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Who We Are: Our Beginnings
From the beginning, OSU Extension has helped communities envision a better future and given them the tools to create it. Your great-grandparents might remember the demonstration trains that traveled throughout the state with train cars outfitted to show the latest techniques in food safety and efficient farm management. Your grandparents might remember OSU Extension’s leadership in organizing community relief programs during World War II, such as Victory Gardens, materials recycling, and the Emergency Farm Labor Program. Read more about our history »
OSU Extension's Next Century
Today and every day, OSU Extension reaches people both on site and online to address issues such as community well-being, secure food systems, youth development, and sustainable business. Several thousand Extension-trained, master-level volunteers reach even farther as Master Gardeners, Master Woodland Managers, Master Food Educators, and more.
OSU Extension’s next century will see us reaching out and engaging even more with Oregon communities, as OSU Extension joins OSU Extended Campus in leading OSU’s new designation as a Community Engagement Institution. We look forward to the next 100 years of envisioning our future with the people of Oregon.