Small Farms Specialist
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Content by Garry Stephenson
Aug 2001Farmers' markets play a significant and expanding role in ensuring the viability of America's small farms and the vitality of its towns. Although their importance in the food distribution system is growing, they are poorly understood. At the local level, most farmers’ markets lack the resources, the information and the skill that they need to document their role in the community and to plan for the future.
Nov 2006Farmers’ markets in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States are experiencing exceptional popularity with consumers and growth in numbers. This report examines the conditions associated with success and failure of individual farmers’ markets and provides information and recommendations for market organizers to assist with their decision making and strategic planning.
Jun 2013During September, faculty with the OSU Small Farms Program attended the 6th National Small Farms Conference. The conference occurs every three years and attracts people from throughout the U.S. who work with small scale farming from the extension service, USDA agencies and non-profit organizations. The OSU crew gave seven presentations on our education and research programs. This ...
Jun 2013A new report from Oregon State University and Oregon Tilth, Inc. offers insights into how to enhance organic agriculture in Oregon. Unlike traditional agriculture research assessments, the report reaches beyond the farm, capturing the points of view of a variety of organic community stakeholders—local retailers, farmers’ market managers, produce distributors, farm to school program ...