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Is a dog latrine a bad place to grow vegetables?

Q: I'm very concerned about the health hazards of eating food grown in the beds where a dog has pooped. At this point, I could build a fence around the whole garden to stop any further damage, but I'm wondering about the ...

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My pears have rust, what can I do?

Q: Last year crop was a total failure due to this. This year I have gently removed close to 6 small fruit starts. I just found some leaves on the pear with these spores. I have been treating the soil and the tree with...

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How the Rogue Valley became famous for pears

The Rogue Valley growers were pioneers in pear production, growing over 24 varieties and setting quality standards in packing pears. The Rogue Valley was the first and largest red pear growing region in the Pacific Northwest in...

Jul 2007 | Article

Farmers' markets growing in popularity but not all succeed

Almost half of all new farmers' markets close within, or after, their first year of operation according to a new study from Oregon State University.

Jul 23, 2007 | News Story

How to Remove Poison Oak Plants and Treat a Rash

Poison oak plants contain a chemical that causes a severe rash. Learn how to spot a plant, safely remove, and clean your clothes, gear and skin afterward to prevent a rash.

Jun 2010 | Article

Enhancing the Success of Northwest Farmer's Markets

Farmers’ markets in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States are experiencing exceptional popularity with consumers and growth in numbers. This report examines the conditions associated with success and failure of ...

Garry Stephenson, Larry Lev, Linda Brewer | Nov 2006 | Article