Southern Willamette Valley Program

For the South Valley Small Farms program including Benton, Linn, Lane, and Polk counties.

Exploring the Small Farm Dream 2019

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? 

 Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.

What to expect:

  • Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
  • Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
  • Learn about farm business finances to help form and fund your dream.
  • An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?
If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity. 

Dates, times and locations:

Linn County Extension Office 33630 McFarland Rd, Tangent, OR 97389

  • Tuesday January 29th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Thursday February 7th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday February 12th,  5:30 - 8:00pm


$60 per person or $75 for two farm partners.  Scholarships may be available, please contact Teagan: or 541-766-3553

Small Farm

Living on the Land Class Series


Living on the Land is a class series for landowners new to managing small-scale livestock farms.

There are 4 classes in the series. This program is sponsored by the OSU Extension Service Small Farms program and Linn Soil & Water Conservation District.

TIME: All classes will be held from 6:00-8:00pm

October 4 – Weed Management

  • Learn about management strategies for common weeds on your land.

October 11 – Soil Health & Water Resources

  • Learn the basics of planning for natural resource management, including soil health and water resources.

October 18 – Pasture & Grazing Management

  • Make the most of your pasture by learning how grass plants grow, rotational grazing, nutrient and winter-time management.

October 25 – Mud, Manure and Composting

  • Consider ways to deal with mud accumulation in the winter and how to handle manure resources through composting and land application.

Location: ZCBJ Hall 38704 N. Main Street Scio, OR 97374

Tuition $25/person for entire class series.

Scholarships available, contact Teagan. Email: Phone: 541-766-3553

Dairy Goat Day 2018

November 3rd, 2018

8:00am - 4:30pm

Pleasant Hill High School, 36386 OR-58, Pleasant Hill, Oregon

Sponsored by Emerald Dairy Goat Association & OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program

Classes, displays, and hands-on learning in a friendly, low-key setting will strengthen your goat confidence and know-how.  If you are an experienced “goat person” or you hope, to be, this event is for you! 

Cost: $25/Person or $40 for two people from the same farm.  4H Youth can attend for $5. 

To register please LINK HERE. For questions please contact or call (541) 766-3553


8:00 - 9:00 am     Check-in and refreshments

9:00 - 9:15           Welcome

9:15-9:30             Transition to Session 1

Session 1: 9:30 -11:00

  • Adventures with Pack Goats, Wayne Sherrard  
  • Common Diseases of Goats, Dr. Charles Estill
  • Getting Started with Milk Certification Part 1, Kathy Sackman

Session 2: 11:15 -12:45    

  • Cheese Making for the Home, Dairy, Kristina Keedy
  • Managing Internal Parasites, Dr. Charles Estill     
  • Getting Started with Milk Certification Part 2, Kathy Sackman

Lunch (bring a Sack Lunch) 12:45 - 2:00 

  • Visit with vendors
  • Demonstration: “How to build an inexpensive milk stand from PVC”, Becky Gee

Session 3: 2:00 - 3:00                       

  • Livestock Guardian Animals, Meg Hicks         
  • Herbal Nutrition & Health for Goats Part 1, Katherine Drovdahl   
  • Pasture Management, Melissa Fery      

Break: 3:00- 3:30 Last chance to check in with exhibitors 

Session 4: 3:30 - 4:30       

  • Raising Goats for Meat, Meg Hicks    
  • Herbal Nutrition & Health for Goats Part 2, Katherine Drovdahl   
  • Finessing Freshening: The 123s of Milking, Sage Rosene

Session Descriptions: 

Getting Started with Milk Certification Part 1 and 2 Kathy Sackman, Washington DHIA. Learn the essentials of becoming a certified milk tester.  Take the certification test or renew your current certification.  Plan to attend both sessions, Part 1 and 2 to complete the certification process.

Common Diseases of Goats Dr. Charles Estill, OSU Extension Veterinarian. Learn about the common diseases that affect goats in the Pacific Northwest.  We’ll  cover prevention and treatment options to help keep your goats healthy.

Managing Internal Parasites Dr. Charles Estill, OSU Extension Veterinarian. Internal parasites are a concern for a majority of goat owners. Topics in this class will include parasite life cycles, how to recognize parasitic infections, resistance to dewormers and researched treatment options.

Pasture Management Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Small Farms Faculty. If you are unhappy with the current condition of your farm’s pastures, plan to attend this session. We’ll discuss basic management strategies for more productive, healthy pastures for your livestock.

Finessing Freshening: The 123s of Milking and Handling Sage Rosene, Emerald Dairy Goat Association. This session is perfect for new goat owners who would like to learn proper technique for safely milking does.  Tips for udder care, cleansing and handling will also be shared.

Herbal Nutrition and Health for Goats-2 part session Katherine Drovdahl MH, CR, DipHIr, CEIT. Katherine is the author of “The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal.”   All those letters after her name stand for “ Master of Herbology, Certified Reflexologist, Diplomate of Holistic Iridology, Certified Equine Iridology Technician & Researcher, International Certification in Aromatherpy.  Her book covers goat nutrition and goat body systems and support, all the backyard herbal way. Her presentations will give you a fascinating introduction to the herbal way for your goats.

