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Small Farm School

Small Farms Events - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 2:35pm
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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2016 OSU Extension Land Steward Training

Forestry Events - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:33pm
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Visit our website for details and registration here.

·        -Have land but not sure how to take care of it? 

·        -Need a plan for your property? 

·        -New to the area?

·        -Thinking of purchasing land?

The award winning Land Stewards training helps local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property.  The program incorporates weekly field classes, presentations from natural resource professionals, and the creation of a personalized management plan. This program is great for land owners who want to learn or enhance or develop land management skills as a part of their rural lifestyles. 

The 11-week training covers topics such as wildfire risk reduction, woodland and forest management, natural vegetation and wildlife, rivers and stream ecosystems, pasture management, soils and organic waste, small acreage systems and infrastructure, economics and enterprise on your land, stewardship planning and much more!

Weekly classes will meet at OSU Extension at 569 Hanley Road, Central Point

Wednesday afternoons, September 7th – November 16; 12:00-5:00pm

Decisions. Decisions.

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:24pm
Decisions

How do we make decisions when we think none of the choices are good?  

(Thank you for this thought, Plexus Institute.)

No, I’m not talking about the current political situation in the US. I’m talking about evaluation.

The lead for this email post was “Fixing the frame alters more than the view“.

Art Markman makes this comment (the “how do we make decisions…” comment) here. He says “If you dislike every choice you’ve got, you’ll look for one to reject rather than one to prefer—subtle difference, big consequences.” He based this opinion on research, saying that the rejection mind-set allows us to focus on negative information about options and fixate on the one with the smallest downside.

Rejection mind-set

Evaluation is one area where the evaluator must often choose between the lesser of two evils.

For example, suppose you (the evaluator) gets asked to “retrofit” an evaluation on a program; that retrofit is a happiness questionnaire (you know, how satisfied are the participants with the program delivery).

Now y’all know that the evaluator needs to be included in the planning stages of the program.

Y’all also know that measuring the satisfaction of the participants doesn’t tell you much (if anything).

It certainly doesn’t tell you if a difference was made in learning, behavior, and/or conditions. So what do you do?

Lesser of two options

So what do you do?

Read the research.

Identify the options (even though they are less than desirable).

Make a choice.

See if you can change the frame. See what difference you can make.

Choice

The choice I made in the above situation was to change the frame.

I offered a post then pre approach. This avoids happiness questionnaires (or can). And it can offer a difference made in learning, even if retrofitted. It has the smallest downside.

I don’t like to retrofit an evaluation; sometimes it is the lesser of two evils.

Doing what we can

As Stake says, “We promise more than we can really do.”  As evaluators, we continue to do and in the process improve our programs, policies, and organizations. (thank you M. Justin Miller and Tiffany Smith for these wise words).

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molly.

 

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Oregon Forest Pest Detectors Training

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Oregon Forest Pest Detector training program is designed to help with early identification of exotic forest pests in Oregon, including the emerald ash borer (EAB) and Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). Oregon Forest Pest Detectors are the front line of defense against these potentially high-risk forest pest invasions. We need people who are killed in recognizing the signs and symptoms of EAB and ALB so that we can quickly respond before they become established in Oregon.

The training will teach you how to identify these insects, their hosts, and their signs and symptoms; and what to do if you find an infested tree. This free course is great for anyone who is involved with tree care in urban or natural areas. The training has two parts: a self-paced, online prerequisite course followed by a field workshop.  

CEUs are available for ODA/WSDA pesticide applicators, ISA, SAF, and Master Gardeners/Naturalists.   For a full course schedule and registration visit our website: http://pestdetector.forestry.oregonstate.edu

CROP UP DINNER & Market Showcase

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The event has two main components– a market event beginning at 5:30 pm and a dinner. The market event is simply a mini-farmers’ market with local growers offering part of their harvest and interacting with guests and buyers. Local food companies will also be on hand. ODA and OSU will have educational booths providing handouts and other materials promoting Oregon specialty crops. After the interactions, conversations, and education, it will be time to sit down for a fun and delicious dinner.

Admission is $20 per person. There are 100 tickets available per event. Each ticket provides access to the farmers’ market showcase as well as the full dinner and entertainment for the evening.

