The Extension Service is a resource for producers of all sizes who want the latest, research-based information. We have several regional faculty who provide support for small farms and commercial agriculture in Clackamas County.

Do you have a small farm? Extension can help.

The Small Farms website provides information on starting an enterprise, finding a niche, and marketing your product. It is hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program.

Extension agriculture research center

Extension faculty who specailize in the major crops and issues facing commercial producers are based at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). NWREC is located in Aurora.

Small Farm School

Small Farm School is a full day event with hands on and classroom workshops for beginning farmer and small acreage rural landowners. Join us the Thursday, September 15, at Clackamas Community College.

Field and classroom workshops include herding dogs, growing cider apples, pasture establishment, rotational grazing, small engine basics, farming with beneficial insects, tractor safety and operation, on-farm veterinary care and much more.

Registration is now online and open. Registration is through the Ideal-Logic system and is $75.00.


Seed Certification

The Oregon Seed Certification Service provides a service to the public for the maintenance and increase of quality seed and propagating material. The service is provided to insure varietal purity and seed quality through review and retention of crop production records and a series of field and laboratory evaluations.


Learn more about blackberries in this article from the Oregonian featuring Bernadine Strik, berry crop specialist with Oregon State University.

Livestock and forage issues

Gene Pirelli provides technical support about Livestock and Forages in the North Willamette Valley. He is based in the Polk County office in Dallas.

Looking to sell local food in Oregon?

Read information on the  Farm Direct Law.