Mid-Columbia Small Farms & Acreage


Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program

The Small Farms Program serves commercial small farms as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. Our focus embraces both organic/biological and conventional farming systems and emphasizes five areas:

  • Commercial small farms
  • Small acreage landowners
  • Beginning farmers
  • Community food systems
  • Specialty & niche crops

 Contact Rachel Suits at 541-386-3343 for small farming questions

Oregon Small Farms Conference

Oregon State University Campus in Corvallis at the LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Registration now open for 2017 OSU Small Farms Conference - February 18th, 2017!

The Oregon Small Farms Conference is a daylong event geared toward farmers, agricultural professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets.  Twenty-seven educational sessions are offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers and include a track in Spanish. Speakers include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness, and more.



Save the date: On-farm food safety training for Oregon produce farmers

NOTE: Workshop #2 there will be a van travelling from Hood River Extension to the workshop. If you want to join in the workshop, contact Rachel Suits at rachel.suits@oregonstate.edu.

The OSU Center for Small Farms has teamed up with FamilyFarmed to bring their On-Farm Food Safety Project to Oregon in February in three day-long workshops: February 16, 17, and 19.

These workshops, taught by Atina Diffley, nationally known farmer & on-farm food safety expert, will cover practical food safety strategies for your farm, along with up-to-date guidance on FSMA requirements and compliance strategies.

Workshop #1 is designed for mid-scale produce farmers

  • When: February 16
  • Where: OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, OR 97002)

Workshop #2 is designed for small-scale, diversified produce farmers

  • When: February 17
  • Where: Food Innovation Center (1207 NW Naito Pkwy #154, Portland, OR 97209)

Workshop #3 is designed for small-scale, diversified produce farmers

  • When: February 19 – the day after the OSU Small Farms Conference
  • Where: OSU Alumni Center, Corvallis (725 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331)

The cost of each workshop is only $15, thanks to funding support from USDA’s Risk Management Agency. 

Space is limited, with preference given to produce farmers.

For more information or to register, contact Heidi Noordijk (heidi.noordijk@oregonstate.edu) or visit this info & registration page.

FamilyFarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities.

Crop Talks

Monthly farm tours during the growing season on the 4th Tuesday each month. This project is in collaboration with the Rockford Grange that allow farmers to network and learn from each other. Please stay tuned for the 2017 schedule.


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