2011 Small Farms Conference



2011 Full Registration Brochure


Online registration is now closed, you may still register at the door for $55 per person. The registration desk will open an 8:00am sharp!


The conference will not be affected by the weather and will happen as planned, individuals are encouraged to monitor the weather and road conditions.

Which classes do you plan to attend



9:00 am to 10:00 am

Keynote: The Next Wave of Change in Agriculture, the Food System & Rural America

Small farms are creating a wave of change in the farm and food system that offers rural people and communities the opportunity to retake control of their destiny. Public research and federal policy have driven industrialization of agriculture and undermined family farms and rural communities. Now, American consumers are voting with their dollars for a new approach. Public policies can be changed. Chuck Hassebrook, Center for Rural Affairs.


Concurrent Sessions

10:30 am to 11:45 am

  • A Conversation with Chuck Hassebrook
  • Use FoodHub to Build Your Wholesale Business
  • Marketing Your Produce: Weaving Together Multiple Sales Channels
  • The Farmer to Shopper Connection: Increase Sales with Farm Direct Checks & WIC Fruit & Veggie
  • Production Challenges for Niche Meat Markets
  • Food Safety on the Farm: An Introduction to Good Agricultural Practices
  • Is That Really Old MacDonald’s Tomato? Why andHow to Conduct Farm Visits

11:45 pm to 12:45 pm Lunch
Legalities of Farm Internships: A Lunch-Time Update with Stu O’Neill, Rogue Farm Corps. One year ago, ODA Director Katy Coba fielded a question about on-farm internships following her capnote address. As a result, ODA and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry have been discussing this topic, which is relevant to many small- and medium-scale farms.  O’Neill has extensively researched options for making farm internships legal and met with a variety of stakeholders and decision makers during the year. He will update the audience at this informal lunchtime presentation.


1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Congressman Kurt Schrader, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 representing Oregon’s 5th District. Congressman Schrader currently serves as a member of the House Committee on Agriculture. He is a veterinarian and farmer who lives with his wife Martha on their Three Rivers Farm in Canby.


2:30 pm to 3:45 pm

  • Projects, Partners, and Policy: Changing Oregon’s Food and Agricultural System
  • Farm Stay U.S.: Growing Farm Stay Agritourism in the Pacific Northwest
  • Multi-Farm Community Supported Agriculture:Sharing the Risks and Rewards of CSAs
  • Nitrogen Management & Cover Cropping
  • Meat and Poultry Processing: Relationships, Costs, and DIY
  • Oregon Farm Direct Bill and Farmers’ Markets
  • Farm Energy Success Stories

4:00 pm to 5:15 pm

  • Measuring the Economic Impacts of Local Food
  • Niche Meat Markets: From First Date to Lasting Relationship
  • Keys to Quality:Post-Harvest Handling
  • Managing Wildlife Opportunities and Challenges on Your Land
  • How Do You Make Soils Exciting?
  • Marketing Your Market to Bring in More SNAP Customers
  • Growing and Selling Produce, Livestock, Value-Added Farm Products: Do I Need a License?


6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Young Farmers Social

After the conference, come on out and relax with your fellow young farmers. Get to know your neighbor, maybe there are ways we can support, encourage, or advise each other. I'm planning on being a part of this new local food system, and you may be as well. Let's get together and celebrate!Bring a potluck dish if you can, but don't miss out if you can't. There will be a big pot of soup and a fresh salad for you salad snobs. :) Find directions here: http://marysrivergrange.org/directions.html



Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be made (minus a $10 processing fee) to those who notify our office by 12:00pm on Feb. 18th, 2011. After that time we are unable to process refunds.


Northwest AgrAbility Workshop
Corvallis, Oregon ~ February 24-25, 2011

AgrAbility supports a high quality lifestyle for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. Through education and assistance, AgrAbility helps to minimize or eliminate obstacles that inhibit success in production agriculture or agriculture-related vocations.

AgrAbility addresses concerns such as arthritis, back pain, and behavioral health issues as well as traumatic injuries, such as amputations and spinal cord injuries.