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Top Ten Things I Learned Buying a Small Farm

Most recently, my husband and I purchased a small farm in southern Oregon-ten acres in the Applegate Valley, a mixture of pasture, woodland, hills and weeds. We were delighted when we went into escrow and could not wait to be on the land mapping out our ideas and dreams. We did not expect the process to take six months and turn into an arduous and exhausting real ...

Melissa Matthewson | Dec 2007 | Article

Why do I need water rights for irrigation?

Many landowners are unaware that a legal right is needed to use surface water and groundwater for irrigation purposes.

Melissa Fery | Apr 2018 | Article

How Has Cannabis Legalization Affected Small Farms So Far?

The legalization of recreational cannabis is changing the farming landscape in parts of Oregon. Oregon voters passed Measure 91 in November 2014, and recreational cannabis became legal in the state the following July. Prompted by anecdotal reports, especially from Southern Oregon, about unintended consequences for Oregon farmers, several OSU Small Farms faculty surveyed attendees at the...

Lauren Gwin, Maud Powell | Oct 2017 | Article