The Pacific Northwest is known for its high-quality produce. To preserve this reputation, all people involved in farm activities should be thoroughly trained in practices that promote health and hygiene. Farmworkers, growers, farm ...
This publication provides an overview of dry farming, describes some of the management practices that support growing organic vegetable crops without supplemental irrigation in this region, and offers some additional resources.
Organic Seed Alliance: Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. We accomplish our mission through collaborative research, education, and advocacy programs that closely engage organic farmers and other seed professionals.
National Organic Program: The National Organic Program (NOP) is a regulatory program housed within the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. We are responsible for developing national standards for organically-produced agricultural products. These standards assure consumers that products with the USDA organic seal meet consistent, uniform standards. Our regulations do not address food safety or nutrition.
Are you thinking about using manure to fertilize your farm but want more information? Properly managed manure applications recycle nutrients to crops, improve soil quality, and protect water quality. From deciding whether manure is ...
This report combines different perspectives--farmers, researchers, and food system stakeholders across statewide and sub-regional scales--to shed light on what is needed to enhance organic agriculture in Oregon. Some recommendations are ...
Veterans visit a farm as part of the Growing Agripreneur course through the OSU Small Farms program.
Photo by Maud Powell
How to Start an Organic Sustainable Farm
Growing Farms Online: Successful Whole Farm Management online course provides farmers with the tools and knowledge needed to develop and manage a successful farm business.
This course is for you if:
You are considering starting a farm business.
You are within your first five years of farming and want to grow.
You are considering major changes to your farm business.
The core of the Growing Farms course is a series of six online modules that lead you through the basics of managing a successful low impact farm business. This course is on-demand, so you can access at any time. Resources are included.
The project team offered a training course, “Growing Seed Agripreneurs,” at the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) and conducted research on the barriers and challenges to creating a regional market for local seed producers.
With targeted research, Oregon State University Extension Service and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station responded by providing growers with information on better nutrient management of those crops.
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