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SEED GROWERS NETWORK MEETING 6/18 at 6pm
Location: OSU Extension Auditorium

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.

MAY-AUGUST 2015 CLASSES and EVENTS

PURCHASING RURAL & SMALL FARM PROPERTY, 3-Class Series
Mondays, June 15,22,29
;  5:30 - 8:30 pm
$45 REGISTER ON LINE

Instructors: Maud Powell, OSU Extension Small Farms, Angela Boudro, and local experts.
Many people in or coming to Jackson County dream of a small farm in the country. Buying and owning rural property comes with a host of special considerations. Get the Facts about wells, septic systems, zoning requirements and limitations, special assessments, water and soil needs, farm product marketing restriction and water rights. And, learn about how to find the perfect piece of property, loan options and how the closing process works. Each class may be taken individually for $20 each. Soupe attends at no additional cost.

BENEFICIAL INSECTS ON THE FARM
Wednesday, June 24, 2015;  1-5 pm
$20 REGISTER ON LINE
Instructor: Gwendolyn Elen, Integrated Plant Protection Center, Oregon State University. OSU Extension and Field Sites.

SEED GROWERS NETWORK MEETING
Thursday, June 18m 2015;  6-8 pm
; at the OSU Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd. Central Point. FREE  
Topic of discussion: Contracting with Seed Companies.  Read more...
RSVP paula.burkhalter@oregonstate.edu

Note: Partial scholarships are available for some classes and programs.  Please inquire with the small farms program.  Scholarship Application for selected OSU Small Farms events

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

Apply for scholarship.

 

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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