OSU Extension Service: Benton County

OSU Extension Service: Benton County Benton County Extension Service faculty, staff and volunteers offer objective, research-based information to help Benton County youth and adults solve problems, develop life skills and manage resources wisely.
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https://foodhero.org/recipes/sunshine-roll-ups
06/02/2020
Sunshine Roll-Ups

https://foodhero.org/recipes/sunshine-roll-ups

I made this recipe for my 3rd graders, and subbed garbanzo beans for the chicken. I thought it would be too strong of a flavor for kids, but they liked it. One problem with the beans is that they rolled out too much, so I'd suggest using larger tortillas and possibly mashing the beans a bit, but the...

Get all your composting questions answered. Tune in on Zoom, June 9th from 12 to 1 pm.
05/28/2020
Home Composting Q&A

Get all your composting questions answered. Tune in on Zoom, June 9th from 12 to 1 pm.

COVID-19 Advisory. OSU Extension is here for you. We continue remote work and virtual programming while planning a phased return to on-site work.

Happening tomorrow, May 28th, at 10 am!Join Dr. Dana Sanchez (Oregon State University Extension Wildlife Specialist) for...
05/28/2020
Oh Rats! Dealing with Non-native Rodents in the Garden

Happening tomorrow, May 28th, at 10 am!

Join Dr. Dana Sanchez (Oregon State University Extension Wildlife Specialist) for a special session on managing rats in yards, gardens, and compost piles. You'll learn about the different species of non-native, invasive rats we see in Oregon, get an understanding of rat behavior and find out why they are so attracted to our gardens. Dr. Sanchez will also share tips for management. A moderated Q&A will follow the presentation.

This webinar will be recorded.
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/events/oh-rats-dealing-non-native-rodents-garden

COVID-19 Advisory. OSU Extension is here for you. We continue remote work and virtual programming while planning a phased return to on-site work.

05/27/2020

Happening tomorrow, May 28th, at 10 am!

https://foodhero.org/recipes/ginger-almond-asparagus
05/27/2020
Ginger Almond Asparagus

https://foodhero.org/recipes/ginger-almond-asparagus

1. Slice the asparagus diagonally into pieces about ¾ inch long. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add remaining ingredients. Stir and sauté until asparagus is a brighter green, 3-5 minutes. 3. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook until the asparagus is just fork-tender. Avoid ...

https://foodhero.org/recipes/spinach-garbanzo-beans
05/16/2020
Spinach with Garbanzo Beans

https://foodhero.org/recipes/spinach-garbanzo-beans

We found this recipe very bland. I've made it three times now and have finally settled on adding 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Add the spices with on the onions as they cook. We preferred it mashed very thoroughly (or pulsed in a food processor) to make a c...

Can U-Pick farms operate during the COVID-19 pandemic? Yes! ODA in partnership with OHA have created some guidance for c...
05/14/2020

Can U-Pick farms operate during the COVID-19 pandemic? Yes! ODA in partnership with OHA have created some guidance for customers and growers to help keep everyone safe while enjoying some of Oregon's fresh produce.

https://foodhero.org/recipes/spinach-garbanzo-beans
05/12/2020
Spinach with Garbanzo Beans

https://foodhero.org/recipes/spinach-garbanzo-beans

We found this recipe very bland. I've made it three times now and have finally settled on adding 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Add the spices with on the onions as they cook. We preferred it mashed very thoroughly (or pulsed in a food processor) to make a c...

https://foodhero.org/recipes/kale-and-white-bean-soup
05/10/2020
Kale and White Bean Soup

https://foodhero.org/recipes/kale-and-white-bean-soup

1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté onion and garlic in butter or margarine until soft. 2. Add broth, white beans, and tomatoes; stir to combine. 3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes. 4. Add the kale and Italian seasoning. Simmer until kale has softened, ...

It is so great to have such wonderful partners in our community!!!
05/07/2020

It is so great to have such wonderful partners in our community!!!

