Polk County

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Cultivating Healthy Farms, Forests, Food and Families in Polk County since 1918

We work with you to build a healthy, vibrant county. We provide education for every stage of life.  We support health and wellness for people, families and communities. We encourage healthy natural spaces.  We enhance farming methods, home gardening skills and access to healthy food.

We’re partnering with people in every county and helping them thrive every day — just as we have done for more than 100 years.

Services we are ready to help you with:

  • Pressure canner gauge testing
  • Gardening questions
  • 4-H Youth programs
  • Small Farms, pasture, seed certification
  • ALL of our faculty and staff are here for you!


Polk County vaccine eligibility and information

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Visitor information

COVID-19 Notice - We are still open by appointment and eager to answer your questions! 

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Upcoming events

Jan 25 - Mar 29
Feb 1 - Dec 1
Feb 9 - Mar 4
Mar 1 - Mar 14

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8:00 am - 8:00 pm PST Online

What we do

Discover ways to learn and get involved. Here are some highlights of our activities and specialties.

Family Health and Nutrition

The Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program is helping individuals, families and communities achieve healthy outcomes. Our county faculty are located in the communities we serve, allowing us to achieve these outcomes.

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Home Garden, Landscape and Master Gardeners

We provide research-based information for backyard gardeners and green industry professionals, including regional specific information.

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Mid-Willamette Valley Small Farms Program

The Mid-Valley Small Farms Program serves commercial small farm entrepreneurs as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. Our focus embraces both organic/biological and conventional farming systems.

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Youth Activities

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.

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Forestry and Natural Resources

Our agents and specialists share knowledge about the latest techniques in natural resource management through educational programs and materials. We work with forest owners, foresters and other natural resource managers, educators ...

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News and impact

Extension foresters note trend in redwood plantings, plan needs assessment

As landowners in western Oregon start to plant redwood trees more frequently, OSU Extension foresters plan a survey to determine why the tall trees have become popular.

Kym Pokorny | Jan 26, 2021 | News story

Veterans explore farming as possible career in OSU Extension Small Farms online programs

All of the Small Farms programing was forced online after the pandemic arrived, including two innovative programs to help veterans learn about farming and see if it is a good fit.

Kym Pokorny | Nov 23, 2020 | News story

Grant seeks to make college more accessible to Oregon's Indigenous youth

The project will focus on outreach to pre-college Indigenous youth to improve access and understanding of steps toward college entry and tuition and remove systematic barriers to community college and university completion.

Adrian Gallo | Oct 13, 2020 | News story

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