Southern Willamette Valley Program

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

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

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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

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Seed-Saving Workshop

with Adaptive Seeds

Sarah threshing beans

Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture

844 SW 35th St.
Corvallis, OR
August 25, 2015 

This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of seed-saving with Sarah Kleeger and Andrew Still of Adaptive Seeds!

Adaptive Seeds was established in 2009 and is based at Open Oak Farm in Sweet Home, Oregon. They steward & disseminate rare, diverse & resilient seed varieties for ecologically-minded farmers, gardeners and seed savers. Most of their seed is adapted to the Pacific Northwest & other short season northern climates.

This three-hour workshop will cover the basics of selecting and saving seeds on your farm including: 

  • Getting started with Seed Saving
  • Why Seed Saving Matters
  • Fundamentals of good seed saving (crossers and selfers, how to promote good seed set, how to maintain your crop’s genetics, isolation, population size and roguing, etc.)
  • Controlling Pest and Disease
  • Dry and Wet Fermentation Seed Processing
  • Simple seed Cleaning Techniques
  • Storage Techniques

Some dry beans and tomatoes from Adaptive Seeds were included in a dry farming demonstration at Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture. The hands-on portion of this workshop will include a seed cleaning demonstration with these crops.

Sarah and Andrew from Adaptive Seeds

Cost: $25/person

Register Here - limited space available!

Farmer to Farmer Networking: Talking Cover Crops

Please click here to RSVP for this free field tour.

Join us on April 30th from 3-5 p.m. to look at increasing soil fertility and improving soil health and biology by using cover crops. Meet and visit with Linn County farmer Don Wirth of Cala Farms as he shares his experiences.  Don has been utilizing cover crops on his seed farm for more than 15 years.

We’ll discuss which cover crops grow well in the Willamette Valley for building biomass and sequestering carbon. Other topics include cover crop varieties, seeding rates, rotation strategy, termination methods, pest and disease issues, cost efficiency, and time commitment. We’ll walk fields and have the opportunity to climb into a soil pit to see the positive effects of years of building soil health.

This tour is for any farmer on any size farm wanting to learn more about building soil heath utilizing cover crops. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP would be appreciated to reserve your spot.

Hosted by Cala Farms. Sponsored by Linn Soil and Water Conservation District and OSU Extension.

If you have questions please call the Linn SWCD at 541-926-2483 or OSU Extension Small Farms program at 541-766-3556.

Intro to Hoop Houses

Join us for this introductory workshop on hoop houses!

When: March 12, 2015

Time: 3:00 - 5:30 pm

Where: Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture

844 SW 35th Street on OSU Campus

Cost: $10

Topics covered will include:

  • Site selection: drainage, soils, orientation, utilities
  • Structure of hoop house: terminology, styles, framing materials, plastic films (single vs. double wall), how to cover and attach plastic, ventilation and insulation, foundations/ground posts, moveable hoop houses (brief intro), interior row cover options
  • Crops and Cropping Systems: crop/cultivar selection, succession planting, intercropping, transplants/direct seeding, management of soil, crops and pests
  • Resources and Funding Opportunities: A hoop house resource list will be provided and info about the NRCS EQIP High Tunnel Initiative

At the end of the class we will tour the hoop houses at Oak Creek with the farm manager, Cody Buckman, and see a demonstration with the vacuum seeder for those interested in scaling-up.

Instructors: Brooke Edmunds and Amy Garrett

If you have questions please contact Chrissy Lucas or 541-766-3556

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Tractor Safety and Operation for Adults

Monday, July 14, 2014

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

North Willamette Research and Extension Center

15210 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, OR 97002

Registration fee: $50 per person

This class is intended for beginning farmers or those looking to buy a new tractor. Safety, operation and basic maintenance will be covered along with opportunities to drive and hook-up common implements. Instructors Marc Anderson and Derek Wells are  Master Trainers in farm equipment and safety education  and are both experts on equipment operation. Light snacks and water will be provided, please bring a sack lunch.

Class is limited to 20 participants, register early

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For further information contact Heidi Noordijk
phone: 503-678-1264 x 141