Who We Are

Melissa Fery, Associate Professor (Practice)

Melissa FeryMelissa serves as a part-time small farms extension agent for the southern Willamette Valley, including Benton, Lane and Linn counties.  Her special interests include small-scale livestock and pasture production, nutrient management and soil quality.  Melissa attended Oregon State University where she earned a B.S. in Crop Science and M.S. in Soil Science.  Since 1998, she has been working with Oregon’s agriculture industry, including working for the Oregon Dairy Farmer’s Association and the Oregon Department of Agriculture, before beginning her career with OSU Extension Service in 2005. Melissa's interest for local agriculture began at an early age growing up in rural Lane County. She lives on a small farm near Creswell, with her husband, children and border collies.

Amy Garrett, Assistant Professor (Practice)

Amy GarrettAmy currently works part-time with OSU Extension Small Farms Program, serving Benton, Linn and Lane counties. She is devoted to learning and teaching others about ways to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of our food production systems. Amy has over 20 years of experience in the horticulture industry ranging from landscape design, installation and maintenance to organic farming. She got her B.S. in horticulture from Purdue University in and moved to Oregon in January 2007 to begin working towards her M.S in horticulture, studying ‘nitrogen management with cover crops in organic broccoli production systems’.  Upon completion, she moved to Lummi Island, Washington to manage a diverse three-acre farm providing farm fresh produce, meat and eggs for the chef at the Willows Inn and the Lummi Island Farmer’s Market.  Her special interests are in organic crop production, season extension, permaculture design, and dry farming. Drought mitigation tools and strategies for growing with little or no irrigation  have become a focus in her work over the past several years. The Dry Farming Project she is leading will be expanding  over the next couple of years to include several Dry Farming Demonstration sites in Oregon, a ‘Growing Resilience: Water Management Workshop Series’, and Participatory Dry Farming Research with interested growers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Teagan Moran, Educational Program Assistant

Teagan works part-time for the Small Farms program serving Linn, Lane and Benton counties. Teagan joins the team with a background in education, project management, and organic farming. She attended Portland State University where she earned a M.S. in Community Based Education. She was a participant from 2014-2016 in the Rogue Farm Corps' advanced training program in the Southern Willamette Valley where she worked as a farm hand on a diverse vegetable operation. In addition to her new role with Small Farms, she helps to manage Leaping Lamb Farm in Alsea, OR with her husband. They are growing lamb for meat, mixed vegetables, fruit, and flowers, and a farm baby - their daughter Tulsi-Joy. Teagan's interests include building a vibrant local food economy, supporting young and beginning farmers, connecting the public to farms, and ecological farming practices.