Small Farms

SMALL FARMS CLASSES January-April 2014

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"REAP" GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP for SOLAR ELECTRIC
Tuesday, April 22
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: OSU Extension Classroom. REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) Grants are exclusively for small businesses and farms located in rural areas. In southern Oregon, rural businesses in Jackson County (excluding those inside the city limits of Ashland and Medford) may apply. All businesses in Josephine County are eligible, including those located inside Grants Pass.  Register at TrueSouthSolar.net/USDA or call 1-800-947-1187

SELECTING LIVESTOCK for the Small Farm
Thursday, April 24
6-9 pm     REGISTER ON LINE
Cost: $20 
Location: Josephine County Extension Auditorium, Grants Pass
Thinking about adding livestock to your small farm? Learn about the different species of livestock, housing and handling facilities needed, labor differences, nutritional requirements, marketing, zoning, where to purchase animals and how to evaluate livestock for health and soundness. Register on line or with Josephine County, Sharon Evans at 541-476-6613. Make check payable to: OSU.  Mail to: OSU Extension Josephine County, 215 Ringuette St., Grants Pass, OR 97527

OUTDOOR BUSINESS Workshop for Landowners CANCELLED
Tuesday, April 29
9am - 3pm 
(sign in after 8 am)
Cost: $20 (single); $25 (couple or farm partners) REGISTER ON LINE
(register by April 24; late registration is $35, space permitting)
Location: Fort Vannoy Farms, Grants Pass
Presentation are held indoors and in the field. The aspects of outdoor businesses like trail riding, lodges, fee fishing, bird watching, conservation, agritourism and more will be covered.
Sponsors: Mississippi State Universtiy, Oregon State Univery Extension Josephine County,  Oregon Farm Bureau, Natural Resource Enterprises.

HAY ASSESSMENT, a class for Hay Buyers
Tuesday, May 20
6-9 pm
Cost: $20  REGISTER ON LINE

Instructors Shelby Filley, Angie Boudro, Mylan Bohle. Location: OSU SOREC Extension Auditorium
Become a savvy hay buyer with more education.  Topics covered include a review of how hay is made, how to understand hay analysis, matching hay to animal needs, evaluating quality of hay.

RAISING HERITAGE POULTRY
Thursday, May 29
9 am - 5 pm
Cost: $69 
($79 after May 23)
Workshop by Sustainable Poultry Network.  Host and co-sponsor OSU Extension Small Farms. Location: OSU SOREC Extension Auditorium.
This is a workshop for Small, Sustainable Poultry Farmers who interested in breeding, growing and selling standard bred poultry. Register on line with Sustainable Poultry Network:
http://www.sustainablepoultrynetwork.com/event/raising-heritage-poultry-for-profit-and-pleasure-south-oregon-area/

BENEFICIAL INSECTS
Wednesday, June 4
5-8 pm
Cost: $20
  REGISTER ON LINE
Instructor: Gwendolyn Ellen.  Location: Hanley Farm
The class covers the basics of agricultural biodiversity and how to increase it and the biology and identification of beneficial insects and their relationships to crop pests in vegetables and orchard systems. Also covered: information on habitat and practices northwest farmers use to keep beneficial insects (including native pollinators) on the farm Tour of flowering plants and beneficial insects on the farm if weather permits. Dress accordingly and bring hand lens or insect net if you like. Pre-registration is required.

MANAGING DRYLAND FOR LIVESTOCK
Monday, June 30
6-9 pm
Cost: $20
  REGISTER ON LINE
Instructor: Angie Boudro Location: OSU Extension, Auditorium
The majority of land in Jackson County is not irrigated, and yet, few appreciate drylands as the resource they can be.  Learn about managing these non-irrigated lands for forage and livestock production, including managing the seed bank, what species are desirable, fertilizing, nutritional value, and grazing management. We'll also discuss the myriad of benefits well-managed drylands offer to the watershed and the entire community.

EXTENSION UPCOMING EVENTS
in Jackson County

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. Objectives include working with small acreage landowners to improve stewardship practices, emphasizing land management, soil and water quality, as well as small farm alternative and specialty marketing through the creation and enhancement of local and regional food systems and farm direct marketing channels.
The program works toward improving small farm horticultural production and small-scale livestock, poultry and forage production. Specialty, organic, pasture-raised and niche crop production is emphasized.

MORE SMALL FARMS INFORMATION    

  Information about the
  FOOD MODERNIZATION SAFETY ACT  (FSMA) and how it may affect your small farm.  Comments from farmers are still being collected by law makers.
Read more...
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: 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. 

 

 

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