County: Clackamas (workshops would take place at NWREC in Aurora)

Pay: This is an unpaid community engagement opportunity

Project Description: We have three workshops being developed during this time period that a student could help with and learn from. 1) Croptime is a vegetable degree-day modeling website, we will develop an intensive workshop to teach farmers and other interested people to use Croptime to schedule vegetable production and manage weeds. 2) We will host a winter vegetable production workshop. We have planted vegetable variety trials at four planting dates to identify varieties and planting dates that provide reliable yields. The workshop will include seed company representatives, vegetable buyers and farmers. 3) We are developing an IPM workshop series for small-farmers. The student will be able to work with us to plan and deliver the first workshop in the series which will address early season insect pests in field and greenhouse vegetable production.

We could work with 1-2 students with a total of about 30 hours preparation time plus attending the actual workshops (about 4 hours for each workshop). Total time = 42 hours. Students will help with outreach, workshop setup and workshop evaluation. They will also be invited to attend the workshops to learn more about the topics. The workshops will all be located at NWREC in Aurora.

Additional On-going Projects:  At most times of the year we could host interested student interns, and the work they do would depend on their skills and interests, and our specific activities at that time. Our projects are ongoing with no foreseeable end date, so I’ve listed them below:

  • Beginning farmer training – this would give students experience organizing and delivering Extension events:
    • Growing Farms workshops (usually in late winter or early spring, not in 2016 though)
    • Hands-on workshops at the NWREC Learning Farm – these include tractor training, IPM, soil management, and other topics
    • Small Farm School: a one-day event in early September every year with about 40 concurrent workshops and >200 participants. Planning is generally in the summer.
  • Other educational events intended generally for more experienced farmers, often field days, for example:
    • winter vegetable production on March 9
    • fall vegetable variety field day – date to be determined
    • North Willamette Horticulture Society annual meeting. The event is in January. Planning is Nov – Jan
  • NWREC Learning Farm
    • Students could help in several aspects of growing vegetables at NWREC Learning Farm, our 1.6 ac vegetable farm that we use for vegetable variety trials and hands-on workshops
    • In 2016 we plan to construct a small scale packing shed and develop curriculum for a new harvest and handling course that will include FSMA relevant food safety training
  • Applied research:
    • Winter vegetable trials – planting is in August-Sept. Evaluation is in Feb – April including the Mar 9 field day. We expect to expand this in 2017-2019
    • Summer vegetable variety trials – planting and crop management is April – October each year with a field day in September. We also expect this to expand.
    • Croptime: vegetable degree-day modeling – crop growth stage data can be collected that will contribute to degree-day models.