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Sept 5 - Communities, Food, Resilience Livestream

Conversations and reflections on the role of land grant universities, Oregon's community food systems, the partnerships, and paths ahead. More info here.

Local livestream event:
September 5
Lunch, resources, ignite talks: 1:00pm
Livestream: 2:30-5:00pm
Grand Ronde Community Center
9615 Grand Ronde Road, Building B, Grand Ronde, OR 97347

Contact Victoria Binning, victoria.binning@oregonstate.edu
or Francene Ambrose, FAmbrose@marionpolkfoodshare.org for more information.

 

Sept 20 - Oct 18 - Living on the Land

Living on the Land is a workshop series tailored for small acreage landowners and those new to managing land. There are 5 classes in the series. Classes focus on Land Stewardship Planning, Woodlands & Riparian Area Management, Pasture & Manure Management, Soils & Weeds, and Well Water & Water Rights.

Classes will be hosted by OSU Extension Service in Polk County at their office in Dallas. Classes will be on Thursdays, from 6:00-8:30pm. Register for $30 for the whole series, or $45 for two farm partners. Registration for the whole series is available now: CLICK HERE.  The Polk County Extension Office is located at 289 E Ellendale Ave Suite 301, Dallas, OR 97338.


For more information, contact Victoria Binning at 503-373-3774 or victoria.binning@oregonstate.edu.

Farmer at farmers' market interacting with couple purchasing produce

Nov 1 - Business Management Workshop: Record Keeping for Small Farms (Note Change of Date)

Are you managing your farm business? Or is your farm business managing you?

The OSU Small Farms Program is teaming up with Chemeketa Community College's Agribusiness Management Program to offer a business management class tailored to the needs of small farmers. This three hour workshop will focus on what every business needs to be sustainable: good records and how to keep them.

This workshop will be hosted at the Chemeketa Eola campus, Doaks Ferry Rd NW, Salem, OR, 97304, on November 1, from 2:00-5:00pm. Doors open at 1:30pm. Registration will open September 1. The workshop is $15 per participant. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Stay tuned for more information on this workshop. For inquiries, contact Victoria Binning at 503-373-3774 or victoria.binning@oregonstate.edu.

Farm scene: blueberries in foreground, red barn, Mt. Hood in background

Jan 22 - Mar 5 - Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management, Hybrid Course

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management provides farmers with the tools and knowledge needed to develop and manage a successful farm business. This course is intended for people who are considering starting a farm business, those within their first five years of farming and others who may be considering major changes to their farm business.

The core Growing Farms course is a series of six online modules that lead you through the basics of managing a successful farm business. The combined online/on-site course option includes the six online modules PLUS several face-to-face classes and one full-day field trip. Classroom times are from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Meet with other students in an instructor-facilitated learning experience. There will be three evening classes (2-3 hours each), plus a Saturday farm tour.

Schedule:

January 22 - 6:00-8:30pm

February 5 - 6:00-8:30pm

February 19 - All-day field trip

February 23 - Small Farms Conference (included)

March 5 - 6:00-8:30pm

The course was developed by OSU Small Farms Program faculty and other farm management experts, and is presented in an interactive and graphically rich format. Modules include more than four hours of video created specifically for the Growing Farms course, and feature six Oregon farmers who share their experience and insights about farming (see Featured Farmers). Although the course draws on examples from Oregon's robust farming communities, its innovative examples, models and insights are highly relevant to farmers nationwide.

Registration coming soon. More information here.

 

POSTPONED: Date TBA - Using Sensory Education as a Marketing Tool: A Chocolate Case Study

This workshop is intended for small farmers to take your marketing to the next level. Learn how to convey the sensory experience of an on-farm, value-added product to potential clients. Examples include kimchi, honey, kombucha, jams, etc. Learn how to educate your customers with demonstrated sensory evaluations. This workshop is focused on marketing for small farmers with or interested in producing value-added products.

Rules:

  • Eat early, light lunch
    • Avoid smell foods (garlic, onion, etc.)
  • Refrain from fragrant body sprays and perfumes
Cost: $20 per participant, limited to 10 small farmers
NOTE: this event is for farmers ONLY