It’s Earth Day and let’s celebrate by visiting a productive small woodland tree farm.
Our hosts for the day are Pat and Karen Karger on their tree farm near Gaston Oregon.
Terry Lamers has traveled the world gathering information about chain saws. He will share his extensive knowledge with us. Bring your chain saw and Terry guarantees he will show you something you did not know and maybe your saw will cut better and safer as a result.
Taylor Larson has been learning how to tap our local Big Leaf Maple for the making of maple syrup. A way for you to create a great Christmas gift or maybe even makes some money from a new secondary product. Terry will demonstrate how to tap a maple and the equipment you will need to do it yourself.
Jim Merzenich will show us how to make a small oak log produce Shitake mushrooms. If you ever wanted to create your own mushroom crop, this may be for you. Jim will share what you need to start your own crop.
Co-op members will demonstrate how to split and bundle firewood for the OWC firewood program. This may be a way for you to make money from young stands, logging debris and hardwoods.
A tour of the Karger Tree farm will also be included in the day’s activities.
Make this Earth Day a rewarding experience. After all, for a tree farmer every day is Earth Day
From Gaston, travel South on Hwy 47 3.8 miles to the junction of Cove Orchard Road, travel .7 mile to the tree farm entrance on the left.
From Yamhill, travel north on Hwy 47 3.9 miles to the junction of Cove Orchard Road, travel .2 miles to the tree farm entrance.
Watch for OWC tree Farm signs (22700 Cove Orchard Road). Stay on the driveway up the hill 1/4 mile to the meeting location.
Bring a side dish of dessert, salad or casserole you want to share. The Co-op will provide the main dish.
Amy.Grotta at oregonstate.edu
Forestry & Natrl Res Ext