Javier Fernandez-Salvador is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Oregon State University who joined the OSU Small Farms Program in May 2016 with his main focus being on organic and conventional production systems of pastures, specialty grains, berries and other agronomic and horticultural crops as well as farm food safety and organic regulatory compliance.
Heather Stoven is the Community Horticulturalist and Small Farms Extension Agent for Yamhill County. Her position is housed in McMinnville and she oversees the Master Gardener program, community horticulture and small farms. Her strengths include pest management, plant problem diagnosis, greenhouse growing and nursery crops.
Erica Chernoh, OSU Open Campus Coordinator
Erica Chernoh is a sustainable agriculture specialist. She holds a joint position between Chemeketa Community College, where she is a Horticulture Instructor, and OSU where she works with Extension in Marion and Polk counties and serves as an OSU Open Campus Coordinator. Erica specializes in organic agriculture, vegetable crop production, strawberries, and sustainable soil management, as well as organic certification and food safety.
Victoria Binning, Agriculture Program Coordinator
Victoria Binning is the Agriculture Program Coordinator for Marion County Extension Service. She is excited to work with both the Small Farms program and Community Horticulture. Her diverse background is in sustainable agriculture, children's garden education, fisheries management, and wine.
Eliza Smith, Student Researcher
Eliza Smith is a student at Oregon State University, majoring in Bioresource Research with a focus in plant growth and development, and minoring in Spanish. She comes from a 3rd generation family farm in Woodburn and has worked on farms in various production systems: grass seed, wheat, nursery, vegetable, and berry production. She is also an IOIA-trained organic inspector and an independent consultant for organic certifications and GlobalGAP food safety certifications.
The Mid-Valley Small Farms Program serves commercial small farm entrepreneurs as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. Our focus embraces both organic/biological and conventional farming systems and emphasizes the following areas:
Small Fruit and Berries: Organic and Conventional Production Systems
Addressing the needs of small fruit and berry farmers, both organic and conventional. Providing guidance, advice and resources based on OSU research from the statewide berry program, to promote the success of small producers in the Mid-Willamette Valley.
Latino/Spanish Language or Spanish Speaking Farmers
Bridging the gap for this historically underserved community of farmers in the Mid-Willamette Valley and the State. Providing culturally appropriate classes, workshops, and resources in Spanish for beginner and experienced Latino farmers to be successful in their agricultural ventures.
Addressing and assisting the specific marketing needs of transitional and certified farmers. Provide guidance and training to growers in their efforts to obtain organic or food safety certifications to comply with regulations and better market their agricultural products.
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Addressing soil, pest, and crop production issues for organic and sustainable agriculture systems. Soil and water conservation, IPM, and enhancing biodiversity are emphasized.
What are the needs of small farmers in our region?
The Small Farms team is conducting on-site, in person interviews as part of our needs assessment of farmers in the Mid-Willamette Valley. The objective is to identify how to better serve and provide support to our valuable clientele. We are still looking for more farmers interested in participating. The interview takes 45 minutes and we will meet you at your farm! We are also developing an electronic survey that will be available online for your convenience. Please contact Eliza Smith if interested.