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Cider & Perry Orcharding

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 13 min ago
Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM

Back by popular demand, NABC offers a workshop tailor made for the Orchardist wanting to grow cider & Perry fruit in marine climates. Gary Moulton, local Pomologist & Orchardist, will take you throught everything you need to know at this one-day workshop, addressing the critical issues for marine climate orcharding of these specalty fruits. Topics include:

  • Cider & Perry Varietals (discussion, sampling)
  • Soil Fertility and Amendmants
  • Planning, Planting & Orchard Layout
  • Rootstock, Irrigation, Harvest Methods
  • Pest Control
  • Grafting
  • Pruning, Training & Fruit Thinning

If you have unidentified fruit from your orchard, please feel free to bring a sample for indentification.

Workshop Registration Fee: $95.00

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Register online at: www.agbizcenter.org (Classes & Workshops) 

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Small Farms Events - 4 hours 13 min ago
Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



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Small Farms Events - 4 hours 13 min ago
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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EcoFarm Conference

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 13 min ago
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Saturday, January 28, 2017 (all day event)
The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) presents the 37th annual EcoFarm Conference January 25 - 28, 2017 in Pacific Grove, CA. As the oldest and largest organic farming event in the West, EcoFarm is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators - featuring over 70 workshops, keynote speakers, discussion groups, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and delicious organic meals. To learn more and to register, visit www.eco-farm.org/conference.
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Rural Living Basics

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 13 min ago
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM

This class is designed for rural residents to learn the basics of groundwater, water wells, and septic systems. Learn steps to protect the health of your family, neighbors, animals, your property investment, and the safety of groundwater resources.

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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Gardening Events - 12 hours 47 min ago
Wednesday, January 25, 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)

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 12 hours 47 min ago
Monday, January 2, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 12 hours 47 min ago
Thursday, January 5, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Online Master Gardener Course Begins

Gardening Events - 12 hours 47 min ago
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 PM
The online Master Gardener course is being revised, and will relaunch in January of 2017.  Register now to secure your spot.  Space is limited.  Visit OSU Professional and Continuing Education for more information.

Forests and Forestry in Lane County

Forestry Events - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
“Forests and Forestry in Lane County”


Hopkins Community Forest Day

Forestry Events - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 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.

January 14 – Various projects are on the agenda. Make sure you have clothing appropriate for the weather.

Registration is requested. A delicious hot lunch is provided at Community Forestry Days. Contact Jean at
503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu to get on the list.

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

Logs to Lumber to Living

Forestry Events - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Building on your respective woodlands consists of a number of things you need to consider:  Permits, material costs, design features, amenities, access/liability.  We will show you a start-to-finish cabin project that was recently completed.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

4-H Events - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:15 AM - 3:00 PM
MLK Jr. Day of Service is about coming together to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy and help further his dream for peace by serving our neighbors and strengthening our communities. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, builds bridges, breaks down barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of strong, beloved communities. Projects will take place at various times, all starting in the morning. A light breakfast, and hot lunch will be provided to volunteers by the Community and Cultural Food Program. Check in will be located in the MU Horizon Room 49, and transportation to all projects will be provided.

Logs to Lumber to Living

Forestry Events - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 2:37pm
Friday, January 13, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Building on your respective woodlans consists of a number of things you need to consider: permits, material costs, desigh features, amenities, access/liability.  We will show you a start-to-finish cabin project that was recently completed.

Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

Forestry Events - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - Thursday, January 12, 2017 (all day event)

The RVCC Annual Meeting connects practitioners from across the West, facilitates peer-to-peer learning, and helps participants identify common challenges and opportunities.

Check back soon for registration details, http://www.ruralvoicescoalition.org/annual-meeting/

North Willamette Horticulture Society Annual Meeting

Small Farms Events - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - Thursday, January 12, 2017 (all day event)

The North Willamette Horticulture Society is a group of farmers, Extension agents and other agricultural professionals. Every January we host our three-day annual meeting which includes an Organic Crops Section, Vegetable Section and Berry Section. The meeting also features exhibitor booths with information from leading suppliers.

The 62nd Annual North Willamette Horticulture Society Meeting will be held at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby.

