Author: Maud Powell, Small Farms Program, Oregon State University Extension Service
Publish Date: Summer 2018
The goal of the program is to enhance understanding of sustainable agriculture through broad-based training and handson exposure to successful and unique sustainable agriculture programs. Participating Fellows are better able to create new programs that meet the needs of their local clientele upon returning to their home states.
The tour included visits to Mt. Hood Organics outside of Mt Hood, LaMancha Farm in Sweet Home and the Double J Jerseys Ranch in Monmouth. Fellows also toured many of the demonstration sites of the researchers at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, as well as one of Amy Garrett’s dry farm plots in Corvallis.
In the middle of the week, the Fellows spent half a day visiting Persephone Farm in Lebanon and taking a deeper dive into the farm’s sustainable agriculture practices. With the guidance of Oregon Tilth staff member Tanya Murry, they brainstormed ideas for increasing the profitability of certain crops. Finally, the Fellows visited Newport, where they took a “dock walk”, learned about OSU Extension’s Sea Grant program, and got to try Dungeness crab. Over dinner on their final night, the Fellows remarked on Oregon’s beauty and the inspiring farmers and Extension faculty they had met over the course of the week.