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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.
Farming is a business, as well as a way of life. Whole Farm Management is a comprehensive guide developed by the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University to help aspiring and beginner farmers make smart business decisions to ensure lasting success. In clear, accessible language, this book covers every essential step, from developing a strategic plan to acquiring equipment, establishing infrastructure, finding markets, budgeting, managing day-to-day operations, and selecting a business structure for long-term viability. The emphasis throughout is on using sustainable agricultural systems and managing the whole farm, whether raising grass-based livestock, perennial food crops, or annual crops such as flowers. Case studies of successful farms, along with guidance and solutions to common problems from long-time farmers, round out this essential handbook.
Small Farm School is going online in 2020.will be offered on the Zoom platformTuesday and Thursday evenings from mid-September through mid-November.
Registration allows you access to sign-up for and participate in as many sessions as you are able to attend. Most sessions will be recorded and registered participants will have access to recordings and session resources.
The program consists of18 individual sessions with topics ranging frommarketing and business management to vegetable and hemp production, and equitable food access.
Schedule:Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. September 17 through November 19. Schedule of classes are listed on the Small Farms School 2020 class page.
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Online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners.
Information on the different sessions can be found on the 2020 Classes page.
Webinars are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, through November 19 from 6:30-8:00 pm.Read full story.
Beginning Wednesday Nov. 4 through Dec. 16, evenings, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The course will either be held on Zoom or in-person, TBD.
Learn all the essentials for direct marketing meat from experts in production, marketing, processing, and pricing. For this affordable investment, you will receive 12 hours of lectures (all recorded & available later, too), access to 2 optional classes, a copy of the textbook "The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising & Selling Ethical Meat", handouts, resource pages and a private student forum to interact with your peers in the course. A limited number of scholarships are being provided by each state coordinator. Please reach out directly to them to inquire. Jackson/Josephine counties, contact Maud ...Read full story.
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...