The first 25 boxes of fresh, local produce from Riverland Family Farms were delivered to families in our community yesterday. Thanks to Dial-A-Bus of Benton County, Corvallis School District, Corvallis Environmental Center, Oregon State University Small Farms Program, Food Hero, and Benton County Health Department for working with us over the past several weeks to launch this pilot project. A total of fifty families will be receiving every-other-week deliveries through August as part of our COVID-19 relief work. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, boxes contain fun nutrition education activities for kids. #Community #FoodSecurity #Fresh #Local

Happening TODAY! 7-8 pm on Zoom. Ask your local Master Gardeners all your veggie questions!Registration is required but ...
05/06/2020
Ask a Master Gardener: Veggie Gardening

Happening TODAY! 7-8 pm on Zoom. Ask your local Master Gardeners all your veggie questions!Registration is required but there is no fee.

OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers with vegetable gardening experience will be on hand to answer your questions. Join us for a Zoom Q&A for those who are new to growing their own food in the Willamette Valley.

A good read from The Corvallis Advocate! Support farmers during this time of uncertainty.
05/05/2020
CSA Boxes: Eat Local, Support Small Farms - The Corvallis Advocate

A good read from The Corvallis Advocate! Support farmers during this time of uncertainty.

As spring arrives, so do local Farmer’s Markets and Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions. CSA subscribers pre-purchase fresh produce directly from local farmers, who typically box or package the goods to be delivered or picked up monthly or at regular intervals. This year, many small farm...

Every day, Beavers prove that no matter your passion or profession, you have a talent that someone in your community nee...
04/30/2020
OSU Community Day of Service

Every day, Beavers prove that no matter your passion or profession, you have a talent that someone in your community needs — and it’s a gift to share it.

In today’s urgent landscape, Beavs are problem-solving together with courage and quick resolve. With all hands on deck in hospitals nationwide, the OSU community has helped to lighten the load by collecting personal protective equipment and producing critical test components. When high-risk neighbors found themselves housebound, alumni founded a collective to run errands, deliver necessities and increase hand-washing stations across the Pacific Northwest.

https://www.osualum.com/s/359/16/interior.aspx?sid=359&pgid=8528&gid=1001&cid=16241&ecid=16241&post_id=0

Every day, Beavers prove that no matter your passion or profession, you have a talent that someone in your community needs — and it’s a gift to share it.

https://foodhero.org/recipes/rhubarb-blueberry-crisp
04/29/2020
Rhubarb Blueberry Crisp

https://foodhero.org/recipes/rhubarb-blueberry-crisp

This was SO good, but the version we made in a Cooking Matters class was adjusted quite a bit. Instead of the cranberry juice/sugar/cornstarch mixture, we did a mix that was the juice of an orange, then added enough applesauce to make a full cup when combined with the orange juice, and 1.5 tablespoo...

Due to COVID-19, millions of Americans are isolated, and will remain so for an undetermined period of time. Dr. Daisy Fa...
04/28/2020
COVID-19 and Social Distancing Study | Research | Center for Arts in Medicine | College of the Arts | University of Florida

Due to COVID-19, millions of Americans are isolated, and will remain so for an undetermined period of time. Dr. Daisy Fancourt, University College London (UCL), is conducting a study to understand the mental health impacts of sheltering in place, and activities that may buffer against those effects. The Center for Arts in Medicine and Americans for the Arts Action Fund have partnered with UCL to extend this study to the US. The results will help inform recommendations to improve a sense of well-being and resilience during and after the crisis. Results of this longitudinal study will be made publicly available on a weekly basis.

https://arts.ufl.edu/academics/center-for-arts-in-medicine/researchandpublications/enforced-social-isolation-and-mental-health-covid-19/

Due to COVID-19, millions of Americans are isolated, and will remain so for an undetermined period of time. Dr. Daisy Fancourt, University College London (UCL), is conducting a study to understand the mental health impacts of sheltering in place, and activities that may buffer against those effects....

Monthly Preparedness Topic: Medication in Disaster
04/17/2020

Monthly Preparedness Topic: Medication in Disaster

Apr 21, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT - FREEThis webinar is part of the 2020 series of Advanced Training Webinars for Mas...
04/16/2020
Gardening with Native Plants and the OregonFlora Project

Apr 21, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT - FREE
This webinar is part of the 2020 series of Advanced Training Webinars for Master Gardeners sponsored by Oregon State University Extension.

