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A local rite of summer is the annual Community Open House at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center at 15210 Miley Road near Aurora.

This year's event will be Wednesday, July 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

The NWREC Open House offers the public a chance to see the latest technology in farming and food production. Research and outreach faculty and staff from NWREC are on hand with displays, demonstrations, and explain their work with hazelnuts, berry crops, vegetable production, Christmas trees, nursery and greenhouse production, pest management, and small scale farming. SUBMITTED IMAGE - A local rite of summer is the annual Community Open House at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center at 15210 Miley Road near Aurora.

A special feature each year is the hay wagon farm tours that depart every 45 minutes beginning at 4:15 p.m. Tractor driving will be available again this year.

Berry tasting — comparing the latest varieties being developed — is another popular activity. Fresh vegetables are available for sale, too. OSU Master Gardeners will be present to answer your home landscape and gardening questions. OSU Family Food Educators will share tips and ideas for proper food preservation and canning methods—plus tasty treats!

The Open House is a fun and educational event for all ages. Special youth activities are organized by the Master Gardeners. The Canby High School Future Farmers of America students and parents will be grilling for anyone interested in enjoying dinner during your time at NWREC.

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