Photo by Dr. Clive Kaiser

What we do

Extension faculty, staff, and trained volunteers work alongside local partners to provide educational workshops, activities, and services tailored to the unique industries, natural resources, and people in our communities.

Oregon State University's land grant mission drives us to conduct research and share research-based education to improve economic vitality and promote personal and environmental health.

Highlights

Commercial Horticulture

The northeast tip of Umatilla County is blessed with a variety of fruit crops, wine grapes, and vegetables. The Valley is commonly referred to as a “banana belt” and has a more moderate climate than most of the Pacific Northwest. This means that the area produces superlative fruit and vegetables sooner than the rest of Oregon and Washington, giving it a distinct marketing advantage.

Umatilla County Extension, Milton-Freewater

Programs offered

  • 4-H Umatilla County: 4-H empowers young people with hands-on learning experiences to help them grow and thrive. By creating a safe and welcoming environment, young people develop the skills needed to make a positive impact on the world around them.
  • Family and Community Educators: Each year OSU Extension Family and Community Health faculty develop lessons for Oregon Association for Family and Community Education groups and others who deliver community education through a "train-the-trainer" model.
  • Home Food Safety and Preservation Program: Food safety and preservation resources and classes, provided through the Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health, ensures Oregonians have access to the most reliable information available. It is critical that those who prepare food and practice preserving and processing foods at home have access to research-based information on safe food handling. Many of the county offices offer food preservation programs and workshops, including our Master Food Preserver program.
  • Nutrition Education and Outreach Programs: The OSU Extension Service Nutrition Education and Outreach Programs are a part of the Family and Community Health Program and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). These...
  • Open Campus: OSU Open Campus, a community-based education partnership convened by Oregon State University, provides local access to learning in order to address the unique educational needs of Oregon’s communities. Through a statewide network of Open Campus education coordinators, working in partnership with community colleges, regional economic development groups, the K-12 education systems, business ...
  • Outdoor School: This is an exciting time for Oregon and for Oregon’s 5th and 6th grade students as OSU Extension works in collaboration with schools, partners, and communities to support and grow the statewide Outdoor School program, building on a legacy that began in 1966.
  • Umatilla County Master Gardeners: Umatilla County Master Gardener Association (UCMGA) The UCMGA meets the second Monday of the month September through June. Social at 5:30PM Education Presentation 6:00PM Business Meeting 7:00PM