Block B - 10:30am - 12:00pm

Leasing Farmland-Joys & Struggles

Landholders, land seekers, and future land seekers are all welcome to this panel of farmland lessees and lessor as they share their successes and challenges. The panel will address these questions: How do you search for land and negotiate a sale? How do both parties craft a successful lease agreement? How can you build a good landlord/tenant relationship? Presenters: Greg Malinowski, Malinowski Farm; Leah Rodgers Indigo Gardens; Elliot Mason, Ten O’Clock Acres

Efficiency and Ergonomics on the Farm

Farming is a physically demanding job and many of us throw ourselves at it when we’re young with unlimited energy and enthusiasm for the hard work. To make it sustainable for the long haul we also need to be smart about the tools we choose, the systems we set up and the workspaces we create. We’ll look at methods for reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling that are proven to reduce injuries, as well as examples of actual tools and systems used on small farms to get work done efficiently and safely.

Presenters: Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm and Kevin Pfau, Senior Safety Consultant SAIF Corp


Soil Health for the Farm

Many farmers are now experimenting with methods of improving the health or quality of their soil. These methods go beyond just providing adequate chemical availability of N-P-K. This session considers soil health from biological, physical, and chemical viewpoints and considers three or four principles of improving soil health. Presenter: Dean Moberg, Natural Resource Conservation Service


Advanced Forage and Pasture Management

We’ll build on your basic knowledge: stocking density, stocking rate, soil health and fertility, limestone, soil pH and the buffer index, the three types of forages, renovating pastures. Using electric fences, where to place water and minerals, etc. Presenter: Woody Lane, Ph.D., President, Oregon Forage & Grassland Council


Pests and Diseases of Fruit Trees in the Willamette Valley

What is that worm in my fruit and how about those spots?  What can I do about it? Tonia will cover the signs and symptoms of common pests and diseases found on pome fruit (apples and pears) as well as; grapes, blueberries and stone fruits (plums, peaches, cherries) in the Willamette Valley.  We will talk about the best organic management practices that you can use in your home orchards and small farms.

Presenter: Tonia Lordy, Home Orchard Society


Raising Ducks and Geese

Get more from your poultry by adding ducks and/or geese to the flock. Dave Holderread will share a lifetime of experience in raising waterfowl, as well as his passion for preserving rare breeds. If you are interested in waterfowl, you don't want to miss this opportunity to learn and ask questions. Presenter: Dave Holderread, Holderread Waterfowl Farm and Preservation Center


Food Safety for Small-Scale Growers

It would be terrible for any farm if their products made customers sick. Very small farms are exempt from new FDA Rules concerning food safety, unless they cause an outbreak. It is still important to understand basic on-farm food safety practices to avoid problems. There are many simple and affordable steps you can take to improve the safety of your produce. Luisa will introduce some of the main food-safety objectives in the new FDA rules, and explain the exemptions for small-scale farms. Rowan will discuss the straight-forward and common-sense practices they use at the Headwaters Incubator Program for beginning farmers. Presenters: Luisa Santamaria, OSU Extension; Rowan Steele, Headwaters Incubator Program East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and Kate Allen, Produce Safety Network FDA