New Bilingual Nursery Training

Luisa Santamaria, faculty, North Willamette Research and Extension
Luisa Santamaria, faculty, North Willamette Research and Extension
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There is growing interest within the nursery industry to train the Spanish speaking workforce on plant health topics. Faculty at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora has developed a series of bilingual workshops about diseases caused by Phytophthora spp (multiple species) as well as the best management practices for nursery production.

The main goal is to offer the workshops twice a month; one in English and one in Spanish. This continual training process along with hands-on experience has the support of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Grower Assistant Inspection Program, which is represented by various nurseries and multiple levels of management.

"This training opportunity engages the Hispanic audience," says Luisa Santamaria, nursery plant pathologist at NWREC. "I will continue my effort to provide new training opportunities for the nursery industry in Oregon and target our Spanish-speaking workforce."

Check for new events for this program at or contact Luisa Santamaia by email.