August 2008

August 27th

Economists at Oregon State University have discovered that remoteness is the main cause of disparities between U.S. communities that flourish and those that do not. But access to natural amenities can offset the degree to which remoteness matters to people as they locate to rural communities. As companies consider their options when planning a move, they may be taking cues from these findings, which were reported in an article coauthored by OSU economists JunJie Wu and Munisamy Gopinath, and published in the May issue of <i>American Journal of Agricultural Economics</i>.

August 19th

The public is invited to learn about growing 38 varieties of table grapes during an Oregon State University Extension Service field seminar Saturday, Sept. 13, at Broadacres Nursery in Hubbard, Ore. The table grape field seminar is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the nursery.

August 18th

The Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Tilth will teach a 57-hour course in organic gardening in the Portland area from Oct. 2 to Dec. 6. The two are the main developers of the course, which is being offered for the first time in the state. Classes will be held at Portland State University, Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego, Sunnyside Environmental School, and the Learning Gardens Laboratory. Students in OSU's Department of Horticulture and PSU's Graduate School of Education can take the course for credit. Other members of the public can enroll but not for credit.