Sept 20 - Oct 18 - Living on the Land - CLASS FULL

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 are from 6:00-8:30pm on Thursday evenings, Sept 20-Oct 18 at the Polk County Extension office.

Our Dallas class has been wildly popular and is all filled up! If you are still interested in taking Living on the Land this fall, not to fear! Our South Valley Small Farms team is hosting a Living on the Land class in Scio, from Oct 4 - 25.

More information about Living on the Land in Scio HERE.


Oct 27 - Women in Agriculture Conference: Pump Up Your Financial Fitness

Registration is open for the 7th annual Women in Agriculture Conference!

"Pump Up Your Financial Fitness" is the theme for the seventh annual Women in Agriculture Conference. Join us for this one-day conference that will be engaging, interactive, full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers.  The conference is held simultaneously in 34 locations throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The Salem location will be a mix of livestreamed and in-person interactions.

Featured Speakers

Robin Reid and LaVell Winsor will present, "How Does Your Cash Flow."  Together they will help you build and improve your annual cash flow system. You will learn strategies to start projections for the coming year, monitor cash flow against actual income and manage family living expenses.

Sarah Beth Aubrey's keynote, "Attention Women: YOU are a Valuable Part of Agriculture" will include ways to prioritize and do the most important things first. You will hear "fresh facts" from research that prove the distinct value women bring to the farm! You won't want to miss her ideas for encouraging women to farm and some easy ways to develop the women you employ. This is the right time for women to celebrate their contribution to agriculture and be recognized for their unique impact!


Each event location will have a panel of local women farmers who will talk about how they balance their lives - with their top tips for handling finances and their personal lives.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact. It will be a full day of learning and networking!

This conference is designed for all women farmers and anyone who works with women farmers.  If you have been farming for years, are a new and aspiring farmer, a banker, lender or anyone in the agricultural industry, this conference is for you!.

Registrations fees are: $30 if you register between September 10 and October 14; $35 if you register between October 15 and October 26.  Your registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch and all the conference materials, along with a great bag to take everything home!

The Salem location will be hosted at 1320 Capitol St NE, Second Floor Board Room, Salem, OR 97301.


Oct 29 - Season Extension with Low Tunnels 

New workshop on low tunnel season extension for strawberries! The workshop will include a demonstration on how to build, use, and compare the different options and prices for commercial use of this system. Low tunnel season extension is a great option for off-season strawberry production and other vegetable crops and has to the potential to aid producers with early and late cropping in the spring and fall.

There are multiple options for constructing low tunnels including structure materials used, spacing, plastic types and tying. This workshop will showcase these options as well as best practices for utilizing this method and costs of materials and production.

Javier Fernandez-Salvador (Strawberry Extension Faculty), Erica Chernoh (Faculty Research Assistant) and Will Osmer (Bioscience Technician for the project), will lead this workshop at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center where their strawberry trials are located, and participants can see the low tunnels in action.


Join us on Monday, October 29, from 1:00 to 3:00pm at NWREC, 15210 NE Miley Rd, Aurora.

Cost: Free. Suggested donation $5

Questions? Contact Victoria Binning at or 503-373-3774.


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Nov 1 - Business Management Workshop: Record Keeping for Small Farms

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 Community College - Eola Campus, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd NW, Salem, OR, 97304, on November 1, from 2:00-5:00pm. Doors open at 1:30pm. The workshop is $15 per participant. Snacks and drinks will be provided.


For inquiries, contact Victoria Binning at 503-373-3774 or


Dec 12 - Pesticide Applicators CORE Videoconference Training

CORE ODA Credits - $15 per person

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Session 1: 9:45am - 12:00pm (2 credits)

LUNCH BREAK (*Bring your own lunch*)

Session 2: 1:00pm - 3:00pm (2 credits)

More information HERE 


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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 full day of farm tours.


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.


  • 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


The Broadfork Radio Segment & Podcast

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The Broadfork: Digging into Small Farms in the Willamette Valley

We showcase local farming practices, tips, and resources for small-scale agriculture by interviewing both farmers and university experts on agricultural topics. 

Listen in on Third Wednesdays on KMUZ at 88.5FM or 100.7FM during the Willamette Wake-Up at 8:00am.

Past episodes:

09/19/2018 - The Pilot: An Introduction to The Broadfork 

  • The Broadfork is a new monthly segment on KMUZ. Host, Victoria Binning talks with Erica Chernoh, Oregon Extension Service, about research to advance cultivation of strawberries and olives in the mid-valley.