Small Farms

SMALL FARMS CLASSES September-December 2014

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
in  September...

SEED ACADEMY, 5-day training
Sept. 10-14
Wednesday through Sunday

Registration and details: http://www.eventbee.com/v/seedacademyfall2014

Instructors: Don Tipping, Bill McForman and Special Guests
Sponsored by Siskiyou Seeds, OSU Extension Small Farms, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
SEEDS ACADEMY LIVE

HORSES AND MUD
Sept. 20, Saturday

Cost: $25   REGISTER ON LINE
Instructors: Angie Boudro and Paul DiMaggio. Read more...

GOAT DAY-Get Yer Goat
Sept. 27, Saturday
8:30 am - 4 pm

Adults: $35; Youth: $20  ADULTS-Register on line; YOUTH-Register on line
CHEESEMAKING, a separate all day training on Goat Day,
REGISTER ON LINE  ADULTS $50;   YOUTH $35; 
A beginner and advanced track  of workshops will run all day. Auditorium and Classroom.

Mark your calendar!

RAISING GOATS AND LAMBS FOR MEAT
Oct. 13, Monday.
6 - 9 PM. 
Cost: $20   REGISTER ON LINE

Mark your calendar. Read more...

STARTING A FARM STAND  
Oct. 22, Wednesday
5:30 - 9 pm
Cost: $15  REGISTER ON LINE
Mark your calendar.  Class description to come.
read more...

CREATING A FOOD BUSINESS-RECIPE TO MARKET
4 Part Series
1: Oct. 15, Wednesday, 6-8:30 pm at the Tap Room- Intro & tasting

$55
(discount, series of 4)  REGISTER ON LINE
Details, additional dates, costs per class: read more...

ALL Classes & Events in Jackson County

Objectives of the Small Farm Program:

  • Offer a wide variety of classes, many topics suggested by our local farmers, to become the resource they need for education and answers 
  • Improve stewardship practices of small acreage landowners;
  • Land management: improve soil and water quality and conservation;
  • Small farm alternative and specialty marketing (through local and regional food systems and farm direct marketing channels).
  • Facilitate farmers knowing other farmers

MORE SMALL FARMS INFORMATION    

ODA: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/ADMD/pages/fsma_oregon.aspx

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.

Photo of Maud PowellAbout 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. maud.powell@oregonstate.edu  541-776-7371, ext. 208

CLASS DETAILS

SEEDS OF THE FUTURE
Saturday, August 16
10 am to 3:30 pm
$25.00  REGISTER ON LINE

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.

PASTURE MANAGEMENT, August 28, Thursday
6-9 pm
Cost: $10
    Register: 541-476-6613
Location:  Josephine County Extension; 215 Ringuette, Grants Pass

Instructors:  Angie Boudro, Maud Powell 
A thriving pasture is a mainstay of healthy livestock and a healthy farm or ranch. Whether you've struggled with irrigation, over-grazing, weed invasion or simply want to get more from your pastures, 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 how the grazing animal should be managed to optimize forage and animal production. We'll discuss common forage species, soil, fertilization and livestock with a focus on building and maintaining a healthy pasture through appropriate grazing management.

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
6-9 PM
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.

STARTING A FARM STAND
Wednesday, Oct. 22
5:30 - 9 pm
Cost:$15.00 REGISTER ON LINE

 

For any further information contact:

Maud Powell
Small Farms
Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
569 Hanley Road
Central Point , OR 97502
(541) 776-7371 x208 

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