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The Small Farms/Small Acreage program in Central Oregon provides research-based educational programming and resources to help commercial and non-commercial small farm entrepreneurs and small acreage landowners achieve their goals.
Central Oregon's landscape is rapidly changing as properties are divided into smaller units. People move to the country to enjoy a rural lifestyle and are interested in learning how to be good stewards of their land. Some also pursue the idea of "niche" farming. They are exploring options of what can be produced on their land as well as learning about specialty markets, production practices and business and financial planning.
Through the OSU Extension, educational workshops, materials, consultation and resources are provided to help clientele become better informed. The small acreage program for central Oregon is conducted from the Deschutes County Extension office in Redmond and provides coverage for Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook counties.
In addition, the Jefferson County Rural Living Handbook is designed to introduce current and prospective rural landowners to land stewardship resources. It contains information about agencies and organizations that can assist landowners. It also provides answers to general questions regarding land use planning, gardening, irrigation, livestock management, forest and rangeland management, and wildlife concerns.
For more information contact Deschutes County Extension Office:
Deschutes County Extension Service
Oregon State University
3893 SW Airport Way
Redmond, OR 97756-8697