Join Dr. Linda Hardison of the OregonFlora Project for a special webinar on native plants in the garden. In this webinar you'll learn tips for including native plants that will thrive in your garden and be introduced the resources behind the OregonFlora project. Get a sneak peek at the new Gardening with Natives web portal, too! This webinar will be recorded.

COVID-19 Advisory. OSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed or canceled. Extension county offices are closed. We are available via email, phone and webconference. Also visit Extension's Coronavirus (COVID-19) topic page.

Food Hero has all sorts of activities on this page just for kids! Try new recipes, crosswords, and coloring pages!
04/09/2020
Kids

Food Hero has all sorts of activities on this page just for kids! Try new recipes, crosswords, and coloring pages!

OSU Extension Service Family & Community Health Oregon State University 106 Ballard Hall Corvallis, OR 97331 Phone: 541.737.1017

The latest Small Farm News is out!
04/08/2020
Oregon State University Small Farms Program

The latest Small Farm News is out!

The latest Small Farms News Spring 2020 edition is out!

In this issue:
Small Farms, Local Food, & COVID-19: What do you need to know?
A New Meat School Coming to a Town or Computer Near You!
Takeo Sakata’s Double Flowering Petunia
Livestock Farmers, Are You Ready For Tighter Restrictions on Antibiotics?
Farmers: consider Individual Development Accounts to help you build your farm business
Developing Oregon’s Winter Vegetable Market: North Willamette Research and Extension Center Field Day
https://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/oregon-small-farm-news

Apr 28, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDTNo cost!This webinar is part of the 2020 series of Advanced Training Webinars for Ma...
04/05/2020
Dueling with Diggers: Gophers, Moles, Voles, and Ground Squirrels

Apr 28, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
No cost!
This webinar is part of the 2020 series of Advanced Training Webinars for Master Gardeners sponsored by Oregon State University Extension.

Join Dr. Dana Sanchez for an introduction to digging critters you might encounter in your yard or garden. This presentation will increase your understanding of the biology of common digging pests including gophers, moles, voles, and ground squirrels. Dr. Sanchez will share management tips and there will be time for a Q&A.

About the speaker: Dr. Sanchez is an Associate Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist with Oregon State University. This webinar will be recorded.
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/events/dueling-diggers-gophers-moles-voles-ground-squirrels

COVID-19 Advisory. OSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed or canceled. Extension county offices are closed. We are available via email, phone and webconference. Also visit Extension's Corornavirus (COVID-19) topic page.

April 21st, 2020, 10 am - 11 amThis webinar is part of the 2020 series of Advanced Training Webinars for Master Gardener...
04/04/2020
Gardening with Native Plants and the OregonFlora Project

April 21st, 2020, 10 am - 11 am
This webinar is part of the 2020 series of Advanced Training Webinars for Master Gardeners sponsored by Oregon State University Extension.

Join Dr. Linda Hardison of the OregonFlora Project for a special webinar on native plants in the garden. In this webinar you'll learn tips for including native plants that will thrive in your garden and be introduced the resources behind the OregonFlora project. Get a sneak peek at the new Gardening with Natives web portal, too! This webinar will be recorded.

COVID-19 Advisory. OSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed or canceled. Extension county offices are closed. We are available via email, phone and webconference. Also visit Extension's Corornavirus (COVID-19) topic page.

The Master Gardeners of Benton County have rescheduled the annual plant sale for MAY 23RD. Hopefully, restrictions on ga...
04/03/2020
RESCHEDULED - Benton County Master Gardener Plant Sale

The Master Gardeners of Benton County have rescheduled the annual plant sale for MAY 23RD. Hopefully, restrictions on gatherings will have eased up by then, so put it on your calendar as a tentative date!

Please join us for the BCMGA Annual Plant Sale! Perennials, Natives, Veggies, Trees, Shrubs and lots more! All at amazing prices which will help fund your local Master Gardener programs.

