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The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (District) is led by a locally elected board of directors whose responsibility is to plan and oversee the delivery of services and programs that help conserve and protect water and soil resources, wildlife habitat, and other natural resources in Yamhill County.  The District is a unit of local government, and implements its programs and services in partnership with volunteers, non-profits, state and federal agencies, school districts and universities, watershed councils, landowners, and many others. 

FREE HERBACCEOUS PLANT PROPOGATION WORKSHOP OCTOBER 11

Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm

Place: City of Independence Event Center
555 South Main St., Independence

The Yamhill, Polk and Marion Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the Luckiamute Watershed Council are partnering to bring a great workshop presented by the Natural Resource Conservation Service's Plant Materials Center (PMC).  At this workshop, attendees will learn how to propagate native herbaceous plants from seed, cuttings, and division. The focus will be on plants found along streams and waterways. Staff from the PMC will be available to answer questions.

The workshop is free but registrations need to be submitted by October 7th. Light Refreshments will be provided. Register online at http://www.luckiamutelwc.org/herbaceous-plant-propagation-workshop.html or call Marion SWCD at (503) 391-9927 or email to office@marionswcd.net.

Native Plant Society of Oregon Offers Free Lectures

The Cheahmill Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon is offering three lectures in the Carnegie Room at the McMinnville Public Library. The lectures begin at 7:00 pm with a social hour at 6:45 pm.

·September 24 - Aphids in Sun and Shade: What affects their distribution?

·October 27 - The Kalapuya: Their story and use of native plants

·December 1 - Wildflowers of Northern Arizona

If you have questions, contact Marna Porath at 971-267-0058 and click here for more details.

Fun & Informative Native Plant Walks August 27 and 29

Jeanie Taylor, owner of Taylor Gardens NW and long-time volunteer at Miller Woods, will be leading two fun native plant walks this month.

Saturday, August 27 from 11:30 am – 1 pm the group will look at ornamentals at Winter’s Hill Winery. (Wine tasting optional)

Monday, August 29 from 6 – 7:30 pm the group will stroll through the natural area at Miller Woods, highlighting plants one might see on a hike.

The walks will be easy and aimed at beginners, but interesting for those who have some knowledge of native plants. Jeanie will include fun facts and tips on growing natives in diverse landscapes with an emphasis on learning 10 plants on each walk.

Preregistration is required    |    Cost: $10 per person    |     Enrollment is limited to 10 people    |     Sign Up at www.TaylorGardensNW.com

See flyer for more details.

OSU Extension Small Farm School Coming September 15

OSU and Clackamas SWCD will be hosting the popular Small Farm School on September 15from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Workshops will be held at the Oregon City Campus of Clackamas Community College, Moomaw Family Farm in Oregon City and at the OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center. Small Farm School is a daylong event with hands-on and classroom workshops geared towards beginning farmers. Speakers include OSU Extension faculty, farmers, government agencies and other agriculture professionals. Classes include: Farm Business and Record Keeping; Cut Flowers; Growing Cider Apples; Raising Goats; Rotational Grazing and much more. Go to http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/small-farm-school for a full list of classes and to register.

Yamhill and Polk Oak Restoration Garners National Attention

Oak restoration in Yamhill and Polk counties is gaining national attention as a model for success under USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

RCPP is a highly-competitive partnership program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The program leverages federal investments with contributions from public and private partner organizations to achieve landscape-scale conservation results.

Members of the national RCPP review team toured oak restoration sites in Yamhill and Polk counties June 13 to see how RCPP funding is put into action by partners and landowners. Each year the RCPP review team evaluates and ranks RCPP proposals from across the country and decides which proposals to fund.

Yamhill County Fair August 3 - 6 - “Oregon’s Oldest Fair”

Did you know that the Yamhill County Fair is the oldest county fair in Oregon? The first fair in Yamhill County was October 7, 1854, and was held in Lafayette, Oregon. It was sponsored by the Yamhill County Agricultural Society, which formed in 1853. That first fair included bed quilts, butter, cheese, vegetables, cattle, sheep, hogs, farm implements, horses, mules and so much more.

Over the years there have been many changes to the county fair location and facilities. The current site was acquired by parcels over several years and buildings were added. The current location, just off of Highway 99W on Lafayette Avenue, is on 30 acres with housing for exhibits and animals as well as a show arena open year-round for shows and youth events.

This year’s fair has an all-star entertainment line up along with the carnival and lots of exhibitions. Go to http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/fair/ for more information.