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.
The program works toward improving small farm horticultural production and small-scale livestock, poultry & forage production. Specialty, organic, pasture-raised and niche crop production is emphasized.
STARTING A FARM STAND
Oct. 22, Wednesday
5:30 - 8 pm
$15 REGISTER ON LINE
Instructors: Maud Powell, OSU Small Farms, and Kelly Madding, Jackson Co. Planner
Every consider opening up a farm stand? This class will cover topics including county regulations and fees, considerations for opening a farm stand and tips for making a farm stand successful. Producers with successful farm stands from Whistling Duck and Easy Valley Farms will share their experience. For more information contact Maud Powell, email@example.com or call 541-776-7371.
RECIPE TO MARKET CREATING A FOOD BUSINESS
Part 2: Nov. 1 (of 4-part series)
10 am to 5 pm (Josephine County Extension Auditorium in Grants Pass)
$55 (discount, series of 4) REGISTER ON LINE
Details, additional dates, costs per class: read more...
ALL ABOUT SOIL
Nov. 15, Saturday
9 am - 12:30 pm
$20 (Call 541-476 6613 to register)
Location: Josephine County Extension Auditorium 215 Ringuette St. Grants Pass
Instructor: James Cassidy, OSU Senior Instructor, Soil Physics & Organic Agriculture-Corvallis
Do you have only a vague idea of what soil is and how it works? Learn about the reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients.
Using just your hands and eyes you can evaluate you soil and know what to do to improve it for your growing goals! Lecture, demonstrations and your soil! Be introduced to fantastic on-line tools to help map your own place! Bring your own soil and/or learn from soil we'll provide.
AG SQUARED-Farm Record Keeping Tools Intro
Nov. 21, Friday
10 am - 3 pm
$20 REGISTER ON LINE
This class is offered by OSU Extension Small Farms, Thrive and AgSquared to train farmers in best management practices. Learn how to use this online tool to both plan and manage an increase in production, plus keep the records needed in order to track farm growth over a period of time. Instructors: Drew Katz and David Wides, AgSquared Customer Success Team. And, Jeff Higley, a local Applegate Valley farmers will talk about his experience using AgSquared.
Location: RCC/SOU Higher Education Center
101 South Bartlett Street; Medford
FARM WHOLESALE PROFITABILITY Trip and Tour
Dec. 8, 9 Monday, Tuesday
9:00 am (car pool at OSU Extension)
$25 (covers cost of van, tours, presentations and lunch Tuesday at Persephone Farm)
Participants are responsible for the costs of their own food and lodging.
REGISTER ON LINE-$25 (ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT 10/21)
Ever wonder if selling wholesale might be a profitable alternative or addition to your farmers market sales? This trip may be for you. Read more...
Objectives of the Small Farm Program:
Note: Partial scholarships are available for some classes and programs. Please inquire with the small farms program. Scholarship Application for OSU Small Farms
Rogue Farm Corps Often partners with OSU Extension Small Farms, sharing the goal of farming education.
About Maud Powell, OSU Extension Small Farms Faculty: 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 541-776-7371, ext. 208
For any further information contact:
Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
569 Hanley Road
Central Point , OR 97502
(541) 776-7371 x208