OREGON CITY- Persons interested in sprouting a new career in Oregon's high-value horticulture and nursery industries can learn the basics of start-up, marketing and production during two Saturday workshops in November.

Brian Tuck, a small farms specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service office in Clackamas County, said "The Business of Horticulture Workshop" will address the production and marketing of such high-value Willamette Valley crops as medicinal herbs, Christmas trees, caneberries, mushrooms, grapes, cut flowers, garlic, bamboo and strawberries.

The workshops will be Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 in the Gregory Forum at Clackamas Community College in Oregon. Each will begin with check-in at 8 a.m. Seminars start at 9 a.m. and will include:

  • How to get started 
  • here to obtain financing
  • Marketing
  • What it takes to start an organic production
  • Where to get technical support

The two-Saturday program costs $75 for individuals or $110 for each couple. The fee covers lunch, an information packet and break-time refreshments. Pre-registration is required by Friday, Nov. 5.

For more information, or to register for "The Business of Horticulture Workshop," call the OSU Clackamas County Extension office at 503-655-8631.

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Brian Tuck, 503-650-3126