Tillamook County Farmer News
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  • Plant Pathology and Problem Diagnosis, Mar. 10
  • Farmer-Chef Connect in Astoria, Mar. 16
  • Interpreting Soil Sample Results, Mar. 18
  • Crop Cost Study project, Mar. - Dec.
  • Community Lending webinar, Mar. 5
  • Christmas Tree short course, Mar. 6
Prior announcements (archived)

Local opportunities

Plant Pathology & Problem Diagnosis - Master Gardener class
9:30 to 4:30 Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cynthia Ocamb, OSU Extension Service Plant Pathologist, will teach a class on understanding plant diseases, diagnosis and treatments. She will focus on an integrated management approach to dealing with common plant diseases in western Oregon

Location: TBCC conference room, 4301 Third St, Tillamook
Cost: $30 for partial or whole day
RSVP: OSU Extension at 503-842-3433
Presented by:

Farmer-Chef Connect 2015
1:00 to 3:00 Monday, March 16, 2015

Food producers: be prepared to talk briefly about what you grow, raise, harvest or produce and how you sell it. 

Chef and restaurant folks: be prepared to talk briefly about what foods you'd really like to be able to purchase locally, and any purchasing restrictions you might have.

Everyone: bring business cards, contact information, product lists and anything else that will help you get in touch after the event. Food producers, bringing samples is ok, but there isn't an opportunity to set up a display, so keep it portable and easy. 

Location: Cannery Pier Hotel (upstairs conference room), Astoria
Cost: Free.  Light refreshments will be served.
More information: Event announcement
Please RSVP: email with the number attending
Presented by:

Interpreting Soil Sample Results (Part 2)
3:00 to 5:00 Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Learn how to use your soil sample analysis results to determine your fertilizer and amendment options and needs.  Submit your soil sample soon and bring the results to the Part 2 class!  Handouts from Soil Sampling Part 1 workshop: 
OSU Extension Soil Sampling Guide (soil sample probe available for check out)
* Nutrient Analysis Labs
* AgSource Soil Sample submission form (choose analysis West #4 for workshop Part 2)

Location: OSU Extension office, 2204 4th Street, Tillamook
Cost: Free
RSVP: contact Emily Vollmer at, or (503) 815-2800
Presented by:

Crop Cost Study project
March - December, 2015.

This project will guide you through the process of collecting the data you need to understand your production and marketing costs for the crops you grow. Our goal is to simplify the data collection process as much as possible and to support you through it so you will be successful. Understanding your production and marketing costs will let you make more informed decisions about your farm, including: 
* Production Systems — how to grow
* Crop Mix — what to grow
* Pricing — what to charge
* Marketing Channels — where to sell
* Scale — how big (or small) to be

Here’s what we’ll do together:
* An initial orientation to familiarize you with the overall process (end of March)
* Online webinar every 3 to 4 weeks through the growing season (April-November) to guide you through the cost study process
* Collecting simple data on your farm, using worksheets we provide, as part of your normal routine (April-November)
* Access to a listserv for all participants to troubleshoot any challenges with the project facilitator AND other farmers (April-November)
* Synthesis of your data to calculate individual crop costs (November)
A final working session where we will analyze results (November/December)

Location: Orientation meeting in Tillamook County, exact location TBD
Cost: Free - this project made possible by the OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems
Project coordinator: Tanya Murray, OSU Small Farms
More information: Cost Study Project flyer or contact Emily Vollmer at, or (503) 815-2800
Presented by:
      with support from Food Roots' North Coast Grown project

Regional events and classes

Unique Ways to Grow Your Food Businesses - Community Lending
2:00 to 2:30pm, Thursday March 5, 2015 (also recorded)

This short webinar will discuss unique financing options for growing a food-focused or farm business. Community Sourced Capital will discuss how to access a $5K-$50K from CSC's crowdfunding platform for any project you can dream up (planting, equipment, working capital, greenhouse, farmer's market booth). Qualifying is very easy, no collateral or credit checks are required, and the platform is available to start-ups. A business has to be willing to ask its community to participate in the loan, but CSC also helps promote the campaign. 
Location: online webinar. If you can't make it and would like a link to the recording email:
Cost: Free
Register: Link to sign up
Presented by:

Christmas Tree short course
8:30 am to 4:10 pm Friday, March 6, 2015 in Wilsonville

The Short Course's primary focus is education. Experts discuss topics such as new growing and harvesting methods, pesticide and safety information, business practices and tax implications for those involved in the industry.

Location: Holiday Inn Portland South, 25425 SW 95th Ave, Wilsonville
Cost: $60 (see registration link for details)
Registration and other information: Event flyer, online Registration
Presented by:
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association
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.