Metro-area Small Farms Extension Horticulturist
At NWREC since: December, 2005
Duties: Small Farms Extension program leader for Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties
Research and Extension Interests
I provide technical support for small-scale farmers in the Metro area. With the statewide OSU Small Farms team I maintain the OSU Small Farms website and publish the quarterly newsletter Oregon Small Farm News. I offer beginning farmer education through the OSU Growing Farms workshop series every spring. Hybrid online and face-to-face Growing Farms workshops are available starting in 2014. I work with community partners to deliver Small Farm School, a one-day event each September with multiple classroom and field classes. I also teach at and help plan the OSU Small Farms Conference, a one-day statewide conference held every February in Corvallis.
I have collaborated with Dan Sullivan (OSU Soil Scientist) to investigate nitrogen mineralization rates from organic fertilizers and cover crops and develop the OSU Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator funded by WSARE and a partnership with Oregon Tilth. We also completed a WSARE-funded agricultural composting and water quality project.
I am currently working with Len Coop, Jim Myers, Dan Sullivan and Ed Peachey (all of OSU) to develop CROPTIME, a vegetable crop planning tool that will provide degree-day models for many vegetable varieties, and models to predict weed seed development and crop nitrogen uptake. CROPTIME is funded by WSARE and the Clackamas County Extension Innovation fund. The website will be online in early 2015.
I serve as Secretary of the North Willamette Horticulture Society (NWHS) and organize the organic crops section. The NWHS annual meeting includes the organic crop section, vegetable section and berry section, and is held every January at the Event Center in Canby. With Brian Tuck (OSU) I serve as the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program co-coordinator for Oregon.
M.Sc. (distinction) – 1995 - Crop Protection, University of Reading, Reading, England
B.S. – 1991 – Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
I was born in London, England and now live in Canby, Oregon