April 2008

April 13th

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.

April 8th

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.

April 3rd

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.

April 2nd

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.