History - Nathanial Coe brought to the Hood River Valley the first fruit trees in 1854 when he arrived to establish Oregon's first post offices and mail routes.
In 1876, E.L. Smith planted the first commercial orchard, 30 acres of apples (Newtown Pippins and Spitzenburg) and peaches. In time, apples became the dominant crop.
In 1919 the Hood River Valley had a disastrous freeze that killed many apple trees. With that, growers began planting pear trees to replace the apples. Today pears are the major commerical crop grown in the valley. In recent years more sweet cherry trees and vineyards have increased in acreage.
Pesticide License Recertification, March 2, Hood River
Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers two pesticide license recertification courses on March 2 at the Hood River campus.
Worker Protection Standard meets from 8:30 - 12:30. Participants receive 4 core credits. Hazard Communication meets from 1:00-5:00. Participants receive 3 credits.
The workshops are free. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541.506.6011, or online at www.cgcc.edu.
Mid-Columbia Soils Workshop - March 16th, The Gorge Discovery Center - more information to follow
Links of Interest
2016 Pear Packers Meeting
2017 Mid-Columbia Spray Guide - large file
Oregon Small Farms - This OSU Extension Service website provides university research-based information and publications for commerical farmers, beginning farmers, as well as small acreage landowners. There is information on current events in the Pacific Northwest, as well as on livestock, pastures, crops, soils, marketing, technical reports and links to upcoming conferences and workshops.
Hood River AgriMet Weather Station - Weather Data