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Berggren Bugscaping Workshop, August 15

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 02, 2012 12:35 PM

A look at agricultural practices that promote healthy pollinators and other beneficial insects.

 

The Farmscaping for Beneficials Project of the Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) at Oregon State University (OSU), along with the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) and Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development invite you to an afternoon of discovery and planning with native plants and beneficial insects Wednesday, August 15th from 10 to 1 PM at the Berggren Demonstration Farm.

This workshop will focus on farming practices that promote healthy pollinators and beneficial insects, and how to include them in your farm production plan.

Come join Gwendolyn Ellen (IPPC, Farmscaping for Beneficials Program Coordinator) and participants in an educational tour of the Berggren Demonstration Farm and a rousing round of the Bugscaping Game. The game is an interactive planning exercise that utilizes thinking of the farm as an agro-ecological whole and facilitates the exchange of participants’ experiential knowledge and impressions of specific conservation methods over the seasons. It helps farmers plan and implement on-farm practices that can increase agricultural biodiversity that helps keep naturally occurring pollinators and beneficial insects on the farm. We will be “Bugscaping” areas of the demonstration farm.

The Berggren Watershed Conservation Area (BWCA) is a 92-acre property on the lower McKenzie River near Walterville. Along with 60 acres of riparian habitat along the river, the BWCA is the site of the Berggren Demonstration Farm, a collaborative project between EWEB, the McKenzie River Trust, and Cascade Pacific RC&D. The farm’s goal is to demonstrate and promote watershed and habitat-friendly agricultural practices, and to serve as an educational venue for students and beginning farmers.

The Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) was formed in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) in 1967, and has been conducting research and outreach in state, national and international settings ever since. The IPPC works to implement integrated pest management (IPM) practices wherever these are needed. This US program of implementation is guided by the National Roadmap for IPM, with goals to develop economically sustainable pest management with lower costs to human health and to the environment. IPPC’s 8 year old, Farmscaping for Beneficials Program conducts farmer-centric research in conservation biological control and facilitates the promotion