Lynn Ketchum

Southern Willamette Valley Small Farms Program

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

  • Small Acreage Stewardship—Addressing land management and soil and water quality for non-commercial small acreages.
  • Commercial Small Farms—Addressing high value horticulture, livestock and poultry, and alternative crop production emphasizing organic and pasture based systems and specialty and niche production. Value-added product development is often integrated with production.
  • Community Food Systems—Addressing alternative and specialty marketing through creation and enhancement of local and regional food systems and farm direct marketing channels. Farmers markets, agritourism, farm to retail and institution sales are special emphasizes.

Southern Willamette Valley Small Farm Needs Assessment 

An evaluation of existing data, focus groups, interviews with key community partners and findings from a survey of small-scale farmers, ranchers and landowners in the Benton, Lane and Linn County region.

Lynn Ketchum

Small Farm Resources

Oregon Small Farms website - provides information for the commercial small farmer as well as the small acreage landowner. It is hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program.

Oregon Department of Agriculture - the place to go to find the answer to the questions like "Do I need a permit for that?" and other laws and regulations affecting farmers.

OSU Extension Service Publications and Multimedia Catalog - a searchable database that houses our publications. Search by topic or program area.

STEPS for Healthy and Sustainable Rural Living on Small Acreages in Oregon- a guide to develop a land management strategy for your small acreage property.

Materials from Past Workshops:

Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages Series (2017)

Small-Scale Poultry Production (2014)

Learn About Raising Pigs (2014)

Willamette Women's Farmer Network

Willamette Women's Farm Network (WWFN) for central and southern Willamette Valley

Mission Statement

We are a community of women from central and southern Willamette Valley of Oregon, that are actively engaged in farm and ranch activities. We join together to further our knowledge of farm and ranch related issues both in the market place and in agricultural practices. We are working together to enhance our economic self-sufficiency through shared experience, resources, and visions of how our farm work will impact ourselves and our community. We will provide each member a safe, supportive environment and opportunity to learn safety and lawful practices regarding farming/ranching that promotes responsibility, profitability and conservation of the land.

The WWFN formed in November 2008 and has grown to 170 women farmers and friends.  They keep in touch through an e-mail list-serve that is used to ask questions, seek advice, give information and plan gatherings.  Women from the group gather for hands-on learning, farm walks, knowledge sharing, and socializing periodically.

Follow WWFN on Facebook.

To join the WWFN or for more information, contact the coordinator Melissa Fery at (541) 730-3538