Small Farms

About the OSU Small Farms Program: The OSU Extension Small Farms program concentrates on Josephine and Jackson counties commercial small farm entrepreneurs as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. It provides consultation, educational programs, materials and resources addressing conventional and organic/biological farming systems consistent with clientele goals.

Goals of the Small Farm Program:

The goal of the Small Farms program is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of small farms by employing appropriate scale production and marketing techniques. Objectives include working with small acreage landowners to improve stewardship practices emphasizing land management and soil and water quality. As well, the program hopes to improve small farm horticultural production and small-scale livestock, poultry and forage production emphasizing specialty, organic, pasture-raised and niche crop production. Another emphasis of the program is on small farm alternative and specialty marketing through the creation and enhancement of local and regional food systems and farm direct marketing channels.


Maud Powell

About Maud Powell: Maud has an M.A. from Antioch University Seattle in Environment and Community Studies, and received her B.A. from Swarthmore College in Comparative Religion. She and her husband have owned and operated Wolf Gulch Farm, a small diversified vegetable and seed farm, in the Little Applegate Valley, for ten years. Maud worked for four years as the Project Manager for the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative, and currently coordinates their Community Supported Agriculture Program. Maud is passionate about reinvigorating rural communities by strengthening local economies and increasing food and fiber production.

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