Information and Registration:
http://fic.oregonstate.edu/crop-dinner-series-market-showcase-0

Call to Purchase Tickets: Catherine at the Food Innovation Center (503) 872-6680

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The Era of Megafires

Forestry Events - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, September 12, 2016 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us for food, a presentation, and community dialog about wildfire, smoke, and community resiliency with Dr. Paul Hessburg. This will be an entertaining, exciting, and important evening as we in Ashland tackle wildfire’s threat to our way of life, economy, and natural world. Please join us for this free event with a reception at 5:45pm. Please send this invite to anyone interested!

The Era of Mega Fires is a 70-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg. Hessburg is with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, in Wenatchee, WA, and the University of

Washington, Seattle, where he has researched wildfire and landscape ecology for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes. Think Ted X mixed with snappy documentary shorts. Megafires are wildfires over 100,000 acres and are exceptionally destructive to communities, wildlife and our natural spaces.

Poplar for Biofuels

Forestry Events - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, September 12, 2016 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Join us for a tour and lunch! Register at http://goo.gl/forms/h5dO0E0SLfmNhZMH2

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) invites you to join AHB researchers for a day out in the field. We will be visiting AHB’s Jefferson Demonstration Site. The hybrid poplars near Jefferson, Oregon will be showing much of their full re-growth potential as they continue into their third growing season after being initially harvested in the fall of 2013. Lunch included!

As a purpose-grown crop for bioenergy, the poplars highlight their potential as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel and biochemical production in the Willamette Valley.

Community Forestry Days

Forestry Events - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 2:33pm
Saturday, September 10, 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.

September 10: Cleaning and staining of Everett (Forest) Hall, foot bridge maintenance, and preparations forHopkins 25th Anniversary rededication on September 17.

Registration is requested.

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

Native Trees Walk

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, September 8, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Trouble distinguishing White and Black Oaks? Wondering if that huge cedar is an Incense, Port-Orford, or Western red? Love, care, and health of your trees can only be enhanced by learning about what you've got. This seminar with give you all the tricks of the trade to identify the Native tress in Lane County – even the look-alikes! This seminar will also discuss the tree’s life characteristics, so you know how to give your trees what they need to stay healthy. 

HORSES AND MUD

Small Farms Events - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, September 8, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

FLYER  
With winter comes MUD! Learn about mud and manure management, all-weather surface construction, horse health issues, pasture and
grazing management, and more. Although the focus is on horses, much of the information is applicable to a variety of livestock species. Instructors: Angie Boudro, Paul DiMaggio and Clint Nichols. Youth, 12-18 years old are welcome.

REGISTER ON LINE

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Vegetable Variety Field Day

Small Farms Events - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:35pm
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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What to do about those drought-damaged trees?

Tree Topics - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:35pm

By Amy Grotta and Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension

Group mortality of Douglas-fir in May 2015. Douglas-fir beetle was found in all these trees. Photo Kara Shaw

We have certainly experienced some significant drought conditions lately.  Stressed and dying trees are showing up all around the Willamette Valley, with concern that this could lead to beetle outbreaks and still more trees killed.  Is it time to throw in the towel, cut your losses (so to speak) and just salvage everything that is looking poorly?  Maybe, maybe not.  The decision needs to be considered carefully, weighing individual sites and stand conditions along with your objectives for your property.  Anybody considering a salvage harvest needs to look before they leap.

As we’ve discussed several times over the past few years, 2013-2015 were hard drought years and we continue to see the cumulative effects on our trees. Many trees, conifers in particular, have dead tops or have died outright.  Since drought symptoms typically take a season or two to be expressed, what showed up this year is a result of damage from 2015.  So far 2016 is proving to be a more normal year, though it remains to be seen how the fall and winter will play out.  If we continue to get decent rainfall then we should start to see new damage taper off, but it’s too early to tell.

Beetles are a concern and both Extension and ODF have been getting plenty of calls about this.   Yes, bark beetles have been more active in the Valley this year in drought-stressed stands.  We expect this since beetles make their living off of dying trees, and are often seen more as a symptom than a cause of problems.  Having drought stressed trees does not automatically mean bark beetles will come find them.  And there are several types of bark beetles, some more damaging than others.

