Prior Classes Offered

2019 Class Schedule

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2019 Small Farm School Schedule

Thursday, July 18, 2019

7:30am – 8:00am: Sign-in & Packet Pick-up

8:05am – 8:20am: Welcome and Announcements

8:30am – 10:00am: Block A Sessions

10:00am – 10:30am: Exhibitor Break

10:30am – 12:00pm: Block B Sessions

12:00pm – 1:15pm: Lunch, Exhibitors, and Ask the Expert

1:15pm – 2:45pm: Block C Sessions

3:00pm – 4:30pm: Block D Sessions

5:00pm: Extend the Conversation: Don’t want to head straight home after an inspiring day of workshops? Continue connecting at the nearby Hive Taphouse @ 13851 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045.

Here are the classes that were offered in 2017 & 2018

 

2018

Farm Taxes and Financial Planning for your Farm Operation

Learn how to identify your personal and farm business goals, and then strategize how you manage your finances so that you can achieve these goals. This comprehensive presentation will cover topics from tax planning to employment, business expansion, and succession planning. Presenter: Michael Menzies

The Care & Feeding of Hand Tools

How to clean, sharpen, repair, re-handle and otherwise maintain agricultural hand tools such as hoes, forks, shovels, rakes, cultivators, axes, and the like. The primary emphasis will be on routine preventative maintenance that makes wood handled edge tools last longer and perform reliably. Presenter: Bob Denman, Red Pig Tools

Marketing Local Meat (panel)

Learn about successful strategies in marketing your local meat products through various outlets.  The panel will include discussions from multiple perspectives along the supply chain, including restaurant, processor, and grower. Presenters: Ben Meyer, Old Salt Marketplace; Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Niche Meat Processor Assistant Network; Zach Menchini, Campfire Farms

Forage and Pasture Management for Beginners

Learn the basic concepts of forage growth and sustainable intensive grazing: when to open the gate, when to move animals off the pasture, how many animals a pasture can support. Practical skills. The 4 basic principles of good grazing. Presenter: Woody Lane, Ph.D., Ruminant Nutritionist & Forage Specialist Lane Livestock Services and President, Oregon Forage and Grassland Council

Establishing Common and not so Common Fruiting Trees and Plants on a Small Farm

Are you looking to establish fruit trees and aren’t sure where to start? Join Tonia Lordy of the Home Orchard Society to learn the steps to prepare ground for planting fruit trees. Tonia will cover soil preparation, nutrient management, irrigation, trellising and other areas that will help you get started with successful establishment.

Presenter: Tonia Lordy, Home Orchard Society

Poultry for Beginning Farmers

Are you interested in raising poultry, but not sure where to start? Megan Denton from Able Farms brings experience as a farmer and chef to this session. She’ll provide all the info needed to walk away feeling comfortable and ready to set up your own poultry operation.

Presenter: Megan Denton, Able Farms

Vegetable Nutrient Management and Cover Crops

Nick will introduce you to the principles and practices of Organic vegetable nutrient management. He will also discuss how cover crops can contribute to your nutrient management plan. OSU has conducted considerable research in this area. In this workshop, we will introduce you to proven management practices and decision-tools that can help you manage nutrients more accurately on your Organic vegetable farm. Presenter: Nick Andrews, OSU Extension

Leasing Farmland-Joys & Struggles

Landholders, land seekers, and future land seekers are all welcome to this panel of farmland lessees and lessor as they share their successes and challenges. The panel will address these questions: How do you search for land and negotiate a sale? How do both parties craft a successful lease agreement? How can you build a good landlord/tenant relationship? Presenters: Greg Malinowski, Malinowski Farm; Leah Rodgers Indigo Gardens; Elliot Mason, Ten O’Clock Acres

 

Efficiency and Ergonomics on the Farm

Farming is a physically demanding job and many of us throw ourselves at it when we’re young with unlimited energy and enthusiasm for the hard work. To make it sustainable for the long haul we also need to be smart about the tools we choose, the systems we set up and the workspaces we create. We’ll look at methods for reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling that are proven to reduce injuries, as well as examples of actual tools and systems used on small farms to get work done efficiently and safely.

Presenters: Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm and Kevin Pfau, Senior Safety Consultant SAIF Corp

Soil Health for the Farm

Many farmers are now experimenting with methods of improving the health or quality of their soil. These methods go beyond just providing adequate chemical availability of N-P-K. This session considers soil health from biological, physical, and chemical viewpoints and considers three or four principles of improving soil health. Presenter: Dean Moberg, Natural Resource Conservation Service

Advanced Forage and Pasture Management

We’ll build on your basic knowledge: stocking density, stocking rate, soil health and fertility, limestone, soil pH and the buffer index, the three types of forages, renovating pastures. Using electric fences, where to place water and minerals, etc. Presenter: Woody Lane, Ph.D., President, Oregon Forage & Grassland Council

Pests and Diseases of Fruit Trees in the Willamette Valley

What is that worm in my fruit and how about those spots?  What can I do about it? Tonia will cover the signs and symptoms of common pests and diseases found on pome fruit (apples and pears) as well as; grapes, blueberries and stone fruits (plums, peaches, cherries) in the Willamette Valley.  We will talk about the best organic management practices that you can use in your home orchards and small farms.

Presenter: Tonia Lordy, Home Orchard Society

Raising Ducks and Geese

Get more from your poultry by adding ducks and/or geese to the flock. Dave Holderread will share a lifetime of experience in raising waterfowl, as well as his passion for preserving rare breeds. If you are interested in waterfowl, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn and ask questions. Presenter: Dave Holderread, Holderread Waterfowl Farm and Preservation Center

Food Safety for Small-scale Growers

It would be terrible for any farm if their products made customers sick. Very small farms are exempt from new FDA Rules concerning food safety, unless they cause an outbreak. It is still important to understand basic on-farm food safety practices to avoid problems. There are many simple and affordable steps you can take to improve the safety of your produce. Luisa will introduce some of the main food-safety objectives in the new FDA rules, and explain the exemptions for small-scale farms. Rowan will discuss the straight-forward and common-sense practices they use at the Headwaters Incubator Program for beginning farmers. Presenters: Luisa Santamaria, OSU Extension and Rowan Steele, Headwaters Incubator Program East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

Urban Farming – Models that Work

Hear from three urban farmers about their farm operations, including their history, the pros & cons of their farm model, and the unique aspects of farming in an urban or suburban area. Time for Q&A will be provided as well. Presenters: Stacey Givens, Sideyard Farm; Gentiana Loeffler, Bluehouse Greenhouse Farm; Annika La Fave, Schoolyard Farms

Tools for the Small Vegetable Farm (panel)

Hear from 3 farmers, two of whom also design farm tools, about some of their favorite farm tools, considerations for choosing & using tools, modifying tools, and more. Presenters: Michael McGowen, Carts & Tools; Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm; Melissa Streng, Sunlove Farm

*Permanent Perimeter Fencing for Pastures