OSU Metro Small Farms Program Updates
Clackamas, Multnomah & Washington Counties
Program Updates
The solstice is almost upon us, and the dark days will start to get a little lighter. This Solstice, Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year or whatever your holiday we invite you to spend time in fellowship, reflect, and rejoice.

Hopefully you will have the opportunity to rest and recharge with friends and family this holiday season, and share a meal or two. The holidays are an excellent excuse to dine on some delicious winter vegetables. If you (like me) have ever wondered how best to butcher a winter squash or "what the heck do I do with all this beautiful radicchio?", you should head on over to There are recipes and videos there that will help guide you on your winter veg journey.

Here is a link to my one of my favorite recipes on the site Black Futsu Salad with Radicchio. Credit to Tim Wastell for this delicious dish.

See yall in the new year!
Metro Small Farms Team

Heidi Noordijk
Outreach Program Coordinator

Clint Taylor
Education Program Assistant

Organic Vegetable Program
Nick Andrews
Professor of Practice

Check out the Eat Winter Vegetable project page for recipes, videos, and more. Share with your market customers and CSA communities, neighbors, and friends.
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December 14th & 21st

Sign up for an engaging and informative two-part course on Regenerative Pasture Management.

You'll hear from Dr. Shayan Ghajar, Organic Pasture and Forages Specialist from OSU Extension, and Jackson Morgan, Farm Specialist with Polk Soil & Water Conservation District.

Registration is FREE
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New Publication from SARE

Manage Weeds on Your Farm is the definitive guide to understanding agricultural weeds and how to manage them efficiently, effectively and ecologically—for organic and conventional farmers alike.

Ecological weed management is knowledge intensive, rather than input intensive. But it doesn’t have to be excessively labor intensive. Manage Weeds on Your Farm shows you how to outsmart your weeds by identifying the right tactic for the right weed at the right time, which will reduce as much as possible the labor required, while ensuring your weeds don’t impact crop yields.

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Now is the time to create your crop plans for 2021 and being ordering seeds. ATTRA has compiled crop planning resources that can help you along the way.
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Herbicide-Contaminated Compost and Soil Mix: What You Should Know — and What You Can Do About It (EM9703)

Compost and soil mix products sometimes contain herbicide residue. This residue can damage certain vegetable, fruit and flower crops

The residue likely comes from contaminated hay, grass clippings or manure. These materials may make their way into the regional composting system.
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From December to February, RFC will be facilitating Wednesday evening (6-7:30pm) workshops and conversation on business planning, leasing, cooperative business models, land justice, and resources for military veterans. As always, you can count on encountering the wisdom of experts and other curious farmers along the way.
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Tree School Online webinars feature some of your favorite traditional Tree School classes along with some new ones. In this class guide, you will find information on upcoming Tree School Online classes as well as links to videos and resources from past classes.

Upcoming schedule and topics:
  • December 14: Christmas Trees
  • January 11: Forest amphibians
  • February 8: Prescribed fire
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Masks are available for pick up at the Clackamas Extension Office.

Call 503-655-8631 beforehand with amount needed and to schedule a pick up time.

200 Warner Milne Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
The Metro Small Farms Program is based at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). Variety trials and small-scale workshops occur on our two-acre learning farm. There are many other programs at NWREC that serve farmers in our region. Watch this 7-minute video to learn more.
COVID-19 Advisory. Metro OSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed or canceled. We are available via email, phone and web conference
Oregon State University Extension Service prohibits discrimination in all its programs, services, activities, and materials on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, genetic information, veteran’s status, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. This publication will be made available in accessible formats upon request. Program accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by calling 503-373-3774.

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El Servicio de Extensión de Oregon State University prohíbe la discriminación en todos sus programas, servicios, actividades y materiales en base a la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, identidad de género (incluyendo la expresión de género), orientación sexual, discapacidad, edad, estado civil, estatus de la familia/padres, ingresos derivados de un programa de asistencia pública, creencias políticas, información genética, estado de veterano, represalia o represalia por actividad previa de los derechos civiles.

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