Small Farms

The Central Oregon Small Farms Program serves commercial small farm entrepreneurs as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. Our goal is to support the development of sustainable agriculture and community food systems in the region by addressing local agricultural needs. Specifically, we aim to improve improve the economic and environmental sustainability of small-scale horticultural cropping systems through educational programming and field-based research.

The Central Oregon Small Farms program embraces both organic/biological and conventional farming systems and emphasizes the following areas:

Soil and Nutrient Management

• Consultation and training on soil test interpretation, proper use of soil amendments, and cover crop options to meet your farm goals.

• OSU Publications related to soil and nutrient management (link)

Mechanical Cultivation

• Producer workshops and field days to learn more about mechanical weeding techniques on small and mid-sized farms

Beginner Farmer Training

• Link: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/node/11

Community Food Systems

• Support community-based food production, health, nutrition, access, and successful food and farm economies in partnership with local organizations

 

Upcoming Events and Workshops:

February 6th & 8th - Cost Study Cohort Training for Diversified Vegetable Growers – contact Clare Sullivan with questions 

February 24th - Oregon Small Farms Conference – OSU Corvallis campus  http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfc

March 10th - Living on A Few Acres Conference – Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/LOAFA

Wednesdays 5:30-8:00 pm, March 14, 21, 28 - Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series, OSU/Deschutes County Extension Office, Redmond  Workshop flyer


For more information:

Clare Sullivan, Extension Agronomist-Central Oregon
OSU Small Farms & Community Food Systems
Telephone: 541-548-6088 X 7957
Email: Clare Sullivan

Deschutes County Extension Service
Oregon State University
3893 SW Airport Way
Redmond, Oregon 97756-8697
Telephone: 541-548-6088
Fax: 541-548-8919

 

Clare Sullivan is the OSU Small Farms and Community Food Systems Extension Agent for Central Oregon. Clare is originally from Canada where she earned a MSc in Soil Science and BSc in Agroecology, and moved to Central Oregon from the Willamette Valley where she worked in Field Crops Extension. She has worked with small to large-scale growers using both conventional and organic practices for the last 10 years, and has expertise in soil and nutrient management, soil test interpretation, applied research, and agronomy. 

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