Small Farms

Farming takes many shapes and sizes in Oregon. Learn how to start a small farm, try out the organic fertilizer and crop cover calculator, connect with other small farmers, or find out about upcoming small farm events. Watch a short video about a recent farmers market in Corvallis, Oregon to see how some small farm owners sell their food.

 
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Featured Question

I maintain a fairly productive compost pile that I use to replenish my raised beds each year. This year, I have a large number of plants (mainly squash and tomatoes) that have come up in beds where this compost was used. Someone told me that it might be dangerous to eat veggies from these seeds that I assume did not get completely broken down in the composting process. Maybe something to do with excessive nitrogen levels? Is this true, or are these veggies safe to eat?

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