Two Popular Authors Will Sign Books at the Native Plant Sale

Eileen Stark, author of Real Gardens Grow Natives, will be joining us again on Thursday, February 4 from 10:30 am to Noon, to answer questions and sign copies of her book. Eileen is a landscape designer and consultant who specializes in developing wildlife habitat gardens.  Visit Eileen’s webpage at www.realgardensgrownatives.com to learn more about Eileen and gardening with native plants.

Kristin Ohlson from Portland, will be signing her new book The Soil Will Save Us on Saturday, February 6 from Noon – 2:00 pm Kristin was a 2015 finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and was the winner of the 2015 Books for a Better Life (Green Category).  Her book focuses on how scientists, farmers, and foodies are healing the soil to save the planet.  For more information about Kristin go to www.kristinohlson.com.

 

Winter Farming Series offered by the OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program – 2016

Are you interested in exploring whether winter production would be a good addition to your farm business? There are several crops that can be harvested during the winter months in Oregon. This class series will cover the basics of winter production including season extension tips and tools, planting dates and varietal selection that you will need to get started in winter production. We’ll also walk you through the process of keeping records to track production costs and analyzing whether winter production can be a profitable enterprise for your farm.

You’ll have a chance to visit with farmers that are experienced with winter production to get perspectives from the field. Our goal is to support you with testing out winter production on your farm to determine whether it is a feasible enterprise for your operation. Classes are spread out over a whole year and timed so that you can apply what you learn for your winter plantings in 2016.

Class Schedule

  • Winter Farming Tour – January 20, 2016 from 9 – 4 pm
  • Winter Crop Planning and Marketing – February 10, 2016 from 6 – 8:30 pm
  • Winter Vegetable Field Day and Season Extension Structures – March 9, 2016 from 1 – 5:30 pm
  • Recordkeeping for Profitability Analysis – July 6, 2016 from 6 – 8:30 pm
  • Winter Farm Enterprise Profitability Analysis – January 25, 2017 from 6-8:30 pm

Registration fee is $120 for 5 sessions.

To view a detailed agenda or to register visit our website http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/southern-willamette-valley-program/winter-farming

Classes will meet at the Polk County Extension Office (289 E Ellendale Ave Suite 301, Dallas, OR 97338) or at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Road Aurora, OR 97002)

Contact Amy Garrett to determine if this class is right for you or call 541-766-3556.