Heidi Noordijk

Small Farms Coordinator

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Heidi joined the OSU Extension Metro-area Small Farms Program in 2012. She coordinates educations events for beginning and small-scale farmers, manages the NWREC Learning Farm, and participates in on-farm research projects. Heidi has a BS in Horticulture from Michigan State University and over 20 years of experience working in agriculture; on orchards, vegetable farms, University research labs and in Extension education.   Heidi has a BS Heidi’s areas of interest include: small-scale fruit and vegetable production, integrated pest management and beginning farmer education. She is an apple fanatic and enjoys exposing people to new varieties.

Content by Heidi Noordijk

OSU Mechanical Cultivation Field Day a Major Success!

Oct 2018
Weed management consistently ranks as a high priority topic for organic vegetable growers, and yet most are not taking full advantage of the best cultivation tools available. When properly used, precision cultivation tools can quickly pay for themselves in labor savings. We received a two-year mini-grant from the USDA Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program ...

By Clare Sullivan, Heidi Noordijk, Nick Andrews | Article

First Annual Small Farm School

Jun 2013
Aspiring farmers, students and small acreage land owners came up the hill to Clackamas Community College on Saturday, September 8, 2012, with notebooks in hand eager to soak up practical small farm knowledge. The sun was shining in Oregon City making for a wonderful day at the first annual Small Farm School. Individuals came from 13 different counties in Oregon as well as...

By Heidi Noordijk | Article

What’s up in the North Willamette Valley Small Farms Program this Season?

Jul 2014
Vegetable degree-day modeling, variety trials, composting workshops, and small-scale farming are going to keep the Small Farms Program in the North Willamette Valley busy this season. CROPTIME is a vegetable degree-day modeling project. Development rates of vegetables along with many other plants, insects and fungi are strongly temperature dependent. we are developing temperature based ...

By Heidi Noordijk | Article

4th Annual Small Farm School Recap

Dec 2015
Eager learners, knowledgeable instructors, patient livestock and sunny skies were the key ingredients to a successful day for small farmers in Clackamas County. The 4th Annual Small Farm School had a record setting attendance of over 250 participants. Commercial farmers, small acreage landowners, students and agricultural professionals came together on Saturday, September 12 to build on...

By Heidi Noordijk | Article

Croptime: Scheduling Vegetables with Degree-Day Models

Mar 2016
Endothermic “warm blooded” organisms like birds and mammals maintain relatively constant body temperatures, so their metabolic reactions and development rates are fairly consistent over time. However, body temperatures of ectothermic “cold blooded” organisms (i.e. plants, insects, fungi and bacteria) are close to ambient temperature, so their rates of metabolism and development rates ...

By Nick Andrews, Heidi Noordijk | Article

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