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Beginning Farmers

What can I do with my Small Farm?

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List of things you can do with a small farm.

Beginning Farms Programs

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Programs for Beginning Farmers.

Designing a Whole Farm System

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Whole Farming Principles and Strategies

By Maud Powell, Nick Andrews, Melissa Matthewson, Shelley Elkovich

Crops

Vegetable Crop Resources for Small Farms

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This collection provides useful information about vegetable production in both residential gardens and large scale farms.

Berry Crop and Grape Resources for Small Farms

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Resources describing the production tactics it takes to produce healthy berries and grapes.

Biodiversity and Pest Management Resources for Small Farms

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (B Franklin, 1706-1790). Pest prevention is a central component of integrated pest management and organic pest management strategies. Crop rotation and crop planning (i.e. timing and spacing), good nutrient and water management, enhancing natural enemies and choosing disease or insect resistant varieties will enhance the resilience of your farm. When these methods are insufficient it is sometimes necessary to use natural or synthetic pesticides to manage pests well enough to produce high quality crops.

Livestock

Beef Cattle Resources for Small Farms

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This page provides information for the beef producer. Some topics you'll find here are production, breeds, reproduction, calving, nutrition, health, and other resources.
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Dairy Resources for Small Farms

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This page provides information on the dairy animal and contains topics like: production, manure and nutrient management, nutrition, health, and other dairy resources.

Swine Resources for Small Farms

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This page provides information for the hog producer. Some topics that are included are: production, breeds, reproduction, farrowing, nutrition, health, manure management, and other swine resources.

Sheep Resources for Small Farms

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This page provides information for the sheep producer. Some of the topics available are production, breeds, reproduction, lambing, nutrition, health, and other sheep resources.

Horse Resources for Small Farms

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This page is designed for the horse owner. Topics in this collection include: Management, breeds, reproduction, foaling, nutrition, health, and other equine resources.

Goat Resources for Small Farms

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An informational collection providing links and pages for the goat producer.

Poultry Resources for Small Farms

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This collection was designed to provide information for the poultry producer/owner.

Other Livestock Species Resources for Small Farms

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This collection provides information about production animals found on small farms like honeybees, bison, and ducks.

Additional Livestock Resources for Small Farms

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This collection provides information about additional livestock resources available for small farm livestock producers.

Pastures

Pasture Irrigation and Fencing Resources for Small Farms

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Publications and articles informing the public about how to properly irrigate and fence in forage pastures.

Mud and Manure Management Resources for Small Farms

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Publications and documents demonstrating the art of Mud and Manure Management for the pastures and forage crop. These contain useful information that are important when managing and producing livestock on pasture.

Weed, Poisonous Plant, and Pest Resources for Small Farms

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These publications are shared to teach farmers and agriculturalists how to properly control weeds and poisonous plants and pests. Handbooks and management fact-sheets are provided as well as a list of common pasture weeds, poisonous plants, and other pests that affect pastures.

Pasture Nutrient Management Resources for Small Farms

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This collection of links and publications are compiled information about managing nutrient levels in your pasture. This includes soil testing and assessment, application of fertilizers and minerals, and nutrient cycling in a forage pasture.

Hay Production Resources for Small Farms

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Harvested hay is a valuable product and necessary for supplemental feeding throughout Oregon. Learn about making hay, managing fields, testing, and storing hay.

Pasture and Grazing Management Resources for Small Farms

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Forage production is of primary importance to Oregon's livestock enterprises and agriculture economy. Pastures are kept in good condition by controlling weeds, fertilizing and most importantly, managing livestock. Implementing pasture management and grazing principles will increase forage yield and quality, provide a healthier place for livestock and improve farm aesthetics.

Soils

Soil Survey Resources for Small Farms

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Learning about the different types of soils on a farm is invaluable. Oregon alone has nearly 1,000 different kinds of soil, ranging from deep to shallow, clayey to sandy, nearly level to steeply sloping. These differences are important, because different soils require different kind of management practices.

Agricultural Composting Resources for Small Farms

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This content collection covers various composting resources such as: introductory composting information, environmental considerations, using composted organic wastes on farms, composting at livestock operations, regulatory information for Oregon, detailed technical information, and compost organizations.

Soil Nutrient Management Resources for Small Farms

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Nutrient Management, Managing nutrients, whether it is synthetic fertilizer or manure and other organic fertilizers requires planning. Determining which type of fertilizer to apply, the application rate and timing are key factors in managing soil to improve crop yield and quality, reduce fertilizer costs and help protect the environment.

Soil Improvement and Cover Crop Resources for Small Farms

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Even though different soils have some properties that cannot be changed, such as texture, soil quality can be improved by implementing good management strategies. Soils can be improved for water holding capacity, drainage, structure, and even the ability for plant roots to penetrate through the soil.

A Guide to Collecting Soil Samples for Farms and Gardens

OSU Extension Catalog

Laboratory soil tests help you develop and maintain more productive soil and increase crop production by providing information on the available nutrient content of your soil. Soil testing helps you select the correct kind and amount of fertilizer and liming material. Recommendations are based on the...

By Melissa Fery

Acidifying Soil for Crop Production West of the Cascade Mountains (Western Oregon and Washington)

OSU Extension Catalog

Explains the relationship between high soil pH and nutrient deficiencies in blueberries, rhododendrons, azaleas, and other ornamental crops. Color photos illustrate symptoms of pH-induced nutrient deficiency. Presents step-by-step instructions for lowering soil pH, either before a crop is planted or...

Marketing

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Direct Marketing Resources for Small Farms

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This page provides information about ways of direct marketing for your Ag related business.
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Farmers' Market Resources for Small Farms

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A page dedicated to information about Oregon's Farmers' Markets. This includes: research publications, rules, regulations and general information for local farmers' markets as well.
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Community Supported Agriculture Resources for Small Farms

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Community Supported Agriculture is a method of marketing produce in which members subscribe to a farm on a weekly, monthly or annual basis and in return receive a box of fresh produce throughout the growing season. This method of marketing is growing in popularity across the U.S. as consumer interest rises in local food. The CSA model ensures income for the farmer and provides a reliable food supply to consumers. There are a number of resources for farmers on how to design a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.