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.


2016 CLASSES-Details

The DOWN and DIRTY
Practical Application of Soil Management Principles
September 6th, Tuesday-5:30 -8:30 pm and 10th-9 am to 12
COST: $40 one/$50 two from same farm FLYER

Demonstrations and discussion of how different management practices and equipment affect soil quality, the relationship between soil and plants, hand versus mechanical tillage, soil structure and texture, the cast of characters in the soil, how to change and improve our soil and so much more! 

HORSES AND MUD
September 8th, Thursday-5:30 -8:30 pm
COST: $15 one/$25 two from same farm
Location: SOREC, Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd. Central Point 

FLYER   With winter comes MUD! Learn about mud and manure management, all-weather surface construction, horse health issues, pasture and
grazing management, and more.

GRASS-FINISHED MEATS SCHOOL, Sept. 16,17,20,22,23
Location: OSU Extension Auditorium, Jackson County: SOREC, 569 Hanley Rd. Central Point.
Also, a local ranch and Montgomery Meats in Central Point.
FLYER Grass-finished meats offer a lot of promise to both consumers and producers. This class will cover all the grass/forage finished species – lamb, goat and beef. Local producers and consultants join world-renowned author-experts Jim Gerrish, Diana Rodgers and Adam Danforth in this program to cover nutrition, how to produce and manage the best forages for the best meats, selecting livestock for grass-production, live animal and carcass evaluation, butchery, meat taste and texture, and how to market your product.

GET YER GOAT-Goat Education Day
October 1, Saturday 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR. Details to come.


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

 

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