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Free garden classes, soil testing, advice

The Oregon State University Extension Service is offering free gardening classes for residents of Clackamas County with any level of knowledge and experience.

The classes are offered each year in the fall, this year from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.

Besides the 25-minute classes, OSU Master Gardeners will answer all questions brought to them. In addition, anyone who brings up to six soil samples can have them tested free for acidity or alkalinity.

After the test results are received, advice is available for each soil sample tested.

For information on the event and taking samples, consult the brochure “Testing Soil pH” 10-Minute University at cmastergardeners.org.

Fire restrictions end in Mt. Hood forest

Restrictions have been removed for the Mt. Hood National Forest on campfires in dispersed camps, smoking outside of buildings and off-highway vehicle use east of Highway 35.

In addition, it is now legal to operate chainsaws and other industrial equipment during the afternoon hours.

The Mt. Hood National Forest had fewer human caused fires this year compared with previous years.

For information about fire conditions, visit fs.usda.gov/mthood.

Take a family trip to experience history

For the past 38 years, Philip Foster Farm, about five miles south of Sandy on Highway 211, has celebrated fall with a cider squeeze.

The event is a day filled with crafts, food, music and history-inspired activities. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the farm, 29912 Highway 211 in Eagle Creek.

Farm visitors may bring their own apples to press into cider, press the farm’s apples or just buy cider.

In addition, there will be tours of a 19th-century home, 1860s barn, wagon shed and a living history log cabin. Blacksmithing and woodstove cooking demonstrations also are on the day’s agenda.

For more information, call 503-637-6324 or email fosterfarmevents@rconnects.com.

Biz survey attempts to increase exports

Clackamas County has designed a survey to help determine what business services are needed, which Clackamas County companies would benefit and how best to develop a comprehensive map of county supply chains.

Over the next few weeks, Clackamas County Business and Economic Development will contact more than 3,500 businesses, including those that export or may be interested in exporting.

The goal is to increase exports, prompt expansion of local businesses and promote job growth.

For more information, contact Cindy Hagen at cindyhag@clackamas.us.

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