Winter Farming Series

High Tunnel at Pitchfork and Crow Farm

Are you interested in exploring whether winter production would be a good addition to your farm business? There are several crops that can be harvested during the winter months in Oregon. This class series will cover the basics of winter production including season extension tips and tools, planting dates and varietal selection that you will need to get started in winter production. We’ll also walk you through the process of keeping records to track production costs and analyzing whether winter production can be a profitable enterprise for your farm.

You’ll have a chance to visit with farmers that are experienced with winter production to get perspectives from the field. Our goal is to support you with testing out winter production on your farm to determine whether it is a feasible enterprise for your operation. Classes are spread out over a whole year and timed so that you can apply what you learn for your winter plantings in 2016.

Class Schedule 

Winter Farming Tour - January 20, 2016 from 9 - 4 pm

Winter Crop Planning and Marketing - February 10, 2016 from 6 - 8:30 pm

Winter Vegetable Field Day and Season Extension Structures - March 9, 2016 from 1 - 5:30 pm

Recordkeeping for Profitability Analysis - July 6, 2016 from 6 - 8:30 pm

Winter Farm Enterprise Profitability Analysis - January 18, 2017 from 1-5 pm

  • 12:30 pm - meet at the Benton County Extension Office on the NW side of the building
  • 1-2:30 pm - winter farm tour at Gathering Together Farm
  • 3 - 5 pm - Profitability Analysis dicussion at the Benton County Extension office (coffee and snacks provided)

Click here for detailed agenda.

Registration fee is $120 for 5 sessions.

Classes will meet at the Polk County Extension Office (289 E Ellendale Ave Suite 301, Dallas, OR 97338) or at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Road Aurora, OR 97002). Last class is at the Benton County Extension Office (4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis)

Contact Amy Garrett to determine if this class is right for you or call 541-766-3556.


Winter Farming Resources

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques (SARE)

Extending the Season (Growing for Market) - This is a 52-page E-Book with farmer-tested strategies for season extension on a market farm. 

Iowa Vegetable Production Budgets - This enterprise budgeting tool can help vegetable growers estimate the costs and revenue associated with producing a product. Growers with multiple enterprises can use total sales as the basis for estimating the cost of planting, growing, harvesting, and handling key crops with a series of worksheets.


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