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Local events and classes
  • Botany and Pruning class, Feb. 17
  • Coastal Farmer Retreat, Feb. 20-22
  • Soil Sampling workshop, Feb. 23
  • Brassica Black Leg disease field meeting Feb. 12
  • Fruit Tree Pruning, Feb. 18

Local events and classes

Botany and Pruning - Master Gardener class
9:30 to 4:30 Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Morning class 9:30 to 12:30: Botany – Barb Casteel, retired teacher and Master Gardener volunteer, will teach about basic botany for gardeners.
Afternoon class 1:30 to 4:30: Pruning – Neil Bell, OSU Extension faculty from Marion County, will teach about pruning ornamental plants.
Location: TBCC conference room, 4301 Third St, Tillamook
Cost: $30 for partial or whole day
RSVP: OSU Extension at 503-842-3433
Presented by:

Coastal Farmer Retreat
5:00pm Friday to 11:00am Sunday, February 20-22, 2015.

This event is being designed by farmers, for farmers in our North Coast region. The organizers write, “The best part of a conference is the chance to connect with other people who understand what you do. That’s what this retreat is all about.” This overnight event will feature structured and spontaneous discussion, troubleshooting and problem solving, creativity, and moral support.

Check out this Farmer Retreat flyer for the schedule and other information.

Location: Oceanside
Cost: $40 for the weekend; $25 for Saturday only (see flyer for details)
RSVP: email Emily Vollmer at, or call: (503) 815-2800 by February 18th
Presented by:
Retreat planning committee: Carolina Lees of Corvus Landing Farm, KJ Konink, and Helen Fey Maze.  With logistical and financial support from FoodRoots’ North Coast Grown project grant
, and donations from Neskowin, Manzanita, and River People Farmers Markets.

Soil Sampling workshop - Part 1
3:00 pm to 5:00pm Monday, February 23, 2015.

Bring some soil from your farm or garden to assess the soil texture. We'll also have a hands-on soil sampling demo will prepare you to submit a soil sample for chemical analysis (nutrient content, pH etc). This workshop will highlight information about important characteristics of the soil for growing vigorous, healthy plants in our coastal region.  

Follow up in March by bringing the results of your soil sample analysis to the soils sampling workshop Part 2 to interpret the results, and learn about how to decide what to do about it including options for fertilizers and other amendments. 
Save the date for Part 2 Wednesday March 18th at 3pm.

Location: OSU Extension office, 2204 4th Street, Tillamook
Cost: Free event.
Instructors: Joy Jones, OSU Extension and Emily Vollmer, Food Roots
RSVP: email Emily Vollmer at, or call: (503) 815-2800
Presented by:

Regional events and classes

Brassica Black Leg disease field meeting
8:30 to 11:00 am Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Corvallis

This field meeting will provide update on Black Leg disease in Brassica crops, including:
•    Overview on current disease outbreak in research plots and commercial fields
•    ODA Permanent seed rules for black leg disease prevention in Oregon
•    Seed treatments and foliar fungicides for management of black leg 

The experts' presentations will be short so as to provide plenty of time for questions and/or discussions.  

In addition, Sclerotinia is appearing in a number of Brassica plantings, including turnip seed fields, probably due to our warmer temperatures that we have experienced lately.  
Black leg will likely increase the infection levels by Sclerotinia, based on what I have seen so far, so growers with fields plagued by black leg should be vigilant for Sclerotinia for as long as the weather remains rainy.  

Location: Hyslop Farm, 3455 NE Granger Rd., Corvallis
Cost: free
Experts present: Carol Mallory-Smith: Professor of Weed Science, OSU
Cindy Ocamb: Plant Pathologist, OSU
Nancy Osterbauer: Oregon Dept. of Agriculture – Plant Health Program
Additional information: email or call 541-737-4020
Presented by:

Fruit Tree Pruning
1 to 3 pm Tuesday, February 18, 2015 in Albany

These fruit tree pruning classes will be held rain or shine! There will be an opportunity for hands-on pruning of fruit trees after the Grandpas workshop—so bring your pruners!
Location: Grandpas Farm Stand, 36483 HWY 226, Albany
Cost: $20
Registration required: Registration form or call 541-967-3871
Presented by:
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
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