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Small Farms, Local Food, and Wildfires What do you need to know? Index: How do I stay up to date on the location and status of wildfires? What about air quality? What resources are available for evacuation? What do I need to know about wildfires and livestock safety? What do I need to know about food safety and wildfires? What about farmer’s markets? What funding is available for farms impacted by the fires? How can I help others who have been impacted?
COVID-19 Advisory. OSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed or canceled. Extension county offices are closed. We are available via email, phone and webconference.
Our mission is to advance sustainable agriculture, community food systems, and economic progress for Oregon's small farmers and ranchers and provide a leading-edge experience for students.
Flexible online courses designed for people considering starting a farm business, those within their first five years of farming and others who may be considering major changes to their farm business.
Oregon Small Farm News is a free online newsletter that concentrates on both commercial small farm entrepreneurs as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. Our focus embraces organic/biological and conventional farming systems.
Growing Veteran Agripreneurs
Thisbeginning farmer training program is designed for veterans interested in pursuing careers in small-scale
agriculture. The program runs March 10 to October 10, 2021.
Application and registration are due: March 5, 2021.
Participants will gain theoretical and practical knowledge through classes, local farm tours and one-on-one mentoring.
Activities cover all phases of a farming season including cultivation, direct seeding, transplanting & harvesting.
This educational program assists forage producers in making decisions on managing pastures and hayground. Topics include using maps to determine physical soil properties, estimate current and potential production, and form management units. This information is then used to take soil samples for fertility testing and to make agronomic, economic input decisions. Part of this process includes the option of selecting to focus work on your best field first. This can help producers prioritize funding for inputs and time spent on multiple fields. At the completion of the program custom reports will be provided which will be useful in future classes and consultations on forage production.
Click the REGISTRATION button and select all 4 workshops. Class 1 and 2 now via on line recording. Class 3 and 4 is planned for in-person classroom instruction. If covid-19 restrictions continue Class 3 and 4 will also be offered on line. $100 for all 4.
Attend individual workshops for $35 each when you register early.
Early registration for Workshop 3 ends Dec.10; for Workshop 4 early registration ends Dec. 16.
Community healers, foragers, gardeners, chefs, and myco-curious folk! OSU Extension Small Farms and Zoom Out Mycology hosts a series of four introductory and interactive mycology workshops in the fall, beginning on the weekend of September 18 and 19. The third and fourth workshops are December 12 and 19. The ...Read full story.
This class will provide an overview of existing drought conditions in Jackson County and will present a variety of actions that may be taken by water users and land managers to prepare for future droughts. The focus will be on planning considerations, water conservation costs, and practices, as well as funding opportunities. Via ZOOM!
There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
Paul DeMaggio is a registered agricultural engineer, certified irrigation designer, and certified agricultural irrigation specialist with over eight years of experience in Jackson County. He is currently working as the Soil and Water Conservation Engineer at Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District.
Meghan Montgomery has a masters degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of ...Read full story.
Interested in installing a greywater system, but dont know where to start? In this online workshop, we will discuss:
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* How a household greywater system will help conserve water in times of drought.
* Designing, building, and operating different greywater systems.
* Oregon DEQ greywater codes and local permits you may need.
In 1980 Jack Gray and Mary Jo Wade started Winter Green Farm just 20 miles west of Eugene, five years later Wali and Jabrila Via joined them and in 2009 long-time employees Chris Overbaugh and Shannon Shipp-Overbaugh a...
Manure and bedding collects rapidly on most livestock farms, especially in the winter. Instead of pitching the waste out the back of the barn, consider turning the materials into a valuable, usable product. Compost. If an active compos...
As summer approaches and the soil dries, forage plants become dormant. Some years in drier areas of Oregon dormancy may begin in the late spring. If you have irrigation rights, your pastures can provide supplemental nutrition even duri...
Gophers are useful animals in the wild as they aerate the soil, eat insects and mix surface soil layers, but they are a nuisance on the farm when conflict surfaces between the farmer and the gopher over land use. Their economic impact...