Small Farms

Oregon State University Earth Day Hoo Haa. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.

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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Read the latest news from the OSU Extension Small Farms program
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'Growing Farms' planning book available
Young farmer brings new life to family farm
Popular Publications
NEW. Understand the biology and habits of voles and gophers before management begins.
This new publication shows how to handle, store and compost manure, and reduce negative effects on the environment. Printable PDF and audio files.
A successful direct farm marketing business requires knowing and understanding effective marketing and management practices.
Laboratory soil tests will help you develop and maintain more productive soil, which is an essential part of any successful small farm.
Enterprise budgets can help individual producers determine the most profitable crops to grow, develop marketing strategies, and obtain financing.
Consider your resources, the land available, and your level of interest before deciding to engage in the cattle business.
The key to a healthy small-acreage horse farm is to recognize that horses, grass, manure, soil, and water are interconnected.
How to germinate seeds and grow them into healthy plants.

Featured Question

I've been told I shouldn't be using pig poo in my vegetable garden. Is this true? I pen the pigs in an area, let them till it up and mix their poo and hay in, then I move them into a new area and plant the just vacated one with tomato plants, corn, root crops, lettuces, etc. I mulch over the dirt with hay. After the veggies are grown, I wash and cook them (most of them). Am I killing myself and my family by doing this? I thought I was doing good! The specific reasons to not use the pig poo were directed at the parasites they carry. If they are wormed, would that make their poo safe? But then I'd have to worry about the Ivermectin, wouldn't I?

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