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

Mark your calendars for our Local Food Buyer + Seller MatchmakerThursday, February 9th, 6 - 8pm at Springhouse Cellars in downtown Hood River.

The Matchmaker is open to:

-BUYERS of Gorge grown, raised or processed foods: chefs, supermarkets, specialty markets, restaurants, hotels, institutions, schools, distributors, and food processors in search of local ingredients for commercial purposes

-SELLERS of Gorge grown, raised or processed foods: farmers and food processors

This is a unique opportunity to network, make plans to partner, discuss challenges, and lay the groundwork for getting more local food into schools, restaurants, hospitals, universities, and businesses. The demand for using local food is strong but requires a relationship between farmers and buyers. This is a great chance to start that process.

Everyone who plans to attend is encouraged to bring business cards to ensure successful networking and foster opportunities for follow-up. Farmers are encouraged to bring a product and price list and buyers should come prepared to discuss the details of desired products (crop quality, quantity, packaging, availability, etc.)

Please complete a short survey about what you are seeking or selling to register and you will be entered into our raffle!

BUYER Registration: http://bit.ly/2jmHQXk

SELLER Registration: http://bit.ly/2iawi8A

Please contact me if you have questions.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1795279634072439/

The Ergonomics of Tools with Bob Denman from Red Pig Tools

Join the Central Gorge Master Gardener group on Saturday, February 11th from 1-4pm at the Hood River Valley Christian Church to learn more about the ergonomics of tools with Bob Denman. Red Pig Tools specializes in hand crafted gardening tools. This workshop is a free event open to small farmers in the Central Gorge. If you are interested in attending the event, contact Rachel Suits at rachel.suits@oregonstate.edu to reserve a spot since space is limited.



Registration is open for On-farm food safety training for Oregon produce farmers

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 that are covered by the FSMA Produce Rule selling primarily to wholesale markets

·         When: February 16

·         Where: OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, OR 97002)

Topics covered:

  • FSMA produce rule and your farm
  • FSMA status and compliance dates
  • Agricultural water: water use descriptions and test plans
  • Post harvest handling and storage for quality and safety
  • Food safety checklists and plan 

Workshops # 2 and 3 are designed for small-scale, diversified produce farmers that sell primarily into direct specialty markets


·         When: February 17: There is a van from Hood River Extension driving to this workshop. If you are interested in traveling in the van, contact Rachel Suits at rachel.suits@oregonstate.edu. Sign up through the “Headwaters Farmers Registration” page

·         Where: Food Innovation Center (1207 NW Naito Pkwy #154, Portland, OR 97209)


·         When: February 19 – the day after the OSU Small Farms Conference

·         Where: OSU Alumni Center, Corvallis (725 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331)

 Topics covered:

  • FSMA produce rule and your farm
  • Post harvest handling for quality and safety
  • Designing your packing shed for efficiency and food safety
  • Risk assessments
  • Agricultural water-irrigation strategies
  • Food safety checklists and plan

Registration for all workshops is $15 and includes:

  •  Lunch
  • 2 FamilyFarmed manuals: Direct Market Success and Wholesale Success
  • A Food Safety Binder with action plans and food safety plan templates

Thanks to funding support from USDA’s Risk Management Agency for keeping registration costs low. 

Space is limited, with preference given to produce farmers.

**Register Here**

For questions please visit the Growing Success: Best Practices in On-farm Food Safety webpage or contact Heidi Noordijk (heidi.noordijk@oregonstate.edu) 

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. 

NRCS High Tunnel EQIP Program: Application Due Date February 17th

This year NRCS Oregon is expanding their Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative to help both urban and rural communities increase local  crop production, especially in communities where farm-fresh produce isn’t readily accessible.
NRCS is doubling their investment this year in the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative by making $400,000 available to eligible producers and groups. The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative is open to individuals, businesses, nonprofits, Indian Tribes, legal entities, or joint operations who are either currently engaged in crop production OR who have a demonstrated interest in crop production. Examples of eligible groups include individual farmers, farm entities, or grower groups which may consist of community garden organizations, non-profits, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations, and more.
NRCS accepts applications continuously for seasonal high tunnels, with application deadlines throughout the year. The next application deadline is Feb. 17.
For more information, please view the attached High Tunnel FAQs, or visit our High Tunnel webpage. See the full news release announcement on our website here.



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.

Pricing Info: 

  • Register between Dec 16-Jan 25: $50
  • Register between Jan 26-Feb 10: $75
  • Register on-site (day of event): $150 (subject to availability)



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