Mid-Columbia Small Farms & Acreage


Free Online Permaculture Class

With a focus on ethics and whole-system design, permaculture creates sustainable human settlements, furthering solutions for today’s big issues like climate change, food security, and poverty.

Intro to Permaculture is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), starting May 2, 2016. This free course is open to anyone, in any country who speaks English and has an Internet connection – that means you! And your family…and your friends…and your co-workers. You get the idea.

Andrew Millison - with nearly 20 years of experience - leads this course, covering the basic principles of regenerative land design, looking at fundamentals of horticulture,  agriculture, ecology, shelter, and more. Over four weeks, you will learn how to articulate and apply whole-system strategies for a variety of climates. Plus, interactive videos, graphics and readings ensure you can participate no matter your experience or learning style.

Visit the registration page to see preview content, the course syllabus and more!


Croptime and Cover Crop Workshop with Nick Andrews

Thursday, May 12th

10:00 AM-Noon: Croptime

Learn about the new Croptime website (http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/croptime). Croptime can help you schedule vegetable planting and harvest dates using degree-days rather than calendar day estimates from seed catalogs. Nick will introduce the project and demonstrate how to use Croptime. Bring your laptop or tablet and try using Croptime during the class!

1:00-4:00PM: Cover crops and nutrient management

Nick will introduce you to cover cropping and nutrient management in vegetable rotations using the Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator (http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/calculator). He will walk you through the steps needed to
interpret your soil test results, determine your fertilizer recommendation, account for cover crop nitrogen and choose the most cost-effective and balanced organic fertilizer program. Bring your laptop or tablet and try using the Calculator during the class!

Hood River County Extension Conference Room

2990 Experiment Station Dr.

Hood River, OR 97031

Register to attend one or both sessions with Rachel Suits at 541-386-3343 ext 38257



Local Workshops and Educational Opportunities

Women in Sustainable Ag Conference November 30-December 2, 2016 in Portland, OR



Oregon Small Farms

Oregon Small Farm News

What can I do with my small farm?

Organic fertilizer and cover crop calculator

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)



Small Farm Extension Articles

Archive Newsletters

Goat Production

Risk Management

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