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POLK COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE

Gardening Events - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:07am
Friday, May 12, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

27th Annual Polk County Master Gardeners PLANT SALE!

See the flyer!

Mother's Day Weekend - 2017 at the Polk County Fairgrounds

Friday and Saturday May 12 & 13th 

9am - 4pm

  • Over 15,000 quality plants
  • Our ever popular country store
  • Herbs & native plants
  • Vegetables
  • Perennials & annuals
  • Hanging baskets
  • Ornamental trees & shrubs
  • Tool sharpening, planter boxes & outdoor furniture
  • Plant clinic

 

Curry County MG annual plant sale

Gardening Events - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:07am
Saturday, May 13, 2017 (all day event)

Curry County Master Gardeners' Annual Plant Sale

 

The Curry County Master Gardeners will be having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Gold Beach High School (29516 Ellensburg Ave). For sale are thousands of perennials, succulents, dahlias,, and vegetable plants grown locally by Master Gardeners.  Also being sold is a large selection of succulent planters and fairy gardens that are perfect for Mother’s Day gifts.  Experts will be on hand to answer questions on dahlia planting and care, bee keeping and pollination, butterfly and bat protection, and all aspects of gardens, plants, trees, and insects.

POLK COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE

Gardening Events - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:07am
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

27th Annual Polk County Master Gardeners PLANT SALE!

See the flyer!

Mother's Day Weekend - 2017 at the Polk County Fairgrounds

Friday and Saturday May 12 & 13th 

9am - 4pm

  • Over 15,000 quality plants
  • Our ever popular country store
  • Herbs & native plants
  • Vegetables
  • Perennials & annuals
  • Hanging baskets
  • Ornamental trees & shrubs
  • Tool sharpening, planter boxes & outdoor furniture
  • Plant clinic

 

Curry County annual plant sale

Gardening Events - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:07am
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Curry County Master Gardeners' Annual Plant Sale

 

The Curry County Master Gardeners will be having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Gold Beach High School (29516 Ellensburg Ave). For sale are thousands of perennials, succulents, dahlias,, and vegetable plants grown locally by Master Gardeners.  Also being sold is a large selection of succulent planters and fairy gardens that are perfect for Mother’s Day gifts.  Experts will be on hand to answer questions on dahlia planting and care, bee keeping and pollination, butterfly and bat protection, and all aspects of gardens, plants, trees, and insects.

Lincoln County Master Gardener Spring Garden Sale

Gardening Events - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:07am
Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Spring Garden Sale presented by Lincoln County Extension Master Gardeners

 

With Sea Grant funding, engineering students build ‘portable deep core’ that may improve studies of native mud shrimp

Breaking Waves - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 1:48pm

A parasitic isopod known as Orthione griffenis is decimating mud shrimp populations in coastal estuaries ranging from British Columbia to northern California. Most surviving mud shrimp populations are heavily infested with the parasite, threatening their existence.

“From Bamfield, Canada, down to Morro Bay, California, the native mud shrimp, Upogebia pugettensis, are either gone or the populations are severely depressed,” said John Chapman, an Oregon State University invasive species specialist who works out of OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Mud shrimp are valuable prey for birds, fish and other animals in estuaries, and some ecologists believe they have provided a steady food source for ocean-bound juvenile coho and Chinook. Mud shrimp are also important to the ecology of estuaries: each day during their feeding, they may filter as much as 80 percent of the estuary’s intertidal water.

Studying the shrimp, which can burrow to depths of two meters, involves extracting them with quantitative sampling devices. These devices traditionally have been either handheld cores and shovels, which can damage the shrimp beds, or a “yabby” pump, which sucks up only medium-sized and large shrimp and is not quantitative. Neither method is reliable for quantifying the most important reproductive sizes, and both often damage shrimp in the process of collecting them.

The solution? Create a new device that’s not only long enough to reach the deepest shrimp, but gentle enough to bring them to the surface unharmed — and also simple enough to allow for rapid, inexpensive sampling by just a few researchers.

