DCWFN 2016 Schedule

February 11th, 11-2
OSU Douglas County Extension Office
Agriculture Book Club and brown bag lunch.

Bring your favorite agriculture or busines related books to share with the group. This is a great opportunity to learn from other women in the network and build a reading list.

March 19th, 8-3
Phoenix School of Roseburg
WSU Women Involved in Agriculture Conference

April 14th, 11-2

OSU Douglas County Extension Office
Business workshop– funding opportunities for your farm.

May 12th, 11-2
Estill Farms, 6680 St. HWY 38, Drain, OR

Join the Douglas County Women’s Farmer network for a tour of Estill Farms U-Pick blueberry operation. Co-owner Paula Estill will lead us on a field walk of their 10 acres of blueberry  fields buzzing with bees and discuss how they market their blueberries through u-pick and wholesale. We will also see the processing and cold storage areas and Paula will discuss the farm’s food safety practices including her experience with the GAP audit process.

A potluck will follow the farm tour. Please bring a dish to share. Dinnerware and bottled water provided.

Free & open to the public.

Please RSVP to: Sara Runkel, Douglas County OSU Extension Small Farms and Food Systems Coordinator-

541-236-3049

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by

calling 541-236-3049, preferably one week in advance.

 
June 9th, 11am -2pm

Big Lick Farm, Myrtle Creek, OR
Skill building workshop—tools for the small vegetable farm.

Join the Douglas County Women's Farmer Network for a fun day of skill building. In this hands-on workshop you will learn about a variety of tools and equipment used on a small-scale diversified farm. OSU Extension Small Farms Agent Sara Runkel and Big Lick Farm owner Suzie Porter will demonstrate and discuss some of the tools used on her farm, including seeders, tools for weed management (hand hoes, cultivating tractor, landscape fabric, flame weeder, and tarps), the Japanese paper pot transplanter, and her cool-bot refrigeration system. If you are thinking about investing in equipment for your farm this is a great opportunity to try out the tools and discuss the pros and cons of each. Suzie will also give a tour of her farm and you can network with other participants over lunch.

FREE (please RSVP)

Bring a beverage and a brown bag lunch.

Please contact Sara for directions. Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged.

Questions and to RSVP: Contact Sara Runkel, Small Farms & Food Systems Coordinator

541-236-3049 or sara.runkel@oregonstate.edu

July 14th,
Viriditas Wild Gardens and Foundhorn Gardens, Days Creek OR Time  10-2
Farm tour and work party.

Viriditas Wild Gardens specializes in growing 28 varieties of garlic, and almost a 100 species of herbs on their isolated hilltop farm east of Days Creek. Liz Matteson and Jeff Bodony sell fresh garlic, lacto-fermented vegetables, eggs, and a variety of herbal products, at three SW Oregon regional farmer's markets.

Foundhorn Gardens was one of the first certified organic farms in Oregon and an active member and Ladybug Grower for  the Organically Grown Company. Before retiring from farming Suzy and Robelee Evans grew a variety of produce for wholesale, now they have extensive gardens for personal use.

We will start the day with a tour of Viriditas Gardens’ herb farm and help Liz clean garlic. Following a brown bag lunch we will travel a few miles down the road where Suzy will tell us about growing for OGC and show us her beautiful gardens and greenhouse, post retirement.

There is a great swimming hole on the river. Bring your swim suit if you want to swim after the farm tour at Foundhorn Gardens.

For directions and to RSVP contact Sara Runkel, Douglas County OSU Extension Small Farms and Food Systems Coordinator-

541-236-3049 or sara.runkel@oregonstate.edu

This event is free, please bring your own lunch and water bottle.

 

August 15th,
Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 State Hwy 38 W., Elkton, OR 11 am -2 pm
Farm tour and discussion about working with youth.

The Elkton Community Education Center is a vibrant non-profit organization that is home to the historic Fort Umpqua and a Monarch butterfly research and education center. ECEC also manages a market garden that produces produce for an on-site produce stand and donates excess to local food pantries.  Every summer ECEC hires local high school students to work at the Center as part of their Youth Employment Program. Some of these students work in the market garden and at the produce stand.  Students in the program earn a generous wage and develop their skills in communication, enterprise, management, leadership and employment readiness. Join the Douglas County Women's Farmer Network for an afternoon at ECEC. We will tour the market garden, meet some of the young employees and have a discussion about hiring youth and managing labor. There will be time to network over lunch and participants are welcome to tour other parts of the center at the end of our meeting.

To RSVP contact Sara Runkel, Douglas County OSU Extension Small Farms and Food Systems Coordinator-

541-236-3049 or sara.runkel@oregonstate.edu

This event is free but please RSVP and bring your own lunch and water bottle.

September 12th, 10-1
661 Starveout Creek, Azalea OR
Farm Tour - Parks Dahlia Garden

Are you interested in learning more about dahlias and cut flower production? Join the Douglas County Women’s Farmer Network for a tour of Parks Dahlia Garden‘s  two acres of groomed gardens and production dahlia beds. Christy Parks has been growing dahlias for 25 years. She sells dahlia tubers on the garden’s website and cut flowers at farmers market, to florists, and a florist truck based in Eugene.

The garden tour will be from 10-12 followed by a brown bag lunch. Please bring a hat, water bottle, something to eat, and a folding chair if you have one. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Carpooling will be available from Roseburg. Please contact Sara Runkel if you are interested.

To RSVP contact Sara Runkel, Douglas County OSU Extension Small Farms and Food Systems Coordinator-

541-236-3049 or sara.runkel@oregonstate.edu


October 24th,

10 am - 1pm

1020 Circle Star Ln., Roseburg OR 97470

 Circle Star Ranch Farm Tour

Circle Star Ranch in dedicated to raising the finest all-natural and susatinable food products. Located in a secluded valley just south of Roseburg they specialize in GMO-free foods including pasture raised pork, grass-fed/ grass-finished beef, buffalo, lamb, chicken, and eggs. Join the Douglas County Women's Farmer Network for a tour of their 200 acre ranch and a iscussion about raising poultry and swine on pasture and Animal Welfare Approved standards. If time allows we will also discuss the ins and outs of having animals processed for direct market sales. As always there will be time for networking during lunch.

Bring a beverage and a brown bag lunch. Dress appropriately for the weather.

This event is free but please RSVP to Sara Runkel, Small Farms and Food Systems Coordinator

541-236-3049 or sara.runkel@oregonstate.edu

November 10th, 11-2
Umpqua Business Center, Roseburg
Business workshop— Social Media applications and marketing, tour of the UBC.

November 30th— December 2nd
Portland, OR
National Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference

December 15th, 11-2
OSU Douglas County Extension Office
Annual meeting and local foods potluck.