Marion County Extension & 4-H Service District
The district's purpose is to build a stronger economy by fostering successful agriculture and forestry businesses; healthy youth and families; sustainable communities; and natural resources with education services including:
- Applied research for farmers, family forest owners, and nursery growers to solve disease, insect, production and conservation challenges.
- Volunteer-lead programs, such as 4-H, after-school, camps, Master Gardener, Master Food Preserver, food safety, nutrition, Master Woodland Manager, and Master Naturalist.
- Small farm development for food supply, community and school gardens, farmers markets, and agritourism.
- Noxious weed management to protect city and rural watershed health.
On May 19, 2015, Marion County voters approved the formation of the Marion County Extension and 4-H Service District, which established a property tax rate of $0.05 per $1,000 assessed value to fund Extension programs. The district serves all 20 incorporated cities, as well as the unincorporated areas of Marion County and works in cooperation with Oregon State University Extension Service to bring important services and supports to local residents. (Feasibility Study)
The Marion County Board of Commissioners serves as the governing board for the district as directed by state statute (ORS 451.485). Community Services Department Director Tamra Goettsch serves as the District Administrative Officer and Budget Officer. In addition, financial, legal, clerical, treasurer, and procurement services are provided by county positions.
The annual budget and completed audit are available to the public.
Marion County Community Services
Tamra Goettsch, Director
555 Court Street NE, Suite 3120
Salem, OR 97301
OSU Extension and 4-H Services