Hood River Watershed Group hosts “Irrigation Modernization in Hood River and Beyond,” a Zoom presentation, on Jan. 26 from 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration for the meeting is requested at us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrd-qqrTMvGtyzBAoj5j6lOE7_w5KabTiD.

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... And how lovely will it be to put your basket in the crook of your arm and pluck those gorgeously perfect vegetables, or flowers from their stems for a lovely arrangement?! Okay, I think that might have been a scene from a movie I saw once.

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Poinsettia and Christmas cactus are the quintessential holiday plants. Whether you purchase them or are the lucky recipient of a lovely floral gift, keeping them happy after the tree is gone and decorations packed away, doesn’t take much.

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Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over.” Most of us understand the value of water, and depending on where you live, you may have a lot of water or very little. We don’t know a lot about groundwater and how long it will sustain us as we continue t…

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OSU Hood River County Extension Central Gorge Master Gardeners attended a pruning and thinning clinic in the Japanese Heritage Garden, located at the OSU Hood River County Extension Service grounds, on Nov. 7. This learning opportunity was presented by Portland Japanese Garden curator and Ja…

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I don’t know about you, but the idea of fall house cleaning is not high on my bucket list. Now, don’t get me wrong, I clean house … on occasion, but it’s my garden that requires my attention now. The dust bunnies can wait!

Native plant sales are now open for all three Central Columbia Gorge Conservation Districts (Hood River and Wasco in Oregon and Underwood in Washington). Each conservation district is hosting their own sale, offering a wide range of low-cost native plant species.

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I’ve been thinking about how different the holidays may look for most of us this year — if you’re used to having a large gathering and this year it’s pared down to just a few, you may find yourself much less stressed and with a little extra time on your hands, hallelujah! I’m thinking this m…

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Just as you’ve worked your way through “500 Ways to Cook Zucchini and Tomatoes,” the Equinox thankfully rolls around and you can finally begin to compost all those spent plants.

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Fall is approaching and the snow in the mountains is gone, temperatures are warm, and water levels in local streams and rivers are low. Snowpack and precipitation continue to be below normal and temperatures are above normal, causing a strain on local water supplies, impacting fish habitat a…

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The Hood River County fruit harvest is in full swing. The first two photos above, of Boscs in Odell and apples in Pine Grove, were taken before the onset of wildfire smoke, and orchardists have had to respond to the air quality crisis to safeguard workers’ safety as the harvest continues.

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This spring, new and experienced gardeners alike took to their yards, raised beds, planter pots, and garden plots with excitement and anticipation. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders, many people found respite, relief and renewed optimism by spending some time in the g…

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A collaborative partnership among several Gorge organizations, including The Next Door, One Community Health, and local health departments, has sparked #Esencial. The campaign is meant to remind us how important migrant and seasonal farmworkers are to our food industry and community and to k…

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White Salmon — Local, state, and tribal partners are exploring if the White Salmon River could be used as an alternative source for drinking water during the summer.

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The seventh Annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest has been canceled for 2020, organizers for the event announced Thursday in a press release. The event, which is sponsored by FruitSmart and the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, was scheduled for May 30 after originally being postpon…

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Four Master Gardeners are recipients of the Master Gardener of the Year and Behind the Scenes Awards for their contributions to the OSU Extension Central Gorge Master Gardener program.

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The Hood River County Fair has gone the way so many other spring and summer events in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A crucial aspect of a successful harvest is having childcare in place for essential workers, and COVID-19 has forced significant modifications this year.

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We are saddened that we were unable to have a celebration this May, but FISH has also been gravely impeded by COVID-19 pandemic. One of our goals and wishes in designing our new building was to have an open waiting and shopping area that provides food choices for our clients. We succeeded in…

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OSU Hood River County Central Gorge Master Gardeners will offer a free virtual summer gardening seminar series called “Gardening to Save the World.” These one hour seminars will be presented by OSU professors and staff through a Zoom webinar format.

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Stilmour farm is home to over 60 chickens, four pigs, three goats, three honeybee hives, three composting worm bins, five cats and dogs. And there’s stil-mour.

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 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) closed recreational hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming to all non-residents as of Friday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m. This response is due to concern over travel to rural areas of Oregon in order to participate in these activities. Restrictions …

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The FISH Food Bank Garden is in need of items to assist with growing of nutritious vegetables for FISH Food Bank clients this summer:

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National FFA Week is Feb. 22-29. Chapters around the country are making plans to celebrate in their own creative ways. The Hood River  Valley FFA Chapter has an impressive roster of FFA Week festivities. FFA Week is an opportunity to introduce our school and community to  FFA. 

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Community members  interested in learning more about garden-related topics are invited to attend the next Oregon State University Extension Service Central Gorge Master Gardener training program community class, held Feb. 26 from 6-9 p.m. at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Cre…

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Rogue Farm Corps and co-sponsor BMCC Small Business Development Center hosts “Changing Hands: A Workshop on Farm Transfer and Access to Land” on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blue Mt. Community College, Pendleton campus, Morrow building, rooms M7-M8.

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In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service has implemented a new statewide fire program to facilitate forest and range management plans for reducing fire risk.  The program will also promote increased understanding of fire risk and methods for managi…

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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