2016 Growing Resilience: Water Management Workshop Series

Growing Resilence: Water Management 2016 Workshop Series Flyer

February 20, 2016 – OSU Small Farms Conference

  • Growing Without Irrigation – Interested in learning more about how to grow fruits and vegetables with little or no water in the Pacific Northwest? This session will cover site selection, dry farming tools and techniques for orchard and row crops, soil hydrological principals, and the power of seed-saving in dry farmed systems. Learn about the OSU Small Farms Dry Farming Demonstration and Participatory Research Project led by Amy Garrett (OSU Small Farms Instructor). Jacques Neukom (Neukom Family Farm), known for his dry farmed peaches and melons in Northern California, will share his experience producing a variety of crops using dry farming techniques all season long in a climate with long dry hot summers. Steve Peters (Seed Revolution Now & Organic Seed Alliance) and Bill Reynolds will talk about soil hydrological principals and tell the story of the ‘Dark Star’ Zucchini developed with Dr. John Navazio for dry farmed systems and how seed-saving can be a powerful tool for dry farmers.
  • Innovative Approaches to Catching and Storing Water – Are you navigating limited water supply on your farm? Learn from multiple case studies and examples about innovative approaches to catching and storing water on your farm. Andrew Millison (OSU Permaculture Instructor & Permaculture Rising) will share the fundamentals of key line water storage and present multiple examples of keyline systems on farms all over the world (Australia, Saudia Arabia, Mexico, Midwestern U.S., and Oregon), and talk about his recent experience in working with a Oregon landowner to apply for and receive water rights. Pat (Canaan Hill Farm) will tell about his experience farming a variety of fruits and vegetables without water rights for the past 30 years and his adaptations to a drier climate including rainwater collection, organic matter addition, and variety selection. Bogdan Caceu (La Creole Orchards) will describe how he has been able to farm with very limited available groundwater, in part by installing water storage capacity with federal funding from USDA-NRCS under the EQIP program; how he is working to significantly expand this storage with state funding from the Water Supply Development Account administered by the Oregon Water Resources Department; and how he managed to obtain a comprehensive water rights permit that covers all aspects of water appropriation, storage, and use for irrigation.   

March 30, 2016 - Oregon State University Campus Ag and Life Science Building 4001, or via WebEx at 1:00 pm  |  Pacific Daylight Time |  1 hr 30 mins

  • Navigating Water Law and Restrictions in Northwest Oregon (pdf of presentation) - Joel Plahn (Oregon Water Master - District 16), Mike McCord (Northwest Region Manager).
    • Watermaster duties and responsibilities in the NW Region (regulation, dam safety inspections, stream flow measurements).
    • How and why regulation of water rights occur
    • 2015 Regulation specifically Marys River and Luckiamute River
    • Obtaining new water to build a pond, use BOR water or use groundwater. Alternatives like Transferring water rights
    • Significant Points of Diversion, Meter Requirements
    • Groundwater limited areas

    New Water Resources Development Program (pdf of presentation) - Harmony Burright, Oregon Water Resources Deparment, Planning Coordinator - The Department currently has funding opportunities open for Place-Based Planning Pilot Grants, Feasibility Study Grants, and Water Project Grants and Loans.

June 2, 2016, 6 - 9 pm - Oregon State University Campus - LaSells Stewart Center in Construction & Engineering Auditorium

Recorded Session part 1

Recorded Session part 2

August 19th from 3-7 pm | Oregon State University Campus - LaSells Stewart Center in Construction & Engineering Auditorium

Building Resilient Cropping Systems and Conserving Water - Video-recordings below

This event is sponsored by: Oregon State University Extension Service - Small Farms Program, Western SARE, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, and Benton County Farm Bureau.


Four OSU sites hosted Dry Farming Field Days in August 2016!

More than 200 growers attended to learn about dry farming, see crops (tomatoes, squash, melon, potatoes) grown without any supplemental irrigation in the field, observe roots from soil pits in irrigated and dry farmed plots, do side-by-side tastings of dry farmed and irrigated tomatoes and melons, as well as visit with soil scientists and experienced dry farmers.

Tuesday August 2nd  - Southern Oregon
4-7 pm:  Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center
569 Hanley Rd, Central Point, OR 97502
Tuesday August 9th – South Valley
3-5 pm:  OSU Vegetable Research Farm
34306 NE Electric Rd, Corvallis, OR 97333
4-7 pm :  Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture
844 SW 35th St, Corvallis, OR 97333
Tuesday August 23rd – North Valley
4-7 pm:  North Willamette Research and Extension Center
15210 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, OR 97002

Flyer for 2016 Dry Farming Field Days