Small Farms

SMALL FARMS CLASSES August 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...

SEEDS OF THE FUTURE-Seed Breeding & Production in the Rogue Valley
August 16  10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$25.00
Read more....   REGISTER

Pasture Management-Josephine County
Thursday, August 28

6-9 pm
Cost: $10
Read more.... to register, call 541-476-6613 (Josephine County Extension Office)

Seed Academy, 5-day training
Sept. 10-14
Wednesday through Sunday
Agenda: www.sevenseedsfarm.com/events-classes-2013/
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

Details coming. For now, mark your calendar!

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

Adults: $35; Youth: $20
CHEESEMAKING, a separate all day training on Goat Day, $50

A beginner and advanced track  of workshops will run all day.
Read more....  REGISTER

RAISING GOATS AND LAMBS FOR MEAT
Oct. 13, Monday. All information to come. Mark your calendar.

 

 

GROWING AGRIPRENEURS, April - October.  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 or REGISTER ON LINE
Location:  Josephine County Extension; 215 Ringuette, Grants Pass

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

 

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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