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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As antibiotics ban nears, organic orchards have new tools to fight fire blight

Oregon State University researchers have proven the effectiveness of two organic alternatives for controlling a disease that can wipe out entire apple and pear orchards.

Oregon State ranks seventh worldwide in agriculture and forestry

Oregon State University has been recognized as a world-class center in agriculture and forestry, ranking seventh in a new international survey of more than 200 schools.

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

What is the best way to harvest and store rutabaga? Is it better to leave them until after the first light (like around 25-32 degrees F) frost?

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