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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

Pigs: Home on the Range?

Changing consumer preferences and values are creating opportunities for niche meat producers. One of these opportunities is pasture-based pork production. The purpose of this article is to help potential producers understand the benefits of and concerns about a pasture-based production system so problems can be avoided and success is more likely. Pigs Are Not Ruminants Humans and ...

Susan Kerr | May 2015 | Article