Oregon State University Extension Service
METRO CONNECTION
February 2019
News, events and educational articles for our partners, community leaders, volunteers, friends and family
Washington County Extension in Beaverton 503-821-1127
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Master Gardener Hours:
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
Extension in Portland
4-H; Family and Community Health Programs only
Egg to fry salmon science

“I am so happy because I got to see salmon in person!” Jaden, grade 3 from Multisensory Learning Academy (MLA)

Just before the winter holidays over 450 students, teachers and parent volunteers from six Portland 4-H Partner Schools wrapped up a seven-week 4-H Fish Stewards project. The hands-on citizen science curriculum for grades 3 to 5 was created by Maureen Hosty, Extension 4-H professor and educator.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife provided each school with 250 Chinook salmon eggs as part of the ODFW Salmon Trout Enhancement Project. Kanaiah, a participating student wanted to say: “Thank you for giving us the eggs and thank you for trusting us with the salmon.” His third grade class at MLA charter school raised salmon in their classrooms from egg to fry, the recently hatched young fish. One thoughtful third grader realized “they did many cool projects based off our salmon in almost every subject!” Click here to read the full story!
Each issue of Metro Connection will highlight a member of the Regional Extension Citizen Advisory Network (RECAN). RECAN is composed of community leaders and partners with a wide variety of interests that align with Extension programs and goals. Meeting six times each year, Extension faculty share accomplishments and listen as RECAN members discuss community needs. This ensures Extension serves its community effectively, efficiently and responds to true community needs. We are extremely appreciative of RECAN members’ service and advocacy on behalf of Extension.
We'd like you to meet Patty Bonney
A longtime OSU Extension enthusiast and advocate, Patty Bonney is an avid knitter. “Knitting helps me concentrate because when my hands are busy, my mind is still,” said a beaming Bonney. Friends often comment on her infectious smile and cheerful presence.
 
What people may not know is that this 88-year-old has had enough adventures to fill three lifetimes. From the time she rented a camper van and toured across Australia, took a six-month trip through Turkey and Europe, and adventured in Fiji, Western Samoa and Tonga, Patty has checked 40 countries, six continents and countless milestones off her bucket list. Often traveling alone, she made acquaintances all over the world who turned into lifelong friends. Click here to continue reading Patty's story!
Coastal Farm and Ranch donates $10,000 to relocate the 2019 Washington County 4-H Horse Fair
The construction of the new Event Center at the Washington County Fairgrounds is resulting in the temporary loss of the arena space needed for summer 4-H Horse Fair. Coastal Farm and Ranch has stepped up to solve this problem with a donation $10,000 to relocate the 2019 Horse Fair to Yamhill County Fairgrounds. Pat Willis, from Washington County 4-H Extension said, “We are honored and thrilled to have Coastal Farm and Ranch as our Lead Sponsor of the 2019 Horse Fair. We could not continue the long tradition of providing a summer 4-H Horse Fair for Washington County kids without this fantastic support.”   

 The yearlong 4-H youth Horse program in Washington County is one of the largest 4-H Horse programs in the state. Each year 100-140 youth and their families participate.   The Washington County 4-H Horse Fair will be held July 7-13, 2019. A huge thank you for your support Coastal Farm and Ranch!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Exploring Marijuana as Medicine
Join us for a fascinating discussion with OSU College of Pharmacy researcher Jane Ishmael, PhD. about current trends in marijuana use and recent progress in understanding how cannabinoids act on the body. Wednesday, Feb 27 at new OSU Portland Center in the iconic Meier and Frank building across from Pioneer Square. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
We expect to be near capacity soon. Don't delay register here!
Tree School Clackamas is March 23
Registration is open so sign up soon if you wish to attend. Click here to register!
Small Farms Conference is March 23
Join us as we talk about improving the economic and environmental sustainability of small farms by employing appropriate production and marketing techniques. Click here for online registration. Click here for the informational PDF.
Field to Market Essentials Workshop
Thursday, March 7th, 2019. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Have you ever dreamed of producing a value-added food product for sale? Not sure where to start? Then our Field-to-Market Essentials workshop is for you! Learn from the experts about current Oregon Department of Agriculture regulations, recipe selection, labeling guidelines, pH testing, record keeping, marketing tips, and pricing your product for sale. This workshop is ideal for fruit and vegetable farmers, and other food entrepreneurs interested in producing value-added products for sale, as well as those already producing a product and seeking additional guidance; Individuals managing farm-direct venues (like farmers markets) who are seeking more information on implementing the Farm-Direct, Value-Added law. Click here to register.
Workshops From Our Partner TSWCD
Farm Transition Workshop
Saturday February 16th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learn how to plan for your future farm. FREE event with dinner included! Click here for for information.
Horse Owners Workshop
Join us for 2 opportunities to learn how to manage your farm so it is healthier for your horses and our environment. Click here for for information.

Mud, Manure and Pests, Oh My!
Saturday February 23rd

Sustainable Horse Keeping
Sunday February 24th

Soil School 2019
Saturday April 13th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learn about soil structure and testing, principles of soil health, permaculture, rebuilding soils, sustainable landscape design, plant problem diagnosis, and non-chemical pest management.
Click here for for information.
GARDENING
Yellowjackets buzzed to the top of most popular gardening stories of 2018
The year 2018 is in the rearview mirror, but it’s not too late to catch up on the top stories of the last 12 months. Some were plant-centric (hydrangeas), some were pesky (yellowjackets) and others were practical (pruning shrubs). All caught the attention of readers across the state and beyond.
 
The criteria for choosing the Top 10 are rather loose. We looked back on a year of weekly stories from Oregon State University Extension Service to find those that most resonated with readers. We scoured questions, comments and social media posts and sometimes went with gut instinct. Click here to read the full list!
RECIPES
This month we are indulging our taste buds with a Cherry Oat Crumble .

This sweet treat is a great way to celebrate your Valentine. Versatile and delicious, try this recipe is a great way to show someone you care!
Food Hero is your go-to site for quick, tasty, healthy recipes and helpful tips. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you'll find something new for your family to enjoy . Visit the Food Hero website today!
Emergency Preparedness Topic:
Cold Weather Illness
Learn how to protect yourself during cold weather, symptoms to look out for, and treatments. Download the poster here .
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