It’s Just around the Corner: The next Living on a Few Acres Conference....”maybe a little less, maybe a little more” Will Be Here Before You Know It.

Toni Stephan, Small Farms Program, Oregon State University
Publish Date: 
Winter 2016
VolNo: 
Vol. XI No. 1

Notice we have added a tag line to the name of the conference. This is because we really believe that this conference is not only for the small acreage owner but for those who live on less or more than a few acres but have a similar mind set. This one day conference is set for March 12, 2016 and will be held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon.

This year, in order to provide you with a better learning experience we are trying to have a few more hands on classes; how about going for a hike in the woods while learning about native trees from the experts or practicing proper application techniques for those chemicals you use or having the chance to make yummy vinegars, getting the chance to set up a raised bed for a garden, pin the meat cut on the livestock of your choice and maybe even more activities.

For people who are on acreage or even dream of it we will have plenty of classes that will help you be more successful managing your chores. There will be a full line of irrigation classes, business and zoning classes, livestock and forage along with food and fruit production classes.

We are always looking for sponsors and vendors too. If you have a business or know of a business that would like to sponsor the conference or be a vendor we would love to hear from you. Maybe you have a personal desire to sponsor this event, your sponsorship is always welcome. You can get a sponsor or vendor form from the website.

If you do any of these things or even want to: grow your own food, raise a chicken or a few fowl, own livestock or horses, grow hay or pasture, preserve food or manage your property, this conference is for you. Look for registration to open around the end of January (check the website above). Check out all the classes, register and come join us. Tell your friends too, conferences are more fun when shared with someone else! If you have any questions please contact Toni Stephan.