Apr 8, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDTNew to mason bees and need some tips? Join OSU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners...
04/02/2020
Ask An OSU Master Gardener: Mason Bees

Apr 8, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
New to mason bees and need some tips? Join OSU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners for a live Q&A.

Rich Little (retired entomologist) and Ranee Webb - both Master Gardener volunteers and authors of the popular BeeNotes newsletter - will be answering your mason bee questions live.

You do not need a computer camera or microphone to participate. This session will be recorded.

COVID-19 Advisory. OSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed or canceled. Extension county offices are closed. We are available via email, phone and webconference. Also visit Extension's Corornavirus (COVID-19) topic page.

Check out this webinar from WSU Extension!
03/31/2020
Oregon State University Small Farms Program

Check out this webinar from WSU Extension!

WSU Extension - Specialty Mushroom Forest Farming Webinar

Forest farming specialty mushrooms like shiitake, lions mane, oysters, and wine caps present a unique opportunity for farm and forest owners to diversify production and put something new on the dinner table. Today, much of the specialty mushroom market is supplied by wild-foraged products but log-grown operations can provide reliable harvests on minimal acreage while retaining its value as a sustainable, forest-grown product. Whether your interest is as a producer or a hobbyist, this webinar will cover the basics of log-grown mushroom operations.

When and Where:
Tuesday, April 14th 4PM – 6PM
This course will be offered via a live, interactive Zoom webinar. A high-speed internet connection is needed. Dial-up will not work. You can access the webinars with your computer or mobile device. Access instructions will be provided prior to the class.

Cost and Registration:
This webinar is FREE but pre-registration is required. To register, go to https://mushroomwebinar.eventbrite.com/. Registration ends April 14th at 12PM.
http://forestry.wsu.edu/forestfarmingworkshop/

03/30/2020
State of Oregon: COVID-19 - DHS COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Department of Human Services is open to help Oregonians navigate this public health crisis together. We encourage you to take advantage of online applications, if you are able, or call/email a DHS local office. Most of our office lobbies remain open, but we are using physical distancing practices to keep the public and staff safe. This site has info on getting help with food or cash, child care, employment, and other topics.

https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/COVID-19/Pages/Home.aspx

DHS COVID-19 Information and Resources

Oregon State University Small Farms Program
03/19/2020
Oregon State University Small Farms Program

Oregon State University Small Farms Program

OSU Extension Small Farms Program recognizes that we are in a time of uncertainty and anxiety as the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation disrupts our lives. There is eternal optimism in agriculture and the growing of food. Farmers are well suited to address challenging times as farming calls for resilience and adaptability even in the best of times. Many of you are adapting very quickly with the switch to online or phone sales and deliveries. We have been inspired by the communications farms have already shared out and by the responses and support of consumers. We want you to know that we are committed to the collection of and sharing of resources, to leveraging our networks to best support communication between farmers and the community, and to explore what is possible.

We invite you to reach out with questions as we all move through this together, and while we may not have the answer – we can look together and solve problems, together. We encourage you to reach out to one another. More than ever the strength and power of our communities is needed, and more than ever we are grateful that we live in a place so rich in local food. While many businesses are facing closures, we see farmers and gardeners looking to increase their production. We all need to eat! You are essential in keeping the food supply chain moving. We would be amiss if we didn’t acknowledge the stress that is compounding, and want to gently remind you all to take care of your most important farm asset – yourself. We need healthy farmers (in mind and body) to keep our communities healthy. Thank you for all that you are doing.

THE GOOD NEWS is that COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness. It is extremely unlikely that someone will catch it through eating. The virus is most likely to cause illness through respiratory transmission, not eating. The routes to be concerned about include being in very close proximity to many people or coming in contact with high touch surfaces.
We have been compiling resources and questions related to COVID-19 and farming, and will be updating as we can. We hope this initial FAQ will save you time and help sort through the overwhelming amount of information that is circulating. We are all in this together.

https://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/covid-19

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Little green caterpillars are decimating Exbury Azaleas. Used Bt. Noticed them hanging from an oak tree also. What else will they ruin?