Associated Events

 


Please note: These events are not part of the OSU Small Farms Conference, however they are run by our partner organizations. Please contact them directly with questions. We provide this information as a courtesy to them.

February 23, 2018

Oregon Farmers Market Association's (OFMA) Annual Meeting

The Oregon Farmers Markets Association's (OFMA) Annual Meeting is OFMA’s premier yearly event, a time when representatives from OFMA's more than 110 member markets convene to connect and learn from one another. Market managers, board members, and volunteers from across the state attend the annual meeting, which provides opportunity for:

  • Dissemination of information on key policy issues;
  • Presentations from related governmental, farm, and business partners;
  • Small-group discussions about pressing market concerns and needs;
  • Informal networking time for market stakeholders to share successes, lessons learned, and opportunities for collaboration.

Wendell Berry Documentary: LOOK & SEE

6pm in the Contruction & Engineering Hall at LaSells Stewart Center

The film is free and co sponsored by the Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems

LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching.  This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt - all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape.  Thus, in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film - a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.

February 25, 2018

Pacific Northwest Cut Flower Growers Meetup

LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis, OR

Specialty cut flowers are increasingly becoming an viable source of revenue for many farmers in the Pacific Northwest.  Join a community of growers, novice to experienced, as we delve deeper into the in and outs of flower farming.  Speakers from around the country will present on crop planning, succession planting, crop selection, marketing and design.  Sessions will start at 8:30am, with registration starting at 8am at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University Campus.  The day will conclude after a panel Q & A session at 3pm.  For more info please email pnwcfg@gmail.com