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The Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County gives food pantry shoppers healthy recipes that use ingredients that are donated in large quantities and are sometimes unfamiliar to shoppers. The aim is to encourage them to select nutritious food that otherwise might go to waste on pantries' shelves because there's an excess of it or because shoppers don't know how to prepare it. Since 2004, Extension-trained volunteers have distributed hundreds of one-page recipe sheets and 11 editions of recipe booklets at 24 pantries. As part of the program, the volunteers make simple, nutritious dishes from the recipes and then hand out samples at the sites once a month.
The workshop series, which began in January, is helping ranching families prepare good succession plans that anticipate all possible events so that a family's goals for the future of their ranch are achieved. It is sponsored by OSU's Extension Service and Austin Family Business Program, the Oregon's Cattlemen's Association and the USDA Risk Management Agency.
School-age children in Oregon who have a parent deployed in the military now have access to a program that provides support and activities through OSU Extension 4-H.
Lead is a potential hazard in garden soil. A new publication from Oregon State University Extension tells how to evaluate lead hazard in soil and gives steps to safeguard family, friends, neighbors and pets.
The Albany Farmers' Market's move last year from the riverfront area to the City Hall parking lot was made to improve visibility and sales. Research conducted by OSU Extension Service is part of the market's efforts to revive.
The Oregon State University Extension Service plans to survey Oregon beekeepers to find out what diseases and pests are affecting their honeybees amid rising fear that they may be hit by colony collapse disorder, a mysterious phenomenon that has caused losses in colonies throughout the country. The survey, created by Extension entomologist Jim Young, will be mailed to beekeepers in mid-April. The state's farmers are concerned that a shortage of honeybees could make it difficult for their crops to get pollinated.
A program launched by the Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County collects coffee grounds from coffee shops to make compost for gardens. Since 2004, Extension-trained composters have collected almost 200 tons of grounds from coffee shops and kiosks in Eugene, Springfield, Florence, Cottage Grove and Veneta, said Cindy Wise, the coordinator for Extension's Compost Specialist Program in Lane County. Wise said that informal trials by Compost Specialists in Lane County found that coffee grounds helped sustain high temperatures in compost piles, thus reducing potentially dangerous pathogens as well as seeds from weeds and vegetables that were added to the piles.
The public is invited to enjoy free food and live music at the sixth annual Earth Day Hoo Haa on a student-run organic farm on the outskirts of Corvallis on April 22. The festivities, sponsored by Oregon State University's Organic Growers Club, will take place from 3-7 p.m.
Nellie Oehler, who has taught hundreds of Oregonians to preserve food, will retire from the Oregon State University Extension Service on June 30. Oehler, 65, started working for Extension in 1965 in Linn County and is currently a part-time Extension agent in Lane County, specializing in food safety and preservation.
Oregon State University Extension enologist James Osborne will offer a day-long workshop, "When Good Wine Goes Bad – A One-Day Workshop on the Microbial Spoilage of Wine," on Friday, April 25, in Portland.