OAN’s Willamette Chapter just made a sizable deposit into its educational fund — and an investment in the green industry’s future workforce. The chapter raised $4,700 at its annual plant sale, which took place this past April 26–27 at the Oregon Ag Fest in Salem. The money will be used to grow and train a […]
April Digger showcases creative containers
Hot off the press, the April issue of Digger showcases the nearly limitless planting possibilities when gardening in pots, boxes and hanging baskets. Click here to read the article (PDF). Other articles in the issue include: • “For the birds” (PDF) — Mike Darcy calls for a common-sense response to the recent controversy surrounding Nandina domestica […]
Welcome OAN’s new publications assistant
Join us in welcoming Peter Szymczak (pronounced “Sim-chak”) to the OAN staff! Peter is the former editor of Northwest Palate Magazine and a frequent contributor to The Oregonian and other regional periodicals. As publications assistant, Peter will design and write for Digger, compile the weekly Member Update e-newsletter, and assist senior manager of publications Curt […]
Horticulture classes this fall
Chemeketa Community College has announced several classes in horticulture, landscaping and agribusiness on its fall schedule. Among them are classes on growing media, green roofs/green walls, ecological design for water treatment, urban applications in ecological horticulture, and more. Check out the offerings on Chemeketa’s Hort Department Web page (scroll down to see fall classes).
The pros and cons of furloughs
Sad though it may be, many employers resorting to layoffs and terminations as a means to reducing costs. After all, labor is the largest expense for many employers. During the current recession, a different option has become increasingly popular. Furloughs are mandatory, unpaid time off for a larger group of employees. Unlike layoffs, furloughs keep […]
Nurseries: the next generation
Do you know a young person who might be willing to consider a career in nurseries, or just agriculture in general? www.thelandlovers.org is a nifty new site that provides information about the different careers that are available. A tip of the hat to Chris Guntermann for letting us know about this well-made and informative site.