A BIG shout-out to the wonderful partners that helped make Earth Day a smashing success including, Head Start of Yamhill County; Chemeketa Americorps Volunteers; Linfield Student Volunteers; Greater Yamhill Watershed Council and Watershed Education Adventures, Karen Hoyt and her Birds of Prey, Tom Brewster and his bird box station, and many, many wonderful volunteers.
This year's annual Earth Day Celebration gave adults and children alike the opportunity to explore and reconnect with nature through a variety of hands-on experiences. During Karen Hoyt's popular presentation, guests were captivated by an up close and personal view of birds of prey. For those brave enough to hold creepy crawlies, there were snakes and salamanders ready to say 'Hello!' Many guests purchased native plants and built bird boxes to take home as a reminder to continue celebrating our Earth every day.
Thank you to Charles Hillestad for taking these amazing photos
We had nine wonderful young women from Linfield College volunteer at our Earth Day Event at Miller Woods. Thank you Hannah Ellsworth and Linfield College for thinking of us!
More photos and details on the Earth Day Event coming soon.
In preparation of our annual Earth Day Celebration this Saturday, we are highlighting a Plant of the Day on our Miller Woods Facebook page. Each plant will be available for purchase onApril 16 from 10am – 2pm.
Today’s plant is Yarrow. It is a hardy perennial with fern-like leaves growing from 4 to 36 inches. The tiny white to pale pink blooms flower from mid-spring to mid-fall. Yarrow thrives in almost any situation and can become invasive. It can be used as a lawn substitute and can be mowed to form a soft carpet. It grows in full sun and slightly moist to dry soils. It is an excellent plant for butterflies and is deer resistant!
To see all the featured plants we will be selling, go to www.facebook.com/
Sonya is no stranger to the district as she has been a dedicated volunteer at Miller Woods since 2006. Recognized at the District’s 2014 Annual Dinner for her service, Sonya has contributed over 5000 volunteer hours.
Born and raised near Orlando, Florida Sonya has made Oregon her home since 2003. She loves the mild weather, being surrounded by trees and seeing mountains in the distance. An avid outdoor adventurer she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, cooking and reading.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Her career includes working with runaway and homeless teens in California and later working in finance and office administration at OHSU in Portland.
After her many years of dedicated service, she feels right at home as the Miller Woods Property Manager. Sonya can be reached by email@example.com or calling the district office at 503-472-6403.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 • 10 – 11:30 am Pacific time • FREE
Soft fruit growers: Attend to add monitoring, prevention, and cultural methods to your management plan!
The webinar will be organized by each of the four seasons, demonstrating what’s happening in the life cycle of SWD, and effective techniques to monitor and reduce populations.
Dr. Amy Dreves (Oregon State University, Assistant Professor & Sr. Researcher, IPM Research, Extension and Education Entomologist) will be presenting.
The district would like to express a big THANK YOU to Ken Kupperman, Director of Vineyard Operations for Jackson Family Wines, for offering to send his crew to work in our Native Plant Nursery at Miller Woods. The timing was perfect as the district needed help planting their bare root plants into pots for the “grow out” process. Jackson Family Wines owns and operates the Gran Moraine Winery and volunteerism is an integral part of their company mission. And after having the group volunteer for two full days for us, we have to agree with Ken’s assessment. He told us his crew did not consist of good workers, it consists of GREAT workers! That was evident by how much they got done in two days and their dedication to serve their community. Thank you again to everyone who volunteered. You can visit their website at http://www.granmoraine.com.
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.
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.
- 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.
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)