Workshop Series: Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this three-session course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.  

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity. 

What to expect: 

•    Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
•    Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
•    Learn about farm business finances to help form and fund your dream.
•    An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

When and where:

Wednesdays, March 21, 28 and April 4th, 2018 5:30-8:00 pm       
Deschutes County Extension Office (3893 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756)

Registration details:

$50 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 7.5 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

Workshop Registration


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

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