~~ Tuesday, January 10 – Organic Crops Section ~~

~~ Wednesday, January 11 – Vegetable Section ~~

~~ Thursday, January 12 – Berry Section ~~

For more information registration forms please visit: http://nwhortsoc.com/

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Living with Large Predators: Bears, Cougars and Wolves

Forestry Events - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 6:15am
Thursday, January 12, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bears interested in your garbage cans or orchards? Curious about our wolves? District Biologist Mark Vargas will discuss population trends and management of select large predators living in Oregon and issues that arise when our growing human population overlaps with predators. Learn about current laws and suggestions to help individuals and communities live with large predators.

Presenter Mark Vargas is the District Wildlife Biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rogue Watershed. Mark graduated from Oregon State University and began his career 30 years ago with ODFW. A Rogue Valley native, Mark moved back to manage the Denman Wildlife Area in 1996 and became the District Wildlife Biologist in 2001. Mark and his wife, Kerry, live on a small ranch in Medford Oregon and raised two sons and a daughter.

Registration required!

Getting work done in the woods: hiring a chemical applicator

Tree Topics - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:43pm

Brad Withrow-Robinson, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent, Benton, Linn and Polk Counties.

Many landowners depend on professional operators to help get things done on their property.  This includes weed control. Finding the right person for the job is important. The process starts with knowing what you are looking for.

Good weed control is a boon to seedling survival

Like most forestry management practices, weed control is actually a mix of different activities. Depending on what you know and can do yourself, hiring a chemical applicator means you are actually looking to hire a mix of knowledge and skill, equipment and labor.

It is important to get this right. Otherwise you may waste money or injure your trees.  Worse still, it could mean causing damage to the environment or a neighbors’ crops, either of which would create a liability issue for you.

So how do you go about selecting the right chemical applicator for you? In conversations with some forestry professionals and landowners recently, it all boiled down to communicating about needs and expectations.  Here are some key questions and things to discuss before hiring a chemical applicator to work on your property.

Questions to ask potential providers:

What are your qualifications?

Before you hire anyone to apply chemicals, you want to know that they are qualified to do the job well, legally, safely and will not

create a liability for you. Here are some specific things to talk about:

  • Ask to see their commercial and/or consulting applicators license and proof of business insurance. Are they current?
  • Ask about their forestry application experience. Who have they worked for? What types of application have they done?
  • Ask about their familiarity with ODF forest practice rules for spraying buffers, weather restrictions, record keeping, and using restricted herbicides such as atrazine.
  • Are they up to speed on training their workers about the new worker protection standards?
  • Are they qualified to develop spray prescriptions? 

What services do you provide?

 It is important that you be clear about the services you are looking for so you can determine if the operator has the knowledge,

Herbicides applied to cut surfaces (here with marker dye) is an effective way to control many shrubs and stump sprouts.

equipment and staff needed for your job.

Specific herbicides are used in many different situations such as site preparation (before) or release (after planting) to control both leafy and woody plants. It can be done in different ways including broadcast spray, spot or directed spray, “hack and squirt” or stump treatment and using different tools such as backpack, vehicle mounted sprayers or squirt bottle.  The right combination and approach

(generally referred to as the “prescription”) depends on the season, type of weed and crop tree species.

  • Clarify what parts of the job you are doing yourself and what you are hiring for – developing the prescription, doing the application, or maybe both. Does that match their qualifications?
  • What types of application can they do and what equipment do they use?
  • Who will provide the chemicals for the job?
  • Who will submit the “Notice of Operation” to the Oregon Department of Forestry for the application? You or them?

How will work be done?

  • Ask about their workforce (number and size of crews). What experience and certification does the foreman overseeing your job have?
  • Will they be able to get your job done in the timeframe that it needs to be sprayed?
  • What photos or maps do they need from you to make sure they and their crew understand exactly where to spray?
  • Will the operator provide you with official chemical application records in a timely manner? These include specific chemicals, location and rates at which they were applied, information on weather conditions during application, etc.


How will I be charged for your services?

There are a variety of ways to work this out. It is important that you communicate expectations and reach a clear agreement up front.

Herbicide damage to seedlings and other non-targets should be avoided.

Shop around for bids and check references.

