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  October, November and December...

HORSES AND MUD
Oct. 18, Saturday
1-4 pm

Cost: $25  OK to show up and pay at the door. On ine registration is closed.
Protect the health of your horses and other livestock. Learn how to manage winter mud and manure. 
This class will be held at Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, 89 Alder St, Central Point.

RECIPE TO MARKET CREATING A FOOD BUSINESS
4 Part Series
Part 2: Nov. 1
10 am to 5 pm
(Josephine County Extension Auditorium in Grants Pass)
$55 (discount, series of 4)  REGISTER ON LINE
Details, additional dates, costs per class: read more...

FARMERS RISING Convivium, Springfield, OR
Oct. 17,18,19

STARTING A FARM STAND  
Oct. 22, Wednesday
5:30 - 9 pm
$15  REGISTER ON LINE
read more...

ALL ABOUT SOIL
Nov. 15, Saturday
9 am - 12:30 pm
$20  (Call 541-476 6613 to register)
Location: Josephine County Extension Auditorium 215 Ringuette St. Grants Pass
Instructor: James Cassidy, OSU Senior Instructor, Soil Physics & Organic Agriculture-Corvallis
Do you have only a vague idea of what soil is and how it works?  Learn about the reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients.
Using just your hands and eyes you can evaluate you soil and know what to do to improve it for your growing goals!  Lecture, demonstrations and your soil!  Be introduced to fantastic on-line tools to help map your own place!  Bring your own soil and/or learn from soil we'll provide.

AG SQUARED-Farm Record Keeping Tools Intro
Nov. 21, Friday
10 am - 3 pm
$20 REGISTER ON LINE
This class is offered by OSU Extension Small Farms, Thrive and AgSquared to train farmers in best management practices. Learn how to use this online tool to both plan and manage an increase in production, plus keep the records needed in order to track farm growth over a period of time. Instructors: Drew Katz and David Wides, AgSquared Customer Success Team. And, Jeff Higley, a local Applegate Valley farmers will talk about his experience using AgSquared.
Location: RCC/SOU Higher Education Center
101 South Bartlett Street; Medford

FARM WHOLESALE PROFITABILITY Trip and Tour
Dec. 8, 9 Monday, Tuesday
9:00 am
(car pool at OSU Extension)
$25
(covers cost of van, tours, presentations and lunch Tuesday at Persephone Farm)
Participants are responsible for the costs of their own food and lodging.
REGISTER ON LINE-$25
Ever wonder if selling wholesale might be a profitable alternative or addition to your farmers market sales? This trip may be for you.  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

Apply for scholarship.

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. Location: Jackson County Extension Center Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd Central Point.

STARTING A FARM STAND
Wednesday, Oct. 22
5:30 - 9 pm
Cost:$15.00 REGISTER ON LINE
Instructors: Maud Powell, OSU Small Farms, and Kelly Madding, Jackson Co. Planner
Every consider opening up a farm stand? This class will cover topics including county regulations and fees, considerations for opening a farm stand and tips for making a farm stand successful. Producers with successful farm stands from Whistling Duck and Easy Valley Farms will share their experience. For more information contact Maud Powell, maud.powell@oregonstate.edu or call 541-776-7371.

 

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