List of events hosted by the Mid-Valley Small Farms Program in 2017. See text below for upcoming.

Up Next:

May 18th, Soil Testing and Nutrient Management Workshop

Sometimes deciding how to design your nutrient management strategy can be quite the puzzle, especially for annual organic crops. OSU Small Farms agents Javier Fernandez-Salvador and Nick Andrews will be discussing best practices for soil and cover crop sampling, how to interpret soil test results, and how to develop an organic fertility program using soil test results at our next workshop. Our case study will be broccoli on a diverse vegetable farm. Join us to learn all about sampling!

WHEN: May 18, 3-5pm

WHERE: Minto Island Growers, 3394 Brown Island Rd SSalem, OR 97302

COST: $10 - Register Online Here

QUESTIONS: Contact Victoria Binning

June 4th, Integrated Pest, Pollinator, and Native Hedgerow Management

Mid-Valley Small Farms has teamed up with OSU Organic Growers Club to offer a class on IPM, Pollinators, and Native Hedgerow Management. 

All participants will take part in the following activities:

  • Explanation of the organic farming methods on site for the rotational vegetables and perennial caneberry systems.
  • Identification and tagging – from willows to pollinator gardens, herbs and cut flowers!
  • Insect collection and ID
  • Native bees and Bee Hotels
  • Delicious hot lunch from the earth oven!

WHEN: June 4, 9am-1pm
WHERE: The Student Farm at OSU
COST: Event is free, but growers can make a suggested donation of $10 here

For more information contact:
Growers: Victoria Binning – Marion County Extension
Students: Robert Yarnall – Event Assistant Coordinator

June 13th, Organic Strawberry Plug Workshop

Are you interested in a workshop for how to produce organic strawberry plant plugs? We have the opportunity to host this workshop in Salem as a hands-on, practical skill learning event. We will discuss the reasons for using this method and how to do it in compliance with NOP. Participants will be able to take a "six pack" of plants they pot home to follow up on their development. Of note, in order to host this workshop, we need at least 15 people to register. Please do so here, if interested.

WHEN: June 13, 9-11am

WHERE: Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm

COST: $10 - Register Online Here

QUESTIONS: Contact Victoria Binning


Save the dates for 2017 Berry Field Days

Strawberry Open House: June 7th, 1-4 pm

Caneberry Field Day: June 28th, 1-5 pm

Blueberry Field Day: July 12, 1-5 pm

More details will be posted as they become available.