  • Ask how they charge. Itemized by time, travel and materials, or by the acre?
  • Ask about billing and when is payment due.
  • Do they guarantee their work? Will they come back and fix something if it isn’t done right? How will you determine satisfactory service?
  • Get an estimate for the job.

 Where to look for a chemical applicator

The list of qualified chemical applicators in an area is constantly changing. Here are some ways to find potential operators.

  • Your local landowner association!
    • Ask other landowners who they use and any issues they have had to deal with.
  • Ask a neighboring industrial forester if they could share contacts for applicators they use
  • State Department of Forestry and Extension offices
    • Although they cannot make specific recommendations, both may be able to provide a list of applicators in your area.

There you have it, my short list of questions to think about before calling potential spray operators and some things to discuss when talking to them. I hope it is helpful.  Did I miss something important that you have learned?  Let me know.

My thanks to Jeff Classen (ODF), Shaney Emerson (Helena Chemical), Rita Adams (Benton County landowner) and the others who shared their ideas on this.

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Winter Term Classes Begin

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:14pm
Monday, January 9, 2017 (all day event)
Welcome back!

5 ways to abuse your tree seedlings (and how to avoid them)

Tree Topics - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 2:24pm

By Amy Grotta, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension – Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties

Tree planting season is upon us. Once the deep freeze departs western Oregon woodland owners will be heading out, shovels and seedlings in hand, to plant the next generation of forests.  The saying “green side up” implies that tree planting isn’t rocket science; but inevitably, come late summer some people will return their planting sites to find that their trees didn’t fare so well.  Weather and other uncontrollable factors cause seedling mortality some years more than others.  But, it’s also easy to unintentionally harm your trees before they even get in the ground. So before you go to a seedling sale this year to pick up a few trees, here are some common cases of seedling abuse and how to avoid perpetrating them.

A balmy sunny day might entice you outdoors, but it’s not ideal weather for tree planting.

#1: Heating them up. Transporting trees in the heated cab of your vehicle, leaving the seedling bags in a place that receives direct sunlight, or too close to a heat source are all ways seedlings can quickly heat up and become stressed. Consider bringing along a large cooler, some bags of ice, or some other type of insulating material to the sale. Once home, store the seedlings outside in deep shade or along a north wall or unheated overhang, but also not exposed to sub-freezing temperatures.

#2: Drying them out. Exposing the roots to drying air is another no-no.  This can happen if you leave the planting bag open, or if you take seedlings out of their bag and carry them around the planting site without their roots protected.  Misting the roots with a spray bottle or dipping them in water when transferring them from one container to another is a good practice.  Cover the roots with something moist in whatever container you are using to carry seedlings from one planting spot to the next.

#3: Drowning them. On the other hand, don’t leave the seedlings in a bucket of water. They’re not cut flowers!

#4: Waiting too long. Trees undergo a pulse of root growth in the winter before budbreak and shoot growth begins in the spring. If you plant too late in the season, you will have missed that root growth window and your newly planted seedling will grow lots of new foliage without enough root mass to support its water needs. Plant as soon as possible after your site is prepared and in good condition for planting.

At the end of the first summer post-planting, without any vegetation management

#5: Neglect. If you’re relying on non-chemical weed control, you’ll want to revisit your site for the first maintenance sooner than you think, or you may not be able to find your seedlings! Time your herbicide treatments carefully during the first year  to optimize weed response and minimize damage to seedlings. Consult the Forestry chapter of the PNW Weed Management Handbook for guidance.

Now, I’m expecting someone to respond to this article telling me about the time they got behind schedule and planted the only seedlings they could get their hands on in the middle of May after they had sat neglected behind the barn for three weeks, and then they didn’t get around to spraying that year and lo and behold, they all survived and are doing great!  (It’s like those of us that were kids before the 1980’s, without being strapped into car seats or bike helmets!)  I’ve heard stories like this before. And with some luck, this could happen to you. But why take chances? Treat the next generation of your forest as you would the next generation of your family, and at least you’ll have the peace of mind that you’ve done everything you could to get them off to a good start in life.

For more tips on successful tree planting, refer to The Care and Planting of Tree Seedlings on Your Woodland or the even more thorough Guide to Reforestation in Oregon.

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