Small Farms

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.

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JANUARY-APRIL 2015 CLASSES and EVENTS

WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY SMALL FARM
March 17;   6-9 pm
Cost:  $25   REGISTER ON LINE

LOCATION: Jackson County Extension
You may not recognize the complicated web of detail involved in your decision of what to do with your acreage. This classs offers resources about getting your very own Small Farm started.

GROWING AGRIPRENEURS-begins in April
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a season of farm training-April-October, 4 hours/week)
COST: $350 single (couples discount, $600)  REGISTER ON LINE
In partnership with Oregon Department of Agriculture, Rogue Farm Corp and Thrive.  The Growing Agripreneurs Program is designed for beginning farmers interested in gaining hands-on skills, classroom knowledge and one-on-one mentoring.Topics include cover-cropping, irrigation, pest management and more.
Note: Partial scholarships are available for some classes and programs.  Please inquire with the small farms program. 
Scholarship Application for OSU Small Farms

FARM EQUIPMENT-REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE, 3 SATURDAYS IN APRIL
Basic: April 4;  Hands-On Advanced April 11,and 18. 1-5 PM each Saturday
Read details and register...

BASIC FARM EQUIPMENT, Maintenance and Repair (Intro class)
Saturday, April 4;  1-5 pm
Cost: $20
  REGISTER ON LINE 

HANDS-ON FARM EQUIPMENT, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR (Advanced class)
Two Saturdays. April 11th and 18th 
1-5 pm
Cost: $100 (2-days instruction)  REGISTER ON LINE

SEED ACADEMY  April 8-12, full days at Seven Seeds Farm
Read more, including registration information and cost: http://www.sevenseedsfarm.com/

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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