Who We Are

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Javier Fernandez-Salvador, Assistant Professor of Practice

javier.f-s@oregonstate.edu 

Javier Fernandez-Salvador is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Oregon State University who joined the OSU Small Farms Program in May 2016 with his main focus being on organic and conventional production systems of pastures, specialty grains, berries and other agronomic and horticultural crops as well as farm food safety and organic regulatory compliance.

Heather Stoven, Community Horticulturalist and Small Farms Agent

heather.stoven@oregonstate.edu

Heather Stoven is the Community Horticulturalist and Small Farms Extension Agent for Yamhill County.  Her position is housed in McMinnville and she oversees the Master Gardener program, community horticulture and small farms. Her strengths include pest management, plant problem diagnosis, greenhouse growing and nursery crops. 

Erica Chernoh, Horticulture Instructor

chernohe@oregonstate.edu

Erica Chernoh is a sustainable agriculture specialist. She holds a joint position between Chemeketa Community College, where she is a Horticulture Instructor, and OSU where she works with Extension in Marion and Polk counties and serves as an OSU Open Campus Coordinator. Erica specializes in organic agriculture, vegetable crop production, strawberries, and sustainable soil management, as well as organic certification and food safety. 

Victoria Binning, Agriculture Program Coordinator

victoria.binning@oregonstate.edu

Victoria Binning is the Agriculture Program Coordinator for Marion County Extension Service. She is excited to work with both the Small Farms program and Community Horticulture. Her diverse background is in sustainable agriculture, children's garden education, fisheries management, and wine.

Erin Wever, Student Project Assistant

Erin Wever is a second year student at Oregon State University, double majoring in the fields of Environmental Economics and Policy and Environmental Sciences. In addition, Erin is a recipient of the Beginning Researcher’s Grant Program and will be working with our Mid-Valley Small Farms Team to determine the needs of small farmers throughout Marion County. Throughout the course of her research, Erin is looking forward to learning more about the various agricultural communities located within Marion County, as well as being able to gain hands on research experience.

Tessa Barker, Student Project Assistant

Tessa joined the Small Farms team in the fall of 2017 after completing an internship with the OSU Organic Growers Club over the summer. She will be assisting with projects including the use of cover cropped aisles in strawberry production systems, as well as up-potting and propagation techniques for olives. Tessa is originally from Marion County, and has spent time working and volunteering at small farms across the Willamette Valley.

Logan Hailey, Student Project Assistant

Logan Hailey is an aspiring small-scale ecological farmer. Logan is completing her degree in Ecological and Sustainable Horticulture Production from Oregon State University and is gaining farm experience across the country, including right here in the Willamette Valley. She has devoted her life to growing nutritious food while preserving and enhancing the soil, water, air, and biodiversity of our planet for generations to come. When she isn’t farming, Logan enjoys working on her off-grid short bus conversion, saving seeds, and exploring the wilderness with her life partner and three dogs.