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Should I Worry about Heavy Metals in My Garden Soil?

What do we know about heavy metals in soil? What do we know about lead exposure through soil and garden plants? What do we know about cadmium and arsenic in soils? What can I do if I’m at risk for heavy metals in my garden soil?

Jul 2016 | Article

Herbs and Vegetables in Oil - SP50-701

It’s important to keep food safety in mind when storing vegetables (such as garlic, mushrooms, chili peppers) or herbs in oil. These low-acid foods can be a source of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which are found in soil, water, and air. This publication provides recipes and information on safe and proper storage.

Feb 2015 | Publication

Is my flooded garden area safe?

Q: Is it safe to plant a vegetable garden after the area was covered by polluted flood waters for three days? Is it safe to eat existing vegetables (kale, garlic, etc) that survived? Our well tests positive for coliform ...

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Are roadside blackberries safe?

Q: I live next to highway twenty, and perhaps because no one wants to pick on the side of a busy road, but that's where I find the biggest blackberries in town. However, I think the Department of Transportation may spray ...

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OSU’s Seed to Supper program teaches low-budget vegetable gardening

Get going on a garden with five free classes

Kym Pokorny | Feb 27, 2015 | News Story

Taking the Research on the Road: The Future of Oregon's Farmland

Almost two-thirds of Oregon’s agricultural land will be changing hands in the next two decades, but the vast majority of Oregon farmers and ranchers have not formalized plans to pass their land and businesses to the next ...

Nellie McAdams | Oct 2017 | Article

OSU researcher: Climate change may bring global food insecurity, impacts on U.S.

Climate warming threatens to destabilize agriculture systems, triggering food shortages and price hikes

Gail Wells | Dec 7, 2015 | News Story

Changing Lands, Changing Hands: Report From The National Conference

The United States is fortunate to have 50 state “laboratories” with unique programs and policies to sample from. Yet state practitioners seldom have the chance to learn deeply about their peers’ hard-won lessons in order to...

Nellie McAdams | Oct 2017 | Article