.
Enrollment limited to 8. Basic Farm Equipment a pre-requisite. Small class size will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on skills with maintenance and repair of small gas engines and larger gas and diesel engines; tractor implements customization; and basic welding. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own equipment projects to work on. Project scope will be limited by class length.Discuss project ideas with David at the end of the basic class.
Register: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms
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Northwest Horse Fair & Expo

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Friday, March 24, 2017 - Sunday, March 26, 2017 (all day event)

The Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2017, presented by Akins Trailer Sales, will celebrate the spirit of the horse, featuring fancy dancing horses, spell-binding equine entertainment, first-class clinicians, dynamic demos, and a huge trade show, providing wholesome family fun for horse lovers of all ages!

Now in it’s eighteenth year, the expo will kick off Thursday evening March 23, with the first round of a brand new event: the Mustang Adoption Challenge 2017, presented by Teens & Oregon Mustangs. Then the “mane event” gets into full swing, running three full days: March 24, 25 and 26, with an array of equine performances, entertainment and education, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon.

More information & tickets available here: http://equinepromotions.net/northwest-horse-fair/event-details/

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The Agritourism Summit for Marion and Polk Counties

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
 The Oregon Garden| Orchid Ballroom | 895 W. Main Street, SILVERTON   An education and networking event for farm direct marketers and other agritourism operators. Designed for all sizes and types of farms, woodlands, nurseries, wineries, food processors and botanical gardens. The Summit will feature training in Farm Direct Marketing and Other Agritourism practices. Sessions: l Trends & Markets l Safety & Liability for Farm Visits l Land Use Laws and Regulations l Models of Success l Effective Marketing Speakers represent: UVM and OSU Extension Services, Polk and Marion County Community Planning Divisions, and Travel Salem. Lodging special rate: Room night rate of $89 +tax for Feb. 27 and 28. Deadline to receive this price is January 27.      Dr. Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension is keynote speaker and author of Food, Farms and Community: Exploring Food Systems. $18 per person and includes catered lunch. Paid garden admission is not required to attend. Summit attendees will receive discounted garden admission after the event if they wish a self-guided tour. Please register by February 24 to: http://bit.ly/MarionAgritourism, 503-588-5301 or by email: agritourism@oregonstate.edu
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The Agritourism Summit for Marion and Polk Counties

4-H Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
 The Oregon Garden| Orchid Ballroom | 895 W. Main Street, SILVERTON   An education and networking event for farm direct marketers and other agritourism operators. Designed for all sizes and types of farms, woodlands, nurseries, wineries, food processors and botanical gardens. The Summit will feature training in Farm Direct Marketing and Other Agritourism practices. Sessions: l Trends & Markets l Safety & Liability for Farm Visits l Land Use Laws and Regulations l Models of Success l Effective Marketing Speakers represent: UVM and OSU Extension Services, Polk and Marion County Community Planning Divisions, and Travel Salem. Lodging special rate: Room night rate of $89 +tax for Feb. 27 and 28. Deadline to receive this price is January 27.      Dr. Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension is keynote speaker and author of Food, Farms and Community: Exploring Food Systems. $18 per person and includes catered lunch. Paid garden admission is not required to attend. Summit attendees will receive discounted garden admission after the event if they wish a self-guided tour. Please register by February 24 to: http://bit.ly/MarionAgritourism, 503-588-5301 or by email: agritourism@oregonstate.edu

MASON BEES-BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LEARN ABOUT MASON BEES AS IMPORTANT POLLINATORS, AND BUILD A SPECIAL HOUSE FOR THEM TO TAKE HOME TO YOUR GARDEN.

PLEASE PRE PAY AND REGISTER ONLINE AT:http://bit.ly/JacksonMG2017

$15.00 IF PAID AT THE DOOR.
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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FOOD FOREST

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 4 min ago
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A FOOD FOREST IS A TECHNIQUE WHICH MIMICS A WOODLAND ECOSYSTEM BY SUBMITTING EDIBLE TREES. SHRUBS, PERENNIALS AND ANNUALS.

PLEASE PRE PAY AND REGISTER ONLINE AT:http://bit.ly/JacksonMG2017

$15.00 IF PAID AT THE DOOR.
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CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 11 hours 38 min ago
Thursday, February 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 11 hours 38 min ago
Monday, February 6, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Polk County Master Gardener Meeting and Program

Gardening Events - 11 hours 38 min ago
Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All are welcome to join the Polk County Master Gardeners on February 9, in Dallas. Our program will feature Paul Ries, OSU/ODF discussing how to recognize and prevent hazard trees in our yards, gardens and communities. The Chapter will hold its meeting following the presentation and break.

 

How to Recognize and Prevent Hazard Trees

 

Paul Ries teaches online urban forestry and arboriculture courses as a faculty member and extension specialist in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, and manages the statewide urban forestry program for the Oregon Department of Forestry. He has worked as a public information officer on wildfires, as a city forester in Cincinnati Ohio, and as executive director of a non-profit professional society. He holds BS and MS degrees in Natural Resources and has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1988.  He has over 30 years of experience helping people understand tree risk and tree hazards.


In this presentation, Paul will help us understand how to recognize and prevent hazard trees.  The trees around our homes and in our city landscapes are valuable assets providing a myriad of services like clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, and even increased property values. But if we don't keep our trees healthy, they can become liabilities and cause damage to people and property. In this session, you'll learn how to recognize when a tree is becoming hazardous, and how to prevent hazard trees from happening in the first place.

 

Public Welcome – Door Prizes

 

Insights into Gardening

Gardening Events - 11 hours 38 min ago
Saturday, February 11, 2017 (all day event)

What: Insights into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, new to the area or an Oregon native, you will find plenty of practical, research-based ideas to make your gardening easier, more enjoyable, and more successful.  And . . . new this year!  A series of basic gardening classes appropriate for any gardeners but particularly for newbies.  (Check out the Gardening 101 strand in the program.)

And More: 20+ garden-related exhibitors, raffle prizes, and on-site Grass Roots gardening book sales

 

Please join us for an educational and fun day! 

Please check http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights for more details and registration information.  

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Gardening Events - 11 hours 38 min ago
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Professor emeritus, Ross Penhallegon has more than 50 years of orchard management experience—come learn from the best! Classes will be held rain or shine, so dress weather appropriate. There will be an opportunity for a hands-on activity after the workshops, so bring your gloves and pruners. Please register for one of the following classes. To register by phone call 541-967-3871. You may register online at http://tinyurl.com/jj57qsv, or drop by the Benton or Linn County OSU Extension Service office 
4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis (Benton)
33630 McFarland Rd, Tangent (Linn)