In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Module 3: It’s time to get Ready in the online course Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event has been launched. In this session, you’ll be taking a look at the things you can do now to be able to plan, prepare, respond and rebuild before, during and after the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. Especially relevant now are the emotional and mental health resources in this module to help improve response and resiliency in these stressful times. Alan Dennis’ Cascadia Simulation from Module 2 provides the basis for Session 3.3. Learn through an articulate overlay ways to assess risk in a home so you can make plans and take actions to reduce or limit injury or damage. If you have some DYI tools and skills, basic instructions and plans for small to medium difficulty projects are available in Module 3 Resources.

Module 4: Professional Level Basics will be released next week!

Resource roundup

Extension’s Role in Supporting the CDC 

Tuesday March 31, 2020, 10:00 a.m. PDT
Register at:

Webinar sponsored by the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

During this webinar, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide resources and tools for Extension professionals regarding COVID-19. During the current pandemic, it is essential that Extension leverages its local connections to provide consistent and accurate information to communities across the U.S. The CDC will answer questions submitted during registration. This webinar will not be recorded and registration to attend is required.

The Center for Public Issues Education from University of Florida/IFAS conducted a national public opinion survey to examine the perceptions of Americans related to COVID-19. The PIE Center has plans to continue public opinion surveys related to COVID-19 throughout the next few months. Learn more below about findings from the survey and how the findings can be applied to your organization’s communication efforts.

National System Dialogue Opportunity – Q: What is the National Action Dialogue? A: An online community of Extension Professionals (116 and growing) that is currently exploring a Community-Based Programming in the Digital Networked COVID-19 Age. Other conversations to follow. To learn more and join, go to:

National Action Dialogue – Community Based Programming in the Digital Networked COVID-19 Age: Part 2
April 1, 2020
3-4:30 PM ET
Available to: All Cooperative Extension Professionals
The top issues from Part 1 (March 26) will be explored more deeply by breakout groups to share strategies for addressing these issues and potential needs to address the issues. Link to register

Virtual Extension

OSU Extension’s educational outreach teams — PACE, EESC and ECTU – have released a major update to the Virtual Extension webpage on the Extension Employee Intranet.

Virtual Extension complements OSU’s Keep Working and Keep Teaching websites, with information specific to our Extension and Engagement context. The webpage features a list of resources to help you:

  • Take your work online using the right tools for the right tasks
  • Connect with your audiences in new and creative ways
  • See what others in Extension are doing to respond, adapt and innovate

Virtual Extension will be highlighted in next week’s First Monday video. In the meantime, the Virtual Extension team seeks your feedback, and for you to share your needs and ideas so we can work together through this current situation and position us for even more ways to serve Oregonians in the future.

The button link toward the bottom of the page is the best way to connect with the teams about:

  • Requesting tool and technology help
  • Shifting to remote and online delivery, including outreach strategies
  • Providing feedback on Virtual Extension resources and sharing your success stories

Recent Additions to the Extension Catalog

In an effort to reduce statewide emails we will now be announcing new catalog items here.

EC 631, Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards
Jay Pscheidt, Heather Stoven, Ashley Thompson, Brooke Edmunds, Nik Wiman, Richard Hilton
Revised. This pest management guide is for the home gardener. It recommends management practices for controlling diseases and insects in home orchards. It doesn’t meet the exacting requirements of the commercial fruit grower.

EM 9274, Is Starting a Farm Stand Right for You?
Maud Powell, Melissa Fery
New. Learn what’s needed to start a farm stand business on your farm, from how to get land-use permits to make sure your farm stand is legal, to the details of the business, like developing a marketing plan and making road signs to draw customers to your stand. There are also some thoughts on the importance of having a web presence to help keep the customers coming.

EM 9284, Cascadia Actions Steps: It’s Time to Get Ready
Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, Patrick Corcoran, Lauren Kramer
New. This checklist is a companion piece for Oregon State University Extension Service’s free online training, Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. The training program ( is open to everyone. It includes videos, narrated presentations, virtual reality simulations, interactive maps, articles and other resources exploring what the earthquake and tsunami will be like and how those affected can manage the subsequent recovery.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Update

Want to learn more and share ideas about how to transition your Extension programs online? Then join Cub Kahn, hybrid course design expert at our Center for Teaching and Learning, and your colleagues on Thursday April 9th at noon for the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Follow this link for our Zoom room:  For more information or questions please contact Mary Halbleib.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Time to expand on last CRM post about “Request For Information” forms on Extension website pages.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Under the Blacklight Part II: The Intersectional Failures that COVID Lays Bare
Part II of this discussion will feature disability rights activist, Dara Baldwin, media critic, Janine Jackson, restaurant workers’ advocate, Saru Jayaraman, international climate activist and author, Naomi Klein, and the award-winning author, Kiese Laymon. Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Register and read more about the panelists here.
(A recording of Under The Blacklight, Part 1 can be found here.)

The Neighborhood: A Virtual Hub for LGBTQ+ Families

A virtual resource for building community, education, and entertainment for LGBTQ+ parents and families amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Attend or submit an event today! Online workshops this week include Financial Planning During Turbulent Times, LGBTQ+ Paths to Pregnancy and a QPOC and Partners Peer Support Space.

DEI In the News

‘I Will Not Apologize for My Needs’ (New York Times)
Times of crisis ask us who we are as a country. As hospitals prepare for shortages in ventilators and other scarce medical resources, many people with disabilities are worried about the answer to that question.

How Do You Shelter in Place When You Don’t Have a Home? (New Yorker)
“Homeless people are ten times more susceptible to COVID-19, by the fact they have nowhere to go and to clean themselves,” he said. Public-health scholars, such as Randall Kuhn, a professor at U.C.L.A.’s Fielding School of Public Health, have argued that once the virus reaches the homeless population, it could ravage that community; this, in turn, would increase infection in the general population.

‘Professoring’ While Black: Strategies for Thriving in the White Professoriate (Diverse Edu)
From navigating the graduate school and post-doctoral processes, disparate treatment as contingent faculty, thriving on the tenure track, to earning and being respected as full, distinguished, and or endowed professors and the overall lack of Black faculty representation in the professoriate. A bourgeoning literature base has begun to evolve to address this gap, the Black professoriate, in the scholarship.

Extension in the News

Fearing Shortages, People Are Planting More Vegetable Gardens
There has been a surge of people interested in growing their own food. Oregon State University’s Master Gardener program noticed this, and made their online vegetable gardening course free through the end of April. Their post on Facebook was shared more than 21,000 times.

OSU Master Gardener Program Offers Free Vegetable Course
With “Stay at Home” orders in place more people are finding themselves with extra time on their hands, and an interest in growing their own food. In response, Oregon State University’s Extension Program is offering a free course to get folks started.

Soil proprietorship: The plot thickens
Las Cruces News
“Seed to Supper: A beginner’s guide to low-cost vegetable gardening” is an amazing new resource. First developed by the Oregon State University Extension Service in collaboration with the Oregon Food Bank, these materials were adapted by NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service for gardening in New Mexico.

How to Grow and Harvest Rhubarb at Home
Martha Stewart Living
According to a guide from Oregon State University, a robust five-year-old plant will grow up to 10 choice stalks; a classic Rhubarb Pie recipe calls for six cups chopped—or about 15 stalks.

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