Dry Farming Collaborative

Initiated in the spring of 2016, we are a group of growers, extension educators, plant breeders, and agricultural professionals partnering to increase knowledge and awareness of dry farming management practices with a hands-on participatory approach. In 2017 there are about 30 sites throughout Western Oregon that are hosting dry farming trials

Twelve Dry Farming Collaborative sites will be hosting tours for our field days in August! Come learn about dry farming, see crops (tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melon, zucchini, dry beans, corn, orchard crops) grown with little or no supplemental irrigation in the field

Dry Farming Collaborative Field Days - every Tuesday in August!

Cost: $10/person/date

*click on location below for flyer with more details about field day

If you would like to register for more than one field day click here, otherwise you can register for one at a time with the links below.

August 1stCorvallis

  • OSU Vegetable Research Farm
  • OSU Lewis Brown Farm

Register for Corvallis Field Day

August 8th Eugene/Springfield

  • Last Year’s Rain (Eugene)
  • Moondog’s Farm (Springfield)
  • Taproot Growers (Springfield)

Register for Eugene/Springfield Field Day

August 15th Southern Oregon

  • Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center
  • Ridgeline Meadows Farm

Register for Southern Oregon Field Day

August 22nd Veneta/Elmira

  • Regulus Associates (Elmira)
  • Last Year’s Rain (Veneta)

Register for Veneta/Elmira Field Day

August 29th SW Corvallis & Philomath

  • Gathering Together Farm
  • Sunbow Produce
  • OSU Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture
  • Mary’s River Grange – dry farm themed potluck, melon & tomato tasting

Register for SW Corvallis & Philomath Field Day

2017 Varieties of Interest - ranked based on a survey sent out to the Dry Farming Collaborative in Feb. 2017 in preparation for seed ordering.

Are you experimenting with dry farming? If so, we would love to hear about it! To learn more about this participatory research project and see pics from our 2016 trials, visit the Dry Farming Collaborative page on Facebook and/or contact Amy Garrett to join the email list. Dry farming trial hosts and those interested in learning more about dry farming will be convening this winter for a grower's meeting to share results and discuss future directions for our collaborative research.

First winter Meeting was held on December 6, 2016 at the Mary's River Grange.

2016 DFC Winter Meeting at the Mary's River Grange

2016 Report - summary of results and observations from the dry farming trial at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture.