Metro-area Small Farms Extension Horticulturist
At NWREC since: December, 2005
Duties: Small Farms Extension program leader for Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties
General Small Farms Programs
- General small farm information is available on the OSU Small Farms website.
- Stay up to date on events and workshops by subscribing to Oregon Small Farm News, our quarterly on-line newsletter.
- The OSU Growing Farms workshop series is offered at NWREC most years in the spring. This series is a hybrid online and face-to-face workshop. Consider signing up for the next Growing Farms series to learn more about starting a small-scale farm. You can also take this purely online.
- The NWREC Learning Farm offers specific workshops for small-scale vegetable growers. Topics vary from year to year, but can include soil health, organic nutrient management, cover crops, composting, insect management, etc.. We are developing a small-scale packing shed that complies with the new food safety requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act now administered by the FDA.
- Small Farm School is a one-day event each September at Clackamas Community College. We offer multiple classroom and field classes.
- The OSU Small Farms Conference is a large one-day conference attracting about 900 people each year. Workshop topics vary, this is a great place to learn new information and meet other small-scale farmers. The Small Farms Conference is on the third Saturdy in February every year in Corvallis.
Organic Vegetable Research & Extension
- Croptime can help vegetable growers use degree-days to schedule vegetable plantings and predict harvest dates using degree-day models rather than calendar day estimates from most seed catalogs
- The OSU Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator is useful after you have taken a soil test and developed a fertilizer plan. The Calculator helps you to predict plant-available nitrogen (PAN) released by cover crops and organic fertilizers. It also helps you choose the most cost effective supplemental fertilizers for P, K, B and any other nutrients you may need. Development of the Calculator was funded by WSARE and a partnership with Oregon Tilth.
- The agricultural composting and water quality website provides information about protecting water quality at composting sites. If you are interested in composting, consider taking our ACRES composting workshop.
- Nick serves as Secretary of the North Willamette Horticulture Society (NWHS) and helps to organize the organic crops section at the annual meeting every January in Canby. The NWHS annual meeting includes the organic crop section, vegetable section and berry section.
- Nick and Maud Powell (OSU) also serve as the USDA Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Sustainable Agriculture co-coordinators for Oregon.
M.Sc. (distinction) – 1995 - Crop Protection: Entomology, University of Reading, Reading, England
B.S. – 1991 – Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Nick was born in London, England and moved to Portland with his parents as a boy in 1975. He returned to England for graduate school, and worked as a vegetable entomologist for ADAS, the privatized UK extension service. He returned to the US in 1999 and has worked as an IPM consultant in Hood River working in tree fruit orchards, an Organic inspector for Oregon Tilth, and with OSU Extension since 2005. Nick now lives in Eugene, Oregon