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Small Farms Events - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 2:35pm
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Gardening Events - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:07am
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 - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:07am
Monday, January 2, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:07am
Thursday, January 5, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Online Master Gardener Course Begins

Gardening Events - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:07am
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.

Benton Chapter OSWA 2017 Annual Meeting

Forestry Events - Sat, 01/28/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 28, 2017 (all day event)

Please plan on joining us for a fun and informative event. Speakers: Sara Robinson, OSU will speak about her research on spalting wood, woodworking projects and woodturning, and Francisca Belart, the new OSU Extension timber harvesting specialist. Door prizes will be provided by area suppliers. 

Date: Saturday, January 28th

Location: Beazell Memorial Forest facility, north of Wren on Hwy 223.

Time: starts at noon with a catered lunch.

Cost: $15 per person at the door.

RSVP with name and phone by email, or call the OSU Extension office at 541-766-6750.

EcoFarm Conference

Small Farms Events - Sat, 01/28/2017 - 2:35pm
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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Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 2:37pm
Friday, January 27, 2017 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM

What do current struggles in Palestine have in common with Syrian refugees, Standing Rock, and Tibet? A panel session featuring College of Public Health and Human Sciences Dean Javier Nieto and students Mohammed al-Astal, Sal Bortcos and Meghan Fitzgerald. Dr. Chunhuei Chi will facilitate a discussion of the impact of displacement on health around the globe and the unique example of Palestine.

Engaging Communities to Address Latino Disparities

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 2:37pm
Friday, January 27, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Engaging Communities to Address Latino Disparities" India Ornelas, PhD, Research Director, Latino Health Research Center, University of Washington

India J. Ornelas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. She teaches in the MPH program and is the faculty lead for the Health Behavior and Social Determinants of Health area of emphasis in the PhD Program. She serves as the Research Director for the Latino Center for Health and the Faculty Champion of Diversity for the School of Public Health.

Her research focuses on understanding how social and cultural factors influence the health of Latino and American Indian communities. She also collaborates with communities to develop and test culturally relevant interventions in the areas of mental health, substance use and cancer prevention.
The college-wide research seminar is co-sponsored by the College Research Office, the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, the Center for Healthy Aging Research, the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Food, Nutrition and Preventive Health, and the Center for Global Health.

This seminar is also sponsored by the OSU Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement.

The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and other researchers to present and discuss current research in public health and human sciences 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 a list of upcoming seminars and watch past seminars.

Forestry Tax and Ownership Presentation series

Forestry Events - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Please join Benton Chapter of OSWA and OSU Extension a lecture presented by Tamara Cushing, Ph.D., Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry, Asst. Professor and Extension Specialist in Forest Economics, Management and Policy at OSU.

Date: Thursday Jan. 26th

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Location: Benton County Sunset Buildling, OSU Extension Meeting Room, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis. Please park at rear of the building and use the back building entrance. 

RSVP required, these talks are free but have limited space.  RSVP with name and phone by email, or call the OSU Extension office at 541-766-6750.

Tree Seed and Seedling Supply for Forest Landowners and Christmas Tree Growers

Forestry Events - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

If you intend to plant trees after a timber harvest, replant your Christmas tree farm, or establish a new forest, this session will help you plan for obtaining tree seedlings. There have been reductions in availability of seed and seedlings due to increasing demand and also changes in the forest tree nursery business. Understand the big picture of supply limitations, learn how you can overcome scarcity in the short term and how to best provide for your seedling needs over the long term.

Presenters: Glenn Ahrens and Jen Gorski, OSU Extension Forestry and Natural Resources will provide local background information. Mike Taylor of IFA Nurseries will guide us through a new online system for ordering trees. Stan Beyer, Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association’s Seedling Sale Manager will provide information about sourcing seedlings through their program.

Registration is requested. Please call Jean Bremer at (503) 655-8631 or email: jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu.

For more information, please contact Jen Gorski at (503) 655-8684 or email: Jennifer.gorski@oregonstate.edu.

Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:44pm

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 - 12:25pm

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 - 8:24am

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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