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Michael O'Loughlin
Works at Clark Public Utilities
Attended Oregon State University
Lives in Tigard, Oregon
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Double sided bench made from recycled pallets http://www.houzz.com/photos/53205903/Green-Building … at the Home and Garden Idea Fair
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I have to admit I did not know what guerilla gardening was until yesterday. According to Wikipedia, “Guerrilla gardening is the act of gardening on land that the gardeners do not have the legal rights to utilize, such as an abandoned site, an area that is not being cared for, or private property. It encompasses…
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Habitat fragmentation if the biggest problem facing wildlife. http://thefarmgardenblog.com/2016/01/22/creating-a-wildlife-corridor/
As we build more housing developments and shopping centers we cut up the existing landscape and create pockets of animal habitat that are often too small to sustain healthy populations for very long. This habitat fragmentation is one of the number one threats to wildlife because it isolates populations of animals causing inbreeding and often…
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As the weather cools and the leaves change color, its time to think about chilly nights and hot buttered rum. This is one of the traditional drinks for our family and most of us leave the rum out. I know, please no hate mail. Ingredients 1 lb butter 1 qt of vanilla bean ice cream…
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Best Crabapple Tree for Attracting and Feeding Birds http://thefarmgardenblog.com/2015/11/16/best-crabapple-tree-for-feeding-birds/
I have tested berried shrubs and trees for years trying to find the best ones to feed birds. If you read the labels at your local nursery you will find that every plant that has a berry also has a tag that says "attracts birds". But this is just marketing copy and very few have any…
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RECIPE: Seared Albacore Tuna with Garlic Olive Zoodles http://thefarmgardenblog.com/2016/04/11/seared-albacore-tuna-with-garlic-olive-zoodles/
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Phacelia tanacetifolia or Lacy Fiddleneck is my favorite insectary plant; attracting honey bees, native bumblebees, solitary bees, parasitic wasps, syrphid flies, and many other beneficial insects. It provides both quality pollen and copious amounts of nectar to these insects and in return you get the benefit of increased pollination and pest management. Because Phacelia is…
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90% of the manrch population has disappeared in the last 25 years  http://thefarmgardenblog.com/2016/01/27/planting-milkweed-in-oregon-for-monarchs/ 
For the first time I saw a monarch at my farm in McMinnville this past summer. And I either saw it on five separate days or I saw up to five of them. And while it is one of the most familiar North American butterflies, and is considered an important pollinator, it is a rare…
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2016 Yamhill County Master Gardener Program Enrolling NOW! Call or visit for details - scholarships available! http://extension.oregonstate.edu/yamhill/sites/default/files/mg/documents/mg.pdf
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This year I decided to grow 11 varieties of peppers including ghost peppers. I turned the bountiful harvest into ghost pepper salsa by modifying a recipe I had. Ingredients 8 lbs fresh tomatoes (Any variety will work) 1½ cups chopped fresh Anaheim chile peppers seeds and all ½ cup chopped bell pepper ½ cup seeded…
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Garden product offers easy solution to common problem  http://thefarmgardenblog.com/2015/11/20/plant-clips-are-a-gardeners-ultimate-friend/ 
Years ago I was asked to review a new garden product called the Ultimate Plant Clip. They are designed to take the place of any number of garden products used to tie up lanky perennials and unruly vines. I thought perhaps the word 'ultimate' might be a little bit of an oversell, but what the…
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Attract birds and other wildlife with natural bird baths. http://thefarmgardenblog.com/2015/11/10/natural-bird-baths-support-more-wildlife/ 
Anyone who gardens knows that water is one of the four important elements needed to attract wildlife. But before you run to the local garden center to buy a man-made cement bowl on a pedestal, you might want to consider a natural birdbath. I have nothing against cement bird baths. At Woodward Gardens we installed a classic…
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Home and garden show producer
Introduction
I manage a home and garden show in Clark County called the Home and Garden Idea Fair as well as handle strategic marketing for small emerging companies.
Bragging rights
2010 #1 Twit in Oregon according to Oreogn Biz Mag, 2010 Tree Steward Award, Lifetime member of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs, Wildlife Steward, OSU Master Gardener volunteer
Education
  • Oregon State University
    Biology - Genetics
  • Jesuit High School
  • Portland State University
    Education
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
Produce home and garden shows and strategic planning for small businesses.
Skills
Marketing
Employment
  • Clark Public Utilities
    Manager of Home and Garden Idea Fair, present
  • Blue Ocean Events
    Produce green festivals and home and garden shows, 2013
  • O'Loughlin Trade Shows
    Portland Home and Garden Show, Portland Fall Home and Garden Show
  • Home and Garden Show Executives International
    Past President
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Tigard, Oregon
Previously
Beaverton, Oregon