Biochar Workshop, Hosted by Tualatin SWCD

Learn how charred biomass (biochar) can increase soil productivity, reduce wildfire risk, and slow climate change. Biochar consultant Kelpie Wilson will provide a history and science of biochar (Day 1 – Classroom Session) followed by a demonstration of how to make biochar from your burn piles using a simple “flame cap kiln” (Day 2 – Outdoor Session). She will also share methods for using biochar in compost and in animal barns to recover nutrients for use in soil. This free, 2-day workshop is open to anyone curious about biochar, including arborists, foresters, natural resource professionals, farmers, and residents.

This is a free, two-day workshop that includes hands-on activities. You have the option to sign up for just one of the workshop days if that’s what best suits your schedule.

See Additional Details & Register on the Tualatin SWCD Website

October 18 – Day 1 – Classroom Session 9am-2pm

Tualatin SWCD office, 7175 NE Evergreen Parkway, Suite #400

October 19 – Day 2 – Outdoor Session

Fraga Farm, 54655 NW Old Wilson River Rd



OSU Extension Service Event: Dry Farm Field Day at Gowen Farm on Sept 11, 2019

Join OSU Extension Services for an, ‘Intro to Dry Farming Vegetables’ presentation with OSU Dry Farming Project leader, Amy Garrett, followed by a tour of Gowen farm. Darlene Gowen of Gowen Farm has been hosting trials with the OSU Dry Farming Project since 2016 and is involved in multiple research projects this year including site suitability study, fungal inoculant study, potato variety trials, and more. The day will be wrapped up with a debrief from the Marion Polk Food Share and Bill and Carol Sutkus of the Marion County Master Gardeners on their dry farming trials for the past two years and have time for questions and discussion at the end.

Gowen Farm

9040 Old Fort Rd 
Independence OR 97333

Wed, Sep 11, 2019 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Event Cost – Free – Registration required

See Details & Register


Welcome Joel Donnelly, New District Team Member

Joel Donnelly has joined the District as the new Invasive Species Program Manager. Welcome to the team!

Joel is responsible for managing invasive weed control projects across Yamhill County, a county roadside vegetation inventory project and associated Geographic Information System data. His work with the county, landowners and contractors aims to prevent and reduce the economic, environmental and social impacts of noxious weeds throughout the county. Currently, Joel is focusing his control efforts on the following high priority noxious weeds: knotweed, garlic mustard, mouse-ear hawkweed, knapweed, purple loosestrife and garden yellow loosestrife.

Joel received his Bachelor of Science in Conservation & Resource Studies from University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and his Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science from Oregon State University in 2019. Before joining the district, Joel worked for Parks & Open Space at the City of Eugene where he conducted riparian tree inventory mapping. Joel also interned as a GIS Technician with Lane Council of Governments (LCOG). He assisted the LCOG Natural Resources Planning Team with a wetland delineation spatial data automation project.

Contact Joel About: Invasive and Noxious Weed Management.

Phone503-376-7614 Email:

Pesticide Advisory – Intercropping & Pesticide Use

ODA has released a Pesticide Advisory on intercropping and pesticide use. The full advisory is available here: Pesticide Advisory – Intercropping and Pesticide Use

Registration Open for the 3rd annual Miller Woods Trail Race

As with years prior, race proceeds support the MW bathroom building fund.  This year participants can choose the 5k or 10k race.

Both 5k and 10k courses are difficult.  There is significant elevation gain (1000 feet gain for 10k and Approximately 300 for the 5k) on this mix of single track and wider dirt roads.  The course runs through a mix of forested woods and grassy meadows.

Outdoor Education Adventures will be hosting a kids camp from 9:15 to 11:30 for youth 5-12 years of age.  Pre-registration is required.  $10 per youth.

