Heather Stoven is the Community Horticulturalist and Small Farms Extension Agent for Oregon State University serving Yamhill County. She has a Master of Science degree in integrated pest management from UC Davis and her strengths include pest management, plant problem diagnosis, greenhouse growing and nursery crops.
Encouraging Beneficial Insects in the Landscape. Wherever there are plants, there are also insects associated with them. Fortunately for us, many of these insects are beneficial and can be encouraged to thrive in our yards. Learn about beneficial insects commonly found in the garden and how they provide assistance to us by protecting our plants from pests through biological control, as well as pollinating our food. Also, we will learn how to provide habitat and other crucial resources to encourage these insects so we are able to receive their benefits in the landscape.