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Growing Resilience: Water Management Workshop Series
This workshop series, funded by an Oregon SARE Mini-Grant, will increase knowledge and awareness of drought mitigation tools and management practices for farming with little or no irrigation.
February 18, 2017 - Oregon Small Farms Conference
- Dry Farming Collaborative: Co-creating the future of how we manage water on our farms (video) - The Dry Farming Collaborative started in early 2016 and grew to more than 120 members in one year! We are a group of growers, extension educators, plant breeders, and agricultural professionals partnering to increase knowledge and awareness of dry farming management practices with a hands-on participatory approach. Learn about some of the results from our 2016 dry farm trials and future directions for this project as this grassroots movement and collaborative research project builds momentum and evolves to shape our collective response to a changing climate.
- Participatory Plant Breeding for Dry Farmed Systems (video) - What plant traits support dry farming? How might growers throughout the northwestern U.S. work together to develop dry farmed varieties for our region? Dry farmed vegetable varieties, like the 'Dark Star' zucchini and 'Stella Blue' squash from Seed rEvolution Now!, stood out in both the 2015 and 2016 dry farming trials throughout western Oregon. Growers and plant breeders in the Dry Farming Collaborative are now interested in partnering to develop more dry farmed crop varieties (e.g. tomatoes, potatoes, dry beans, squash, melon) for our region. Learn about what is needed to take on a participatory plant breeding project of this scale.
2017 Field Days will be at several sites in August - dates will be announced soon!
Click here to view list of 2016 Water Management Workshops.