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OSU Extension Small Farm School Coming September 15

OSU and Clackamas SWCD will be hosting the popular Small Farm School on September 15from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Workshops will be held at the Oregon City Campus of Clackamas Community College, Moomaw Family Farm in Oregon City and at the OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center. Small Farm School is a daylong event with hands-on and classroom workshops geared towards beginning farmers. Speakers include OSU Extension faculty, farmers, government agencies and other agriculture professionals. Classes include: Farm Business and Record Keeping; Cut Flowers; Growing Cider Apples; Raising Goats; Rotational Grazing and much more. Go to http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/small-farm-school for a full list of classes and to register.

Time to Tanglebox! 2016

Great Family Fun For All Ages!

2016 season is from June 18 – September 18

What is Tangleboxing? It is an outdoor summertime treasure hunt! Follow the clues, find the boxes, record your discoveries and compete for prizes – gather your friends and family and join the fun!

District Conservation Planner Visits Joan Austin Elementary School

Marie Vicksta, district Conservation Planner, was invited to Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg to talk about Soil Health and Erosion. Marie took advantage of the opportunity to share how everything the students came in contact with that morning came from the soil at some point. Her session was followed by Neyssa Hays with Watershed Education Adventures and staff member for the Greater Yamhill Watershed District. She brought out the microscopes, where the students were able to see first-hand the effects of healthy and unhealthy soil. Educating kids at this age is crucial and thank you to Marie and Neyssa for providing valuable information to our future generations!

June 20-26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week has been designated by the U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

“Pollinators bring us the wildflowers of spring, the berries of summer, the pumpkins we carve into jack-o’-lanterns in fall. Our dinner tables would be less enticing without them: approximately three-quarters of crop plant species need a bee or other pollinator, which translates to roughly one-third of the food and drink that we consume. More than 8 in 10 flowering plants rely on a pollinator for reproduction, plants which provide food and shelter for myriad other wildlife.” Mathew Shepherd, Xerces Society Blog.

You can find wonderful resources at www.pollinator.org/pollinatorweek and at www.xerces.org to help pollinators increase in numbers and stay healthy. You can also purchase the book Attracting Native Pollinators by the Xerces Society for $25 at the district office.

Duniway Middle School Students Volunteer at Miller Woods

Thank you Duniway Middle School students for volunteering at Miller Woods June 6, 7 & 8. The kids were divided into groups and were sent out with a volunteer where they engaged in trail work, native plant nursery tasks and weeding projects. So much was accomplished in a short amount of time and we appreciate their dedication and hard work. A big thank you to the Miller Woods volunteers and teachers who came alongside the kids. When you see the new mulch on the trails, the healthy plants in the nursery and the beautiful grounds, you can thank a Duniway student for a job well done!

The perfect weather and hundreds of enthusiastic 5th graders made for a great experience for everyone at the Cruickshank Woodland Tour May 11 and 12. Students from Yamhill county private and public schools along with volunteers, instructors, teachers and Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation district staff were on hand to share a rich outdoor, educational day in the woods.  Dave and Doris Cruickshank and their family have hosted the Cruickshank Woodland School on their Three Oaks Farm since 1961 and have served over 11,000 students. The contribution they have made to our youth cannot be quantified and we appreciate their willingness to contribute to the future of our community in this significant way!

The success of this event is dependent on the instructors and group leaders who willingly volunteer their time to come out and work with the kids. We appreciate each of them so much!

Thank You Volunteers:

Lindah Hagglund
Brian Kotch
Carla Chambers
Jim LeTourneux
Brad Smith
Norvella Koelling
Donna Anessi
Dave Cruickshank

Thank You Instructors:

  • SOIL & WATERSHEDS: Jericho Winters and Thomas Hoskins-USDA/NRCS
  • PLANTS & WILDLIFE: Neyssa Hayes-Watershed Education Adventures
  • FOREST HARVEST & PRODUCTS: Mary Johnson & Jenn Scott- Talk About Trees
  • FOREST MANAGEMENT: Hal, Sam &ElinHagglund and Dennis Werth-OSU Extension Forrester Dept.
  • FIRE PREVENTION & SAFETY: Jeff Cranford & Nancy Law-McMinnville Fire Department and Kevin McLaughlin-Oregon Department of Forestry
  • OUTDOOR BEHAVIOR & SAFETY: Trooper Thomas Rodney-Oregon State Police and Kent Stuart-Yamhill County Sheriff Dept.

 

 

2016 Annual Earth Day Celebration

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

“Thank You” Linfield Serve Day Volunteers

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!

Check Out the Native Plants We Will Be Selling at Earth Day

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/enjoymillerwoods

All-Seasons Approach to Monitoring and Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila Webinar – 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016   •  10 – 11:30 am Pacific time  •  FREE 

Registration required at www.pesticide.org/swd_webinar_2016 or contact Sharon Selvaggio at 503-704-0327 sselvaggio@pesticide.org

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.

A Spanish translation of the webinar will be available online by early summer.

WEBINAR AGENDA:
All-Seasons Approach to Monitoring and Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila  Amy J. Dreves, OSU
  • SWD Identification, Monitoring, and Life Biology
  • Crop Stages and the Non-Crop Landscape  SWD Cycle and Habitat Use by Season
  • Management Tools and Practice by Season

Whole-Farm Revenue Insurance – George Harris, Northwest Farm Credit Services Learn about a crop insurance program that provides a new opportunity for specialty crop and diversified farms to secure coverage

Minimizing Pesticide Risk – Amy J. Dreves, OSU and Sharon Selvaggio, NCAP Learn about minimum residue limit requirements for selected export countries and about required pesticide buffers along salmon-bearing streams

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