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Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 3:35pm
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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Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 3:35pm
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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The Effect of Oregon Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Among Undergraduates

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:41pm
Friday, February 24, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"The Effect of Oregon Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Among Undergraduates"

Harold Bae, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Harold Bae’s research is focused on statistical genetics and Bayesian statistics aimed at developing advanced modeling to understand the genetic basis of complex polygenic traits.

His current research focuses on detection of genetic variants with different inheritance patterns formulated as a Bayesian model selection problem, integrating genetic data and sub-phenotypes of the trait of interest to dissect the genotype-phenotype associations using network models.

Although his work is primarily with genetic data, his research is also applicable to non-genetic data. 

He is currently engaged in collaborative research settings in studies of sickle cell anemia with Dr. Martin Steinberg (Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease Boston Medical Center) and aging and longevity with Dr. Thomas Perls (New England Centenarian Study and Long Life Family Study). 

Harold Bae received his PhD in Biostatistics from Boston University in 2014 and MS in Health Services Research from Dartmouth University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.

The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by:

  • the College Research Office
  • the Hallie Ford Center
  • the Center for Healthy Aging
  • the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods Nutrition and Preventive Health
  • and the Center for Global Health.

This seminar is also sponsored by the Biostatistics Faculty.

The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researchers to present and discuss current research in topics in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning.

Faculty and students from the Division of Health Sciences and other colleges, research centers and institutions are encouraged to participate

Visit CPHHS seminars to see schedule of upcoming seminars and video of past seminars.

Cable Logging Workshop

Forestry Events - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:41pm
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Friday, February 24, 2017 (all day event)

This 4-day workshop covers all phases of cable harvesting, including systems, equipment, and rigging requirements to meet environmental and economic goals.  Strategic planning and system selection are stressed.  Advantages and disadvantages of each system will be discussed.  (Unit planning is covered in the field-oriented UNIT PLANNING & LAYOUT workshop.)  ATTENDEES: harvest planners, loggers, foresters, equipment dealers, engineers, forest technicians, sale layout personnel, contract supervisors, forest sale administrators.


Email:  office@forestengineer.com

Corvallis, Oregon

Your Farm: Growing Success

Small Farms Events - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:41pm
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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Tree seedling supply remains uncertain

Tree Topics - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:42am

Jen Gorski, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, Clackamas County

Oregon forest landowners and Christmas tree growers are having difficulty locating seedlings to buy.

In response, the Oregon Department of Forestry, OSU Extension and other partners are working hard to identify and solve the problems limiting the supply. It’s not an easy fix; many pieces account for the problems and the solutions.

OSU Clackamas County Extension hosted a meeting in January to discuss the seedling supply. Landowners revealed that certain species or stock types are not always available within a year of planting. This presents some uncertain choices and potential compromise. One year plugs may be available in lieu of 1-1 transplants (2 year old seedlings). The 1-1 transplants have a fibrous root system and a track record of success in challenging conditions. However, future survival of one year plugs is uncertain.

This is not an entirely new problem. There has been a perennial issue for those who wish to order fewer than 20,000 seedlings, the minimum contract order for many nurseries. Consequently, the Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association (CCFFA) and some other OSWA chapters provide the opportunity for their members to batch small orders together and order collectively.

There are many reasons for the current seedling supply situation. These include capacity loss during the recession, shifting management practices and demand following fire.

Part of the challenge is this: producing bareroot seedlings (still the industry mainstay) takes over two years of lead time. Nurseries have to supply all the costly resources at the front end: picking the cones or fruit, cleaning the seed, pre-treating then sowing the seed, and growing/transplanting the seedlings. Timber companies are ordering 2+ years ahead. Small forest landowners and Christmas tree growers may need to get used to the idea of ordering that far ahead as well.


Strategies and Resources

Communicate with the ODF and partners working on this issue! Making your concern and any challenges you’ve had finding seedlings known will help focus our joint effort.

In the meantime, here are some resources to work with when looking for seedlings.

The ODF November 2016 publication, Sources of Native Forest Nursery Seedlings,  provides an up-to-date list of regional nurseries who sell seed and seedlings.

Alternatively, Bob McNitt’s Forest Seedling Network,  is a website in which nurseries can list their available stock online that a user can search to find what they need. It showcases a very useful seed zone map in which you locate your planting site, and get your seed zone number with a list of seedling suppliers and their contact info.

A new website has just come online for ordering tree seedlings. It has been developed by Mike Taylor, also the manager of IFA

A bench of Douglas-fir plugs

Nurseries in Canby. Because of the high need for small quantities of seedlings, this website has been created to bundle small orders together to obtain quantities greater than 20,000. Mike is behind-the-curtain, serving a great market need with his expertise. Visit Saplings, Inc.,. One can order now for winter of 2018-2019, and down the road, the system may help connect people to future seedling supplies.

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Grant to fund field trips to marine science center in Newport

Breaking Waves - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 2:24pm

Oregon Sea Grant will receive $3,000 on Feb. 3 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to support field trips to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC).

“This grant will allow up to 30 classrooms from schools with low-income populations in the tribal service area to visit the center and learn about coastal habitats and marine research,” said Kathryn Hawes, the coordinator of Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education program.

The program offers classes and camps for K-12 youths. The activities take place at HMSC, where Oregon Sea Grant’s Visitor Center is located, and in the nearby Yaquina Bay estuary. This program serves approximately 9,000 students each year, Hawes said.

Oregon Sea Grant will allocate the field trip scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to Title 1 schools in the Siletz tribal service area. For more information and to apply, visit http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor-center/webform/2017-scholarship-application.

The grant will be awarded Feb. 3 at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City during a ceremony that begins at 6 p.m.

Photo (above right): Students learn how to dissect a shark in a 2016 camp offered by Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education program, which is based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Oregon Sea Grant has received a grant from the Siletz Tribe that will allow low-income students to participate in similar educational activities at the center. Photo by Hana Laughton.

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New videos show how to maintain sewage disposal facilities for boaters

Breaking Waves - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:10pm

Oregon Sea Grant’s communications team has produced eight videos that teach maintenance staff at marinas and parks how to take care of sewage disposal facilities for recreational boaters.

A need for training was identified after OSG Extension’s boating outreach coordinator, Jenny East, met with staff at various facilities, checked the equipment for wear and tear, and reported her findings to the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB).

Each of the eight videos focuses on a specific topic and can be viewed alone or as part of two longer compilations. The combined video about pumpout stations, for example, provides tips on how to perform weekly, quarterly and annual maintenance tasks; winterize them; and troubleshoot common problems. Another video addresses similar topics but for dump stations for portable toilets.

OSG’s videographer, Vanessa Cholewczynski, shot and edited the videos; OSG managing editor, Rick Cooper, produced the music; and the OSMB provided input on scripts and the overall concept. Funding was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Clean Vessel Act grant program.

(Photo of Jenny East by Vanessa Cholewczynski, Oregon Sea Grant)

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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.


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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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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