Learning Circles

Our first learning circle was held outside of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Ranchers from the area gathered for a day of learning and community building at 6 Ranch, where Liza Jane McAlister and her daughter Adele Schott are the 5th and 6th generations of ranchers on the land. 

Our second learning circle was hosted by Buffalo Peak Land and Livestock at the UVE Hub in Union. Folks from across the region gathered to discuss pasture monitoring and soil health with the ranch owners and Oregon State University Extension.

A group of ranchers in a circle

Next, we travelled out to Baker City, where the Defrees Ranch showed us how they manage the spaces between forests and fields and how they’re rehabilitating leftover dredge tailings.

Ranchers on a hay wagon
Photo credit: Lindsey Willis

Most recently, we were back in Union at Dora’s Gardens, where Soil Scientist Dora Boyd Cohen demonstrated ways to do at-home soil testing, and Carrie Castleton Lowe walked the group through watershed monitoring practices based on her work with the Grande Ronde Community Science Project.


Keep an eye on our events page for more opportunities in northeastern Oregon.