Registration is available at: Miller Woods 5k &10k Trail Race – October 12, 2019

Miller woods needs your help! Saturday June 8th 9am to 11am

Come help us sort and rack plant containers for our Native Plant Nursery

A large group of volunteers will make the job quick and fun. Suitable for ages 8+

The containers are used in our Native Plant nursery to grow out plants for local restoration projects. This is one of our major funding sources for Miller Woods.

Where: Meet in front of the Miller Woods barn

What to bring: Water bottle

Gloves, coffee, water refilling, and light snacks provided

Yamhill County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Yamhill County Solid Waste is hosting a Hazardous Waste Collection Event.

May 18th, 2019
Waste Management
2904 NE Wynooski St.
Newberg, OR

Acceptable Items Include: Any items with the words “CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER, POISON, or HAZARDOUS” on the label.
Also Accepting Medications: Old or new, unused, over the counter or prescription, pet or human, liquid or solid medication.

Please DO NOT bring syringes/sharps, tires, asbestos, ammunition, radioactive materials, or explosives!

Questions – call 503-434-7516

Sponsored by Yamhill County Solid Waste

Click here to view poster.

Native Plant Society of Oregon April/May Events

The Native Plant Society of Oregon has some exciting events coming up in April & May, including the Wildflower Show & Native Plant sale!

Monitoring, Classifying, and Mapping Vegetation in Northwest National Parks

Thursday, April 25, 2019 –  6:45 pm to 8:45 pm

Dr. Mark Huff, who directs long-term ecological monitoring for six Northwest National Parks including Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Parks and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, will provide perspectives and insights on what have we learned studying vegetation in these parks – from old-growth forests to Whitebark pine. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details.

Location: Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. (corner of Highway 99W and SW Second St.), McMinnville. The library parking lot may be entered from either Adams or Second streets. Meetings start at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing.

Work Party: Native Plant Garden at McMinnville Public Library

Saturday, April 27, 2019  – 9 am to 11 am 

Spend a couple hours between 10 and noon with a congenial crew and get to know native plants with our new green plant markers. Learn how the beauty, diversity and educational value of this mature demonstration garden is maintained with a minimum of effort. Bring gloves, bucket and gardening tools if you have them. For more information, contact Catie Anderson at or 503-435-2401.

Location: Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. (corner of Highway 99W and SW Second St.), McMinnville. The library parking lot may be entered from either Adams or Second streets.

Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 25, 2019 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. McMinnville, OR 97128

See flyer for full details!

For questions, or to be added to the Cheahmill Chapter’s email list for reminders of upcoming programs and events, please contact the Cheahmill Chapter President at ch_president@NPSOregon.orgCheck out our Facebook page at Plant Society of Oregon: Cheahmill Chapter.

Yamhill County Master Gardeners 25th Annual Plant Sale

The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service are pleased to announce their 25th Annual Plant Sale!

Saturday May 4th from 9am to 3pm

Sunday May 5th  from 11am to 2pm

Yamhill County Fairgrounds

Located at 2070 NE Lafayette Avenue, McMinnville, OR 97128

Thousands of ornamental and vegetable plants on-sale grown by Master Gardeners!

  • FREE Soil pH testing
  • Plant Help Clinic
  • Plant Selection Assistance
  • Plant information
  • Specialty Vendor Booths

No wagons, strollers or dogs are allowed in the Pavilion but customer assistance will be available.

Proceeds support YCMGA Educational Horticultural Programs in Yamhill

Presented to you by OSU Extension Service and the Yamhill County Master Gardener’s Association. Profits will fund continuing education for Yamhill County residents and college scholarships for Yamhill County high school seniors.

For more information contact the Yamhill County OSU Extension Office by calling 503-434-7517 or online at

See Flyer for Details

Early Seral Biodiversity Science & Management Workshop – June 10 & 11

This workshop is presented by the Forest Biodiversity Research Network.

June 10 & 11, 2019

Located at CH2M Alumni Center, Oregon State University

Register & See Class Details Here

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