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

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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.

Schedule:

January 22 - 6:00-8:30pm

February 5 - 6:00-8:30pm

February 19 - All-day field trip, 8:30am-4:00pm

February 23 - Small Farms Conference (discount code included in registration)

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 OPEN NOW. REGISTER 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

Recurring:

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.
  • Eden Olsen details insights from her recent trip to Slow Food's international conference, Terra Madre, with father's from around the world gathered in Italy. She also shares the importance of having a weekend and willing women in agriculture.
  • Jared Hibbard-Swanson explains what a food bank hopes to accomplish by supporting a farm that employs teenagers. He also gives some insight on farming on a heavy bottomland soil and his philosophy on pest management.