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.


2015 Beef Industry Dinner & Meeting
Dec. 9, 4 pm
TOPIC: Reproductive Management and Genetics of Beef Cattle

Date: December 9th, 2015 - 4:00 to 7:30 pm
Call 541-672-4461 to reserve your seats
Black Bear Diner, 1150 E Barnett Rd, Medford, OR
  $10.00/person (No-host dinner, but registration fee may be applied towards dinner)


January 11 and 12.  Cost: $90  REGISTER ON LINE


GROWING FARMS, Successful Whole-Farm Management

A series of education on-line and on Thursdays, Jan. 21, Feb. 11 and 25, Mar. 10 and field trip.

Cost:  $295 one; $440 couple or farm partners  REGISTER ON LINE

This workshop series is designed for farmers in their first five years of business. The course provides beginning specialty crop and livestock farmers with the tools and knowledge to manage both the biological and financial risks of farming, as well as evaluate the family aspects of a farm business.  As a hybrid course it includes on-line modules, classroom and a field day.  Gain the skills to assess your farm enterprise and develop a whole farm plan. The workshop series includes an extensive resource binder and workbook. In addition, participants will have a chance to become acquainted with their local farm community. Instructors include OSU faculty, experienced farmers and other professionals.

Topics follow a natural sequence, from planning through production to long-term management. As participants progress through the Growing Farms series, their ideas about farming and ranching as a lifestyle and business become more focused.  Six major topics will be covered:

  • Dream It: Strategic Planning
  • Grow It: Production
  • Do It: Farm Operations
  • Sell It: Marketing Strategies
  • Manage It: Farm Finances
  • Keep It: Managing Risk

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

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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




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.  541-776-7371, ext. 208

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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