Session Two - 11:20am - 12:30 or 12:50pm

Registration is now closed - we will NOT have at the door registration available.

Marketing and Selling Specialty Cut Flowers How do I sell my flowers? 

From Farmers Markets to high end designers, the market for specialty cut flowers is thriving.  Jeriann and Ralph, from Bindweed Farm will be discussing the ins and outs of marketing their flowers to designers and event florists.  Shanti and Cory, from Whipstone Farm have successfully added flowers to an already thriving vegetable model and will be discussing how they've created and captured a market that didn't exist.  From crop selection to communication, how you can find and take advantage of demand for high quality specialty cuts. Presenters: Ralph Thurston & Jeriann Sabin, Bindweed Farm; Shanti & Cory Rade, Whipstone Farm

Conceptos básicos e introducción a la fisiología vegetal para pequeños agricultores

Durante esta sesión haremos un recorrido por las plantas, desde las raíces hasta las hojas, de manera que entendamos como el agua, el fertilizante y la luz afectan el funcionamiento de éstas y por ende su rendimiento. El comprender como las plantas responden a condiciones ambientales permitirá que tengamos mejores herramientas para tomar decisiones sobre el manejo de los cultivos, tales como cuando regar, que fertilizante utilizar en determinada época de desarrollo y como hacer un mejor uso de la luz, para optimizar el potencial que las plantas tienen y mantener así buenos rendimientos. Presenter: Isabel Hernandez, Fisióloga Vegetal, UC Davis

Best Practices and Resources for Agricultural Apprenticeships

Internships and Apprenticeships on small family farms are an important strategy for beginning farmer training, and farmers often find it fulfilling to add an educational component to the farm. They are also a space where interns, apprentices and farmers alike are critically engaged in transforming the food and farm system. In this workshop, Megan Fehrman, Education Program Director for Rogue Farm Corps, will introduce the National Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network and their new toolkit for on-farm apprenticeships. This network works to support host farmers and apprenticeship programs by sharing best practices, knowledge and resources; coordinating local and regional training-of- trainer efforts for farm educators and mentors; and fostering peer-to- peer dialogue between farms and programs across the country. Presenters: Meghan Fehrman, Rogue Farm Corps; local farmers

Reducing Tillage in PNW Organic Agriculture

Tillage is a catastrophic event for soil organisms. Reducing tillage is an important way to protect soil health and rejuvenate farm land. Jeff Moyer and Doug Collins will share findings and lessons from their research into Organic no-till and reduced-tillage systems in Pennsylvania and Washington in annual crops.  Presenters: Jeff Moyer, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute; Doug Collins, Washinton State University Extension Service;

"Green" Programs at Farmers' Markets

Farmers markets have an opportunity to lead by example in improving environmental sustainability. This panel will share examples of green programs they’ve created at their farmers markets including using solar power, recycling initiatives that reduced trash by 80%, gleaning programs, and offering re-usable dishes for meals at market as well as to-go containers, cups, and shopping bags. Presenters: Amber Holland, Operations Manager, Portland Farmers Market; Betty Benson, Master Recycler, Rubbish Works of Portland; Jim Fanjoy, Boardmember, Manzanita Farmers Market.

Demeter Certification to the Biodynamic Standard and Comparison with the USDA Organic Standards

The number of biodynamic products in the marketplace is small but growing. For many seeking to practice and support a more sustainable, regenerative agriculture, biodynamics is the next logical step. In order to label products as Biodynamic®, they must be certified. The Demeter Biodynamic® Standard for certification was established in 1928 and is managed worldwide by Demeter International and in the US by Demeter USA. Beyond organic certification, the Demeter Biodynamic Standards reflect a commitment to regenerative agriculture and product integrity to help carry out the organization’s mission, “healing the planet through agriculture.” In this session Demeter USA Executive Director and biodynamic farmer Jim Fullmer, and Javier Fernandez-Salvador, OSU organic certification specialist, will explain the requirements for biodynamic certification and how they differ from organic certification. Presenters: Jim Fullmer, Demeter Association and Javier Fernandez-Salvador, OSU

Growing Local: Specialty Food Opportunities for Small Farms

Many farms are interested in finding additional ways to turn a profit. This session examines whether processing what you produce into finished products, using a co-packer, or selling ingredients to a specialty food manufacturer makes sense for your farm. We have identified best practices and most difficult roadblocks. The infrastructure and amenities provided by the REDD in Portland (“a working hub for the regional food economy”) are also highlighted. Presenters: Larry Lev, OSU; Rob King, University of Minnesota; Amanda Oborne Ecotrust/REDD; Mike Kloft, Lonely Lane Farms; James Henderson, Hummingbird Wholesale 

Pricing Info:

  • Early Bird Registration between Dec 22-Feb 2: $50
  • Register between Feb 3-Feb 13: $75

 

Sessions below are full and unavailable

Pasture-Raised Poultry: Successes & Challenges

This session will include candid stories from pastured poultry producers, as they share their experiences related to production, processing and direct marketing.  There will also be a Q&A about the latest information about processing and marketing regulations. Presenters: Mike Guebert, Terra Farma; Nathan and Amanda Moomaw, Moomaw Family Farm; Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network

Protecting Your Cash Flow

Insufficient working capital is the single greatest reason that a farm fails. This session will focus on small farm cash flow management, and in particular on helping growers to realize how important it is to maintain adequate "working capital.” It is critical for growers at any scale of production to understand some of the ways they can maintain adequate working capital even during a bad year. A farmer who is using WFRP to protect her cash flow will share her experiences. Presenters: Kent Fleming, OSU; George Harris, NW Farm Credit Services; Diane Szukovathy, Jello Mold Farm