Engineering student Cade Burch demonstrates his team’s “portable deep core.” (Photo by Rick Cooper)

To develop the device — a “portable deep core” — Chapman enlisted the assistance of OSU Engineering professors John Parmigiani and Sharon LaRoux, who would oversee the student design teams* and participate in the field testing and implementation. Chapman and Parmigiani also secured $9,000 in funding from Oregon Sea Grant, to help defray materials costs and other expenses.

Between January and May 2017, three student teams, each working on a different design, researched, planned, designed, built and tested the components of their respective devices, and on May 19 they unveiled the working prototypes at OSU’s Undergraduate Engineering Expo. “Each of the three designs will be evaluated and combined over the summer by a graduate student into a single, final prototype,” said Parmigiani.

According to Chapman, the newly designed deep core “will, for the first time, give us access to the entire range of burrowing shrimp populations, and let us gather the information we need to help slow or reverse the mud shrimp’s decline.”

*Design teams
205a: Cade Burch, Eric Beebe, Omar Alkhaldi
205b: Patrick Finn, Jacob Garrison, Connor Churchill
205c: Zachary Gerard, Evan Leal, Derrick Purcell

Additional reporting by Mark Floyd, OSU News and Research Communications

 

 

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Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 1:44pm

We participate in the Oregon State U Food Science Camp for middle school students.

Part of the STEM [science technology engineering math] Academies@OSU Camps.

We teach about bread fermentations, yeast converting sugars to CO2 and ethanol, lactobacillus converting sugar to lactic and acetic acids, how the gluten in wheat can form films to trap the gas and  allow the dough to rise. On the way we teach about flour composition, bread ingredients and their chemical functionalities, hydration, the relationships between enzymes and substrates [amylases on starch to produce maltose for the fermentation organisms]; gluten development, the gas laws and CO2′s declining solubility in the aqueous phase during baking which expands the gas bubbles and leads to the oven spring at the beginning of baking; and the effect of pH on Maillard browning using soft pretzels that they get to shape themselves..

All this is illustrated by hands on [in] activities: they experience the hydration and the increasing cohesiveness of the dough as they mix it with their own hands, they see their own hand mixed dough taken through to well-risen bread. They get to experience dough/gluten development in a different context with the pasta extruder, and more and more.

A great way to introduce kids to the relevance of science to their day to day lives: in our case chemistry physics biochemistry and biology in cereal food processing.

We were also fortunate to have Erik Fooladi from Volda University College in Norway to observe the fun: http://www.fooducation.org/

If you have not read his blog and you like what we do here: you should!

 

endless pasta

 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Good Cheese, Bad Cheese

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:25pm

pH, colloidal calcium phosphate, aging, proteolysis, emulsification or its loss and their interactions lead to optimum melting qualities for cheeses. A module in this year’s food systems chemistry class.

This module was informed by this beautiful article “The beauty of milk at high magnification“ by Miloslav Kalab, which is available on the Royal Microscopical Society website.

http://www.rms.org.uk/Resources/Royal%20Microscopical%20Society/infocus/Images/TheBeautyOfMilk.pdf

Of course accompanied by real sourdough wholegrain bread baked in out own research bakery.

Inspired by…

“The Science of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

by: Jennifer Kimmel

in: The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food and Cooking

Edited by Cesar Vega, Job Ubbink, and Erik van der Linden

 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

February 2011- Nutrition Education Volunteers taking “vacation”

Family Food Educators of Central Oregon - Tue, 02/01/2011 - 9:24am

I’m back from maternity leave and getting resettled into some new responsibilities.  We had a staff member leave us, so Glenda and I are having to pick up the work load until we find someone new, or our responsibilites change.  Being a new mom is lots of work too, so I’ve gone part time (24 hours aweek) but am still trying to get everything done… that being said, we’ve decided to put our nutrition education volunteering on hold, until I have a managable workload.

We look forward to being able to start things back up in the summer or fall of 2011.  Thanks so much and since a few of you have been asking, here’s a photo of our boy.  He is 5 months old today!

Bundled out in the cold!

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