Thank You & Goodbye to Mary King

Mary King retired from the District on December 31, after 4-1/2 years as the office assistant and volunteer coordinator. In addition to her volunteer
duties and office support, Mary assisted with District event planning, and took minutes for board meetings. She also led production of the District newsletter, annual report, and other publications and outreach materials.

Mary plans to stay active and will enjoy having time to pursue hobbies, volunteer, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

We thank Mary for her service and wish her well!


2019 Growing Farms – Successful Whole Farm Management Course Series

Serious about farming? Come and learn how to navigate the biological, financial, and human aspects of small-scale farming.

2019 Hybrid Course

Growing Farms hybrid course is designed for beginning specialty crop & livestock farmers in their first five years of business. 

Students will develop a whole farm plan. Resource binder is included. Course consists of six-online modules, three classroom sessions and a field trip.

2019 Hybrid Class Dates & Location

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 pm

Jan. 22, Feb 5, Feb 19 (all day tour), March 5

Marion-Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm  |  Winema Place NE, Salem, OR

Cost & Registration Details

$200 per person

Farm partner discount available

Includes discounted registration for OSU Small Farms Conference (Feb 23)

Additional scholarships may be available  |  Contact Victoria Binning at 503-373-3774 or

See Flyer for more details.

2019 Growing Farms Flyer

FREE Native Woody Plant Propagation Workshop January 15

Join Marion County Master Gardeners’ Association for a Native Woody Plant Propagation Workshop at the Willamette Heritage Center (Mission Mill) on January 15, 2019. The workshop will be held in the Dye House, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 


Sponsored by Marion County Master Gardeners and Oregon State University Extension Services


Speakers include Amy Bartow and Annie Young-Mathews. The workshop will cover:

  • Choosing the best propagation techniques for native trees and shrubs (cuttings, bare-root, seed, and containers)
  • Identifying Winter Twigs with a demonstration and hands-on activity to identify 12 common native species
  • Propagating from Cuttings – collection, and planting techniques
  • Propagating from Seed – collection, overcoming dormancy, and planting techniques
  • Selecting plants including common native Willamette Valley riparian and upland trees and shrubs


2nd Annual Miller Woods 10k Trail Race Raises Over $4000

The 2nd Annual Miller Woods 10k Trail Race was held on October 18. This year’s race had ideal weather and blue skies. The race was co-organized by local charity, the Give A Little Foundation. The event generated $4262 which was split evenly between Miller Woods and the Foundation. In addition to the race, Neyssa Hays from Outdoor Education Adventures, hosted an outdoor science camp for kids 5-12 years of age.

A total of 100 racers signed up for the event, with 88 racers finishing the challenging 6.2 mile course with just under 1,000 feet of elevation gain. T-shirts were designed and purchased by Solid Form Fabrication of McMinnville. Community Plate donated and delivered a variety of fresh pastries. Additional sponsors included A-1 Logging, Atticus Hotel, Coastal Mountain Springs, Ooh La Latte and Oregon Oncology Specialists.

Brian Bernier (photo) finished first again in the men’s division and Stephanie Crawford (photo) completed the race first in the woman’s division.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came together to make this such a successful race!

Check Out the Photos from the Annual Dinner on November 7

The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District’s (district) 65th Annual Dinner Meeting included gourmet food from the Rogue Gourmet Catering Co, special recognition to award winners and a very distinguished guest speaker that kept guests enthralled! The district was very fortunate to have a presentation from the Director of Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University (OSU), Dr. Philip Mote. He is also the director of Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at OSU.

Check out the wonderful photos taken by Amanda Greene!


Conservation Award Winners Recognized At Annual Dinner Meeting

The 2018 Conservation Award Winners were recognized at the Annual Dinner Meeting on November 7 at the McMinnville Community Center. Winners were selected based on their commitment and dedication to natural resource conservation including land, air, water, wildlife and/or relevant protection practices, exchanges or education to achieve results in these areas.  Congratulations and thank you for your efforts to the following recipients.



GEORGE OTTE CONSERVATION LANDOWNER  |  Super Natural Farm – Sarah Lynch & Matt Willis (unable to attend presentation)                                 


Miller Woods Awarded Grant from Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund

Miller Woods was awarded a $3,100 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund. The grant, submitted by Miller Woods volunteer Rick Thomas, will provide panels and materials for interpretive and educational signage along the trails.  Design and layout of the signs will be contributed by local volunteers.

Rick Thomas was on hand to receive the check at a reception on November 2 at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

Thank you to the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and to Rick Thomas for submitting the grant on behalf of the Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District.

Photo: Rick Thomas and Sonya Wilkerson, Miller Woods Property Manager, hold check.


Free Disposal of unused or outdated pesticides, including surfactants and adjuvants

Materials Not Accepted: Fertilizers, solvents, other non-pesticide materials, and any pesticide materials not included on submitted registration form

Pre-registration required by December 7th.

Forms available at your local SWCD, OSU Extension Office, Wilco, Valley Agronomics, or online at

For technical assistance or more information, please contact: Nicole Anderson, OSU Extension at (503) 553-9922 or email

Date:    Friday, December 14, 2018

Time:   You will be assigned a time when you register

Valley Agronomics Center in Whiteson  |   1400 S Hwy 99W   McMinnville


Registration forms available online at


Native Plants: Companion Plantings for Urban Gardens

The Marion County Master Gardeners and Marion SWCD are sponsoring a FREE class that will discuss companion plantings of native plants for the urban garden. Focus will be on how to incorporate pollinator friendly species into various types of  plantings areas.

Speaker: Paul Stormo, Owner of Champoeg Nursery

Saturday, November 3

10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem

Pre-registration is required. Register online at

Event Registration

Preparing for Winter on Horse Properties

Join Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District and Alayne Blickle, Horses for Clean Water, for a FREE WORKSHOP about managing mud, manure, and pastures – along with horse health.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

9:00 am to 3:00 pm


Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District

7175 NE Evergreen Parkway #400, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Lunch provided!

Registration required. Sign up at

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