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  • Oregon Small Farm News, Summer edition
Upcoming Events



Designing a Home Orchard

10am to noon Sunday August 2, at Alder Creek Farm in Nehalem

Anita Azarenko, of OSU and La Mancha Orchard & Ranch, will lead you through practical considerations for establishing a home orchard, including advice on site prep, cultivar selection, irrigation and other considerations for installing an orchard on the north coast of Oregon.

Anita will feature a case-study of Peace Crops farm, located in the Nehalem Valley, in order to tailor the information presented to our local climate, soils, and community. We will also tour the established fruit trees at the Alder Creek community garden.

Anita Azarenko has over 30 years of experience with tree fruit and hazelnut farming systems. Her research and publications have focused on:
            ▪  Integrated and organic tree fruit farming systems.
            ▪  Orchard floor management systems.
            ▪  Mineral nutrition of fruit trees,
            ▪  Fruit tree cultivar and root stock performance
Anita and her husband also grow certified organic fruit & hazelnuts in Linn County, Oregon. As La Mancha Farm & Ranch they sell at several farmers markets in the Willamette Valley, select retailers, and at their own farm store.

Workshop fee: $10
This workshop made possible by funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program North Coast Grown project.
Picnic lunch: (optional) Bring a lunch and stay for ongoing discussion after the workshop. 
Registration: Please register online at or contact Food Roots at 503-815-2800 or
Location: Meet at the barn at Alder Creek community garden. Drive to the end of Underhill Lane, off of Hwy 101 between Nehalem and Manzanita
For more information: Email or call 503-815-2800
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Summer 2015 Oregon Small Farm News

The Summer 2015 edition features the following articles:
  • Welcome to Sara Runkel
  • Dry Farming Demonstration
  • What Do We Know About Small Farms & Local Food Systems? Recent Research in Brief
  • Rural Economic Development One Oven at a Time
  • Biodegradable Mulch Update – New NOP Rule
  • Oregon Grown Produce at a School Near You
  • Ask a Veterinarian or Ask Social Media?
  • New Report from Ecotrust Highlights Regional Food System Challenges and Opportunities
  • Calendar
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Upcoming Events

Fall & Winter Veggies workshop
July 12, Alder Creek Farm, Nehalem

Designing a Home Orchard
August 2, Alder Creek Farm, Nehalem

Small Farm School

September 12, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City
Registration opens July 15

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

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.