The Oregon State University Extension Service connects Oregonians to science-based expertise, education, and partnerships including 4-H; public health; agriculture, forestry and natural resources; and community development.

Sherman County households use Garden Starter Kits to grow their own food

Known as “Land of the Wheat,” Sherman County is the third-largest wheat producing county in Oregon, despite being 29th out of 36 in size. Even with all that bounty, a significant number of Sherman County households are ...

OSU Extension leads effort to bring Blue Zones Project to The Dalles

Like many communities across the United States, The Dalles has struggled with the health and well-being of its residents. By many measurements, access to nutritious food, good health care and fitness opportunities fell short in ...

Urban cosmetologists raise money for Hopkins Demonstration Forest

Private family forests often border the cities where most Oregonians live, but public understanding of management practices is lacking. It is an ongoing challenge to sustain private woodlands and engage urban audiences in ...

Sherman County youth take center stage

In rural Sherman County, youth have only one opportunity a year to participate in live theater when the Missoula Children’s Theatre arrives in the county each spring for a week. The play is so popular that in 2018 more ...

Free summer lunches in Chiloquin pave the way to more food security

Summer is a particularly high-risk time for youth in Chiloquin who aren’t getting the school lunches, physical activity or social connections provided during school months. A rural town of 700, Chiloquin residents rely on food ...

Grow an Extra Row teaches gardening while reducing food insecurity

Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers are a generous bunch. While busy with activities to expand the public’s gardening knowledge, they still find time to apply their know-how to reduce food insecurity in ...

Through videos, middle school news team promotes healthy lifestyle choices

The problem is clear and alarming: Kids aren’t eating enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy or getting enough exercise, according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020. Oregon SNAP-Ed, a nutrition education program ...

Oregon Forest Pest Detector seeks to prevent damage to valuable trees

The dreaded emerald ash borer has wiped out millions of ash trees throughout the eastern United States and Canada since it was discovered in Michigan about 20 years ago. As the beetle has moved west, cities have spent ...

4-H youth sew Stockings for Soldiers

When soldiers are deployed during the Christmas holidays, they leave behind family, tradition and all the trappings of the season. They are likely homesick and missing their families. A 4-H club in Josephine County, part of the...

Living on the Land provides stewardship education to rural landowners

Rural landowners in the mid-Willamette Valley have diverse backgrounds and varying levels of expertise in land management, but show a common interest in responsible stewardship of their land. Many of these new landowners ask ...