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  • Scholarship Opportunity, August 
  • Orchard Workshop Recap
  • Winter Veggie Workshop Recap
  • Small Farm School - Registration Open, Sept. 12
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Scholarship Opportunity Ends Aug. 31

Scholarships for farmer trainings

A limited number of scholarships (up to $150 each) are available to beginning and established farmers and farm-workers in Tillamook County to reimburse the cost of attending trainings related to the agricultural production of vegetables, fruit, flowers, herbs, ornamentals, mushrooms and other horticultural crops.  

"Trainings" can be workshops, classes, conferences etc held locally or elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

To qualify for this scholarship:
1) The training opportunity must be on a subject of horticultural crop production or marketing.
2) Your farming activities take place in the Tillamook County area.
3) Your NET income (individual, not household) must be less than $50,000 per year.

To apply: Fill out the short online application form (click here).
More information: See the scholarship section of the North Coast Grown webpage
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Designing a Home Orchard - workshop recap

Instructor: Anita Azarenko, of OSU and La Mancha Ranch & Orchard
Alder Creek Farm in Nehalem was a lovely setting for this workshop. We had 28 in attendance, some of whom traveled from as far as Neskowin to the South and Astoria to the North. The “indoor” presentation was held in the open-air barn so the lively exchange of questions and answers was occasionally complimented by the chirping of barn swallows. 

Visit the Workshop Handouts webpage to view the Orchard workshop Resource List, and Notes from the presentation. Presentation slides (pdf) available by request.

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Fall & Winter Veggie - workshop recap

Instructor: Chris Konieczka, Clackamas Community College

"Should I plant my fall vegetables later this year since it has been so hot?" asked a student at the beginning of the workshop. Chris Konieczka replied, "From my farming experience, I'd say don't try to predict the weather." and suggested using the recommended planting times presented in his powerpoint presentation and handouts as a starting point for a good chance of success.

Chris went on to explain about various considerations for fall and winter vegetable production and encouraged students to try new things and experiment. He also emphasized the value of record keeping, whether it's jotting down notes on the garden stake with a morning cup of coffee, or an organized computer spreadsheet. Plan ahead for your Thanksgiving meal Chris suggested, use this information to have fresh produce from your garden when you want it.

Visit the Workshop Handout webpage to view the Winter Veggie workshop Presentation Slides, Handouts and suggested resources.

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Small Farm School - registration open

September 12, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City
Registration (required) is Now Open

Small Farm School is a full day event with hands-on and classroom workshops for beginning farmers and small acreage rural landowners.

27 Sessions to choose from (workshop schedule and descriptions here) including the following:
  • Small engine basics, Instructor: Matt Zacher, Canby Rental & Equipment
  • Dryland Vegetable Farming, and Irrigating Vegetables (full day series), Instructor: Amy Garrett, OSU Small Farms Extension
  • Record keeping for farm tax purposes, Instructor: Kellee Boyer, Blackthorn Bookkeeping
  • Blueberry production series (full day series of classes), Multiple instructors
  • On-farm veterinary care, Instructor: Jennifer Willey, DVM
  • Composting on your farm, Instructor: Nick Andrews, OSU Small Farms Extension
  • Rotational grazing and pasture management, Instructor: Gene Pirelli, OSU Extension
Location: Clairmont Hall, 19600 Molalla Ave, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City
Cost: Before September 1st $75/person; Sept. 1-7 $85/person
Registration: Pre-registration required by Sept. 7
More information: Workshop schedule of 9 concurrent sessions to choose from
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Upcoming Events

Small Farm School
September 12, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City
Advanced registration required.

Small Scale Equipment Field Day
September 22, Oak Creek Center for Urban Agriculture, Corvallis

Practical Introduction to Cheesemaking Short Course
October 6-8, 2015, OSU Campus, Corvallis, 9 am - 5 pm
Joy Jones, 4-H & Agriculture Agent
OSU Extension Service
2204 Fourth Street
Tillamook, OR 97141

Emily Vollmer, North Coast Grown project
Food Roots
1906 3rd Street, Suite B
Tillamook, OR 97141
Food Roots and the OSU Extension Service in Tillamook County have created this email list to announce educational events and opportunities of interest our local farms and food related businesses. To view archived issues online click here.