Associate Professor (Practice)
heather.stoven [at] oregonstate.edu 503-434-8910 Office:
As the Community and Small Farms Horticulturalist for Yamhill County, I oversee the Master Gardener program and provide support to the community's gardening and small farm needs. I have experience in the nursery industry, working in propagation, pest management, media preparation, fertility and irrigation.
M.S. from UC Davis in 2003 in Plant Protection and Pest Management, with a focus on mealybug pests of nurseries
Outreach and Extension
Extension Service Site Publications
(2022) Stink bugs and boxelder bugs everywhere?
(2022) Gardening with Oregon Native Plants West of the Cascades Growing a garden in western Oregon is easier when you include native plants. That’s because native plants are adapted to our wet winters and dry summers. Native plants also provide benefits to native pollinators and other wildlife. Learn where to find native plants for your garden, how to choose care for them and which plants are best for pots and small gardens. This publication also includes an illustrated list of Pacific Northwest native plants that are easy to establish and grow.
(2022) Garden to Table course reaches traditionally underserved residents In a survey, everyone who responded said they ate more vegetables while using their newfound garden space – anywhere from two to 21 servings a week.
(2021) December 2021 2021 is coming to an end, it is time to reflect on your farm's progress and set new goals for 2022. Be sure to save the date for the 2022 OSU Small Farms Conference! Additionally, if you'd like training on your small farm business, be sure to register for the Growing Farms course, registration is filling up quickly. The Rogue Farm Corps has upcoming workshops and read about improved insurance coverage for small farms below.
(2021) Will slug pesticides hurt my earthworms?
(2020) Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards Learn the best ways to manage pests and disease on your fruit trees. Often, this involves combining multiple methods — from cultural and biological practices to pesticides. Learn what it takes to protect your apple, pear, cherry, peach and plum trees from insects and disease.
(2021) How to help hydrangeas weather a heat wave A heat wave can turn a hydrangea's lush green leaves and beautiful blooms brown and brittle in no time. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here's what gardeners can do to protect hydrangeas from the heat.
(2021) Vegetable Degree-day Models: An Introduction for Farmers and Gardeners
(2020) Buzzing and Beautiful: Designing Pollinator Gardens with OSU Extension A recording of a webinar touring through two new OSU guides to help you garden for pollinators and then ask questions of all the authors. We covered everything from what shrubs to plant, how to use mason bees, shrubs and trees that bloom in winter and some garden designs that look great, attract a wide array of pollinators, but use plants that are readily available in local nurseries.
(2020) Trees and Shrubs for Fall and Winter Bloom
(2020) Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators
(2019) Introduction to Olives in Oregon This webinar is part of the 2019 series of Advanced Training Webinars for Master Gardeners sponsored by Oregon State University Extension.
Heather Stoven and Victoria Binning of the OSU Extension Small Farms Program will introduce olives as both an ornamental and production plant. Can you grow them in Oregon? What conditions do they prefer? They will discuss a little of the history of the trees in the world and in Oregon, growing conditions, and what research OSU Extension is currently conducting with olives.
(2019) Plant Identification Presentation History of Plant Taxonomy, Plant Classification, Scientific Names, Leaf and Flower Characteristics, Dichotomous Keys
(2018) Botany for Gardeners Survey of plants and relevant non-plants; anatomy of plants; Photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration; Plant hormones
(2017) Japanese beetle: A pest to watch for in Oregon
(2015) New pest of brassicas in Oregon: Cabbage whitefly
(2017) Flea beetle infestation, lady bugs to the rescue?
(2021) Japanese Beetles in Oregon
(2022) Winter Vegetable Production on Small Farms and Gardens West of the Cascades
(2022) Gardening with Oregon Native Plants West of the Cascades
(2014) Best Management Practices for Christmas Tree Export (Buenas Prácticas de Manejo para la Exportación de Árboles de Navidad)
(2020) Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards
(2021) What Can I Do with My Small Farm? Selecting an Enterprise for Small Acreages