Reddish frass in bark crevices is a sign of Douglas-fir beetle. Photo: B. Withrow-Robinson

That said, if you have trees that suffered partial damage a year or two ago, and then died completely this year, it is worth taking a closer look on these and surrounding live trees for signs and symptoms of bark beetles such as pitch streams, frass, and fading crowns on live trees. Fact sheets from the Oregon Department of Forestry on the Douglas-fir beetle and the fir engraver will help you.  If you see something of concern you can contact the ODF Forest Health experts or your OSU Extension Agent for help (for backyard trees, call a certified arborist).  Where there are significant numbers of beetles, landowners will be looking to sanitize their stands by removing infested trees before new adults emerge next spring.

This is where you want to exercise caution and be wary of door knockers.

Regrettably there is a history of shady operators approaching landowners telling them one story or another about their trees dying or markets disappearing and encouraging them to harvest trees “before it is too late”.  It is invariably tied to an offer to take care of the problem for them.  Unfortunately, the landscape is littered with stories of folks who have accepted those offers and sold off some timber they had not otherwise intended to sell, often for much less than it was worth.

We are aware of a number of small woodland owners in the Valley having received unsolicited offers to buy their timber as a way to mitigate drought damage. The “buyers” warn of all the trees damaged by drought being killed by beetles and being lost unless harvested, and encouraging people to sell and get some value before everything dies.

Unsolicited offers to buy timber are nothing new to small woodland owners, and we always advise to be wary of them.  But this seems like a time to be particularly cautious.

An unsolicited buyer offering to assess the health of your trees for you is a clear conflict of interest and a definite red flag.  One outcome could be the buyer exaggerating the potential for future loss, thereby convincing you to sell healthy trees you had no intention to log or to accept a lower price for the timber than you’d like (claiming that it’s “better than nothing”).  Have a third party help you evaluate damage and if you think you want to proceed with salvage or sanitation harvest, move ahead as recommended with any harvest and seek bids from different operators.

You should realize that nobody knows the fate of these trees with any certainty.  Drought conditions may be winding down, or may stick around for a while yet.   Both choices – wait and see or do some preemptive salvage – involve risks that you need weigh.  Don’t be driven by speculative claims about the trees dying, and do not panic.  One or two beetle-killed trees in a stand is not an uncommon event and not a certain epidemic in the making.  The decision to salvage needs to be well-timed and well-planned.  Starting the job and then not finishing before beetles emerge in spring, or not properly dealing with slash, can make matters worse instead of better.  Applying pheromone caps is another option to protect healthy trees if beetle-infested material cannot be removed in a timely manner.

So, suppose that you’ve done your homework and decide that salvaging drought-damaged or insect-damaged trees is in your best interest and meets your property objectives.  You still have some due diligence to take care of.  Get bids and ask the logger for references, go see his past jobs and talk with people who worked with him.  Contact ODF to find out if there are any past violations, or the Association of Oregon Loggers for information on their credentials.  Finally, insist on a written contract.  Consult these publications for more guidance: Small Scale Harvesting for Woodland Owners and Contracts for Woodland Owners.

A final note, landowners in Linn, Benton and Lane Counties can sign up receive Emergency Forest Restoration Funds to remove drought-killed trees through the Farm Services Agency.  More info here (scroll down).  Folks in the northern Valley counties can get in touch with their local FSA to check on the availability of funds.

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2016 OSU Extension Land Steward Training

Forestry Events - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Visit our website for details and registration here.

·        -Have land but not sure how to take care of it? 

·        -Need a plan for your property? 

·        -New to the area?

·        -Thinking of purchasing land?

The award winning Land Stewards training helps local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property.  The program incorporates weekly field classes, presentations from natural resource professionals, and the creation of a personalized management plan. This program is great for land owners who want to learn or enhance or develop land management skills as a part of their rural lifestyles. 

The 11-week training covers topics such as wildfire risk reduction, woodland and forest management, natural vegetation and wildlife, rivers and stream ecosystems, pasture management, soils and organic waste, small acreage systems and infrastructure, economics and enterprise on your land, stewardship planning and much more!

Weekly classes will meet at OSU Extension at 569 Hanley Road, Central Point

Wednesday afternoons, September 7th – November 16; 12:00-5:00pm

Land Steward Training Program

Small Farms Events - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Open for Registration!

2016 Land Steward Program
September 7th – November 16

 The Land Stewards Program helps local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through weekly site visits, presentations from natural resource professionals, and the creation of a personalized management plan. The course serves land owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyles.

The 11-week training course provides training for Southern Oregon residents on topics such as wildfire risk reduction, woodland and forest management, encouraging (and controlling) wildlife, stream ecology, pasture management, soils and organic waste, small acreage systems and infrastructure, economics and enterprise on your land, stewardship planning and much more!

Weekly classes meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, at 569 Hanley Road in Central Point on Wednesday afternoons, September 7th – November 16; 12:00-5:00pm. For information email Rachel.werling@oregonstate.edu.

DRAFT 2016 SCHEDULE ( coming soon!)

REGISTRATION 

Registration is not complete until both payment and application are received.  Application can be emailed or snail mailed. 

Early Bird Registration: Applications and payment received BY August 9th save $50.    $150 per person    $225 for couples

Regular registration DEADLINE AUGUST 16th (application and payment)    $200 per person
$275 couples.

Registration information: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/land-steward-program

 

 

 

 

 

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Making a difference? (one more time…)

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:05pm
Making a difference

I wrote a blog about making a difference. Many people have read the original post, recently. And there have been many comments about it and the follow-up posts. Most people have made supportive comments. For example:

  1. “I think you’re on the right track – being consistent about adding fresh content and trying to make it meaningful for your audience.”–Kevin;
  2. “Mr. Schaefer is taking stock of his blog–a good thing to do for a blog that has been posted for a while. So although he lists four innovations, he asks the reader to “…be the judge if it made a difference in your life, your outlook, and your business.”– Ưu điểm của máy lọc nước nano;
  3. “Yes, your posts were made sense and a difference. If you think that your doing able to help others, keep going and do the best.”– Samin Sadat;
  4. “Its refreshing to see an academic even pose the question “does this blog make a difference’. Success for You.”– Raizaldi; and
  5. “You are getting the comments and that eventually means that yes this blog is making a difference out there. Keep the good work up.”– Himanshu.
Less than a supportive comment

Some people have made a less than supportive comment. For example:

  1. Wow this pretty outdated by 2016 standards..any updates to the post?–Dan Tanduro (admittedly, this comment refers to a post I did not link above although linked here); and
Some other comments

Some people have made comments that do not relate to content yet are relevant. For example:

  1. “Hello, I have some knowledge of blogspot, but you can teach how to make the blog more faster and enough to our visits. I Think WordPress is better than blogspot, but is only my opinion…”– John Smith; and
  2.  “It’s interesting how careers cross paths, while I am not directly connected to the world of qualitative research, I have found myself trying to understand and integrate it into my daily workload more and more.” –Steinway
Responses

Making a difference. I will keep writing.  Making a difference needs to be measured. I keep in mind that stories (comments) are data with soul.

Less than a supportive comment. What is outdated? I need specific comments to which to respond, please. Also, the post to which is being referred is from April, 2012…over four years ago.

Some other comments. I can’t teach how to blog faster for I know nothing about blogspot.  I only know a little about WordPress. Stories are data with a soul–important to remember when dealing with qualitative data.

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molly.

 

 

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OSU LeaderShape

Environment Events - Sat, 09/03/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, August 29, 2016 12:00 PM - Saturday, September 3, 2016 12:00 PM
Leadership Academy Pillar: ETHICAL, PURPOSEFUL, INCLUSIVE & COLLABORATIVE (1 each = 4 total credits)

Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI), is offering an exciting opportunity this fall and has agreed to provide a few spots for COE Leadership Academy members.  You are invited to be part of a 6 day, nationally recognized leadership program titled Leadershape (http://www.leadershape.org).  The dates for the retreat would be from August 29 – September 3, 2016 at the B’nai B’rith Camp (www.bbcamp.org) on Devil’s Lake, in Lincoln City, Oregon.  All expenses (food, lodging, travel, materials) will be covered.

Space is limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.  For more info, go to: https://www.leadershape.org/institute

To register go to: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dgl8IULEnhuP1Dn (email Scott Paja at scott.paja@oregonstate.edu after registering).  If selected, there will be more contact throughout the summer for confirmation and specific information provided as we move closer to the departure date.

Prescribed fire on private lands

Forestry Events - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 2:36pm
Friday, September 2, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Join us to learn about planning and implementing prescribed fire on private lands. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet ranchers and woodland owners from Nebraska, Iowa, and Oregon who are using prescribed fire to restore and improve their lands. Field trips both days include visits to recently burned areas.

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

 

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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

 

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