Cheese Making Kristina Kreedy, Emerald Dairy Goat Association. Learn how to preserve milk from your home dairy. A cheese making demonstration and a short introduction to the exciting world, both science and art, of making cheese

Guardian Animals for Goats Meg Hicks. This presentation will primarily focus on guardian dogs but will also introduce llamas and donkeys. Learn how to protect goats with facilities improvements. 

Raising Goats for Meat Meg Hicks. This presentation covers selecting breeding stock, breeding, feeding & care, marketing, and basic butchering for personal use.  

Adventures with Pack Goats Wayne Sherrard, North American Pack Goat Association. This presentaton is for the beginner interested in pack goats.  Wayne will be teaching you how to select goats with packing potential and all about the equipment to get you started.


Pasture & Hay Ground Management Classes

Getting the Best out of Pasture and Hay Ground

Pasture and hayground inputs and management are costly activities. Strategic methods can help you get the most out of your inputs. This program covers the basics of assessing pasture and hay ground, as well as advanced concepts in management to fit your goals. Participants will be guided through custom assessments of their own land. Sign up for one or more of these classes for information on agronomic-economic approaches to your forage production and harvest management.

Presenters: Shelby Filley and Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service

Location:  Lane Community College: 4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene. Building 17, Room 309

Cost per Ranch:  $15.00 per session 

Class Session Descriptions:

April 10:  Weed ID and Control

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  • Weed Biology
  • Weed Calendars and Mapping
  • Weed ID Lab Session
  • Matching Herbicides to Weeds

April 24: Renovating Pasture and Hay Ground

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  • Determining need for renovation
  • Matching forages with soil conditions
  • Planting techniques

May 5: Haying and Grazing Management

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  • How grass grows
  • Rotational grazing
  • Ranch Resources – water, fencing, etc.
  • Planning for hay harvest
  • Haymaking on the West Side

Beginning Farmer Needs Assessment Focus Group

Beginning Farmers: we'd like to hear from you!

If you are a new and beginning farmer who has been at it for less than 10 years, or exploring farming as a career path, please join us for a focus group. The evening will include surveys, group discussions, networking, and food. Information gathered will be used to improve programming offered to new and beginning farmers across the state. We need your input! Come learn, share, and meet other new and aspiring farmers. Chance to win a free entry to the OSU Small Farms Conference. Light dinner will be provided.  No cost to attend and participate!

When: Thursday February 8th 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Where: Stellaria Building Community Room 150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd. Suite #104 Eugene, OR

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Hosted by OSU Small Farms, Rogue Farm Corps, and Willamette Farm and Food Coalition.


Beginning Farms in the Field.  Photo credit: Lynn Ketchum

A Practical Approach to Regenerative Farming Techniques

Scott Goode and Anna Eichner of Nourishing Systems in Central Point, Oregon will share information about how to begin implementing regenerative farming techniques on your property.  Regenerative farming utilizes practices that work with natural systems such as photosynthesis, soil microbiology and soil chemistry, as well as practices like integrated pest management, cover cropping, crop rotation, nutrient cycling, and reduced tillage to actively engage in carbon sequestration.

Friday, March 2  [new date]

6:00-8:00 PM

Lane County Extension, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene, OR

Class fee is $10 per person.  Click here to register!

Regenerative agriculture technique photo provided by Nourishing Systems

Orchard Management Series

for small-scale tree fruit producers

Thursday, January 25:  Nutrient Management

6-8 PM at the Linn County Extension office in Tangent, OR (just off Hwy 34)

This class will identify what nutrients are needed by plants, discuss how to assess soil nutrients to better understand what is available to plants, the role of plant tissue sampling in diagnosing nutrient deficiencies in tree fruits, and how to manage soil nutrients to ensure your fruit trees have access to what they need.
Instructor: Jeff Choate, OSU Extension Lane County

Contact Melissa Fery at 541-730-3538 to register for this class.



Dry Farming Collaborative Field Days

Dry Farming Collaborative Field Days

More than ten Dry Farming Collaboratize members 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) grown without any supplemental irrigation in the field. Each field day is $10 per person.

  • August 8th - Springfield
  • August 15th - Southern Oregon
  • August 22nd - Elmira/Veneta
  • August 29th - Philomath

Register HERE

Introduction to Planning and Record-Keeping for Farm Business Management

March 9th Introduction to Planning and Record-Keeping for Farm Business Management

Benton County Sunset Building in Corvallis from 6:00-8:30 PM

In case you missed it at the small farms conference, this workshop will focus on using business plans and records as integral tools for business management, emphasizing the process of setting goals, making projections, monitoring progress and measuring results as vital for decision-making and continuous improvement. Workshop participants will be introduced to the basic components of a business plan with an emphasis on the financial components. We’ll explore how to come up with initial financial projections to get your farm business started. We’ll also look at the key farm financial records that you’ll want to keep along the way and how to use these records in combination with your plans and projections to manage your farm business. 

Presenter: Tanya Murray, Oregon Tilth

$10 per person

Register Here