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.
Classes Coming Up...
Seed Academy, 5-day training
Sept. 10-14 Wednesday through Sunday
Instructors: Don Tipping, Bill McForman and Special Guests
Sponsored by Siskiyou Seeds, OSU Extension Small Farms, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
SEEDS ACADEMY LIVE
Mark your calendar!
A beginner and advanced track of workshops will run all day.
STARTING A FARM STAND read more...
MOCK "GAP" AUDIT ( Good Ag Practices) read more...
RECIPE TO MARKET read more...
GROWING AGRIPRENEURS, April - October. 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. email@example.com 541-776-7371, ext. 208
Seed Breeding and Production in the Rogue Valley:
A farm tour and Primer for Beginning Seed Farmers
Specialty Seed Crops represent a great niche market to small, sustainable farms in the Rogue Valley. Tour of two family farms currently working on innovative breeding projects and cooperative seed marketing. For people interested in growing specialty seed crops, attend an optional class for Beginning Seed Growers with Siskiyou Seed's owner and long-time seed grower Don Tipping in the afternoon. Enrollment limited to 30.
Apply for scholarship.
A thriving pasture is a mainstay of healthy livestock. You may be ready to renovate your pasture for fall if it is not looking its best. Whether the problem is irrigation, over-grazing, or weed invasion this class will give you the information you need to improve and maintain a healthy pasture.
You will learn the basics of how grass grows and the soil and fertilization requirements to support it. We'll cover how to select the appropriate grasses and legunes for the type of soil, drainage and the livestock the pasture serves. Once renovated, you need to know how to maintain a healthy pasture and how you can use rotational grazing to maximize pasture health and productivity. Instructor: Angela Boudro
HORSES AND MUD
Saturday, Sept. 20
9 am to 1 pm
Cost: $25 REGISTER ON LINE
It's been a hot, dry summer, but, winter is coming, And, with it comes MUD! Learn about mud and manure management, all-weather surface construction, horse health issues, pasture and grazing management, grant programs, and more! Although we focus on horses, much of the information is applicable to the various livestock species. Snacks will be provided. A place in the class is reserved upon receipt of payment.
RAISING GOATS AND LAMBS FOR MEAT
Monday, Oct. 13
Cost: $20 REGISTER ON LINE
Instructors: Angie Boudro, Shelby Filley and Dr. Charles Estill.
Sheep and goats are smaller than cattle, are easier to handle, require fewer and less expensive facilities, and to top it off, the market for their meat is hot! Learn the basics of raising these animals: nutrition, housing and handling facilities, breeds, common husbandry practices, diseases, grazing and marketing will be covered.
For any further information contact:
Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
569 Hanley Road
Central Point , OR 97502
(541) 776-7371 x208