SOP 11 – The Legacy and Promise of Land Grant Universities and Oregon State University Extension in the Gorge

by | SOP 11

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Lecture Description:

After more than a century in existence, what have we learned from local Extension Services? When Ann Harris interviewed for her position at OSU Extension, she had no idea what a “land grant” university was. She also didn’t know how the Extension service connected to the university, but that’s no longer the case. From the complex history that established land-grant universities to the present day programs that provide research-based support for our economy, what impact have Extension services had on local communities like the Gorge and how have they affected our region as a whole? Join Ann Harris from OSU Extension, as she shares pictures and stories of the local Gorge Extension. From Master Gardener classes to 4-H and food preservation.

Ann Harris is the Open Campus Education Coordinator for OSU Extension in the Gorge. She grew up in Southern California and moved with her family here 23 years ago. “My husband Mike and I came to the Gorge because we were looking for a home where we could envision raising our kids with a true sense of place and belonging in nature and in the community”. Ann has worked in social services and in education and is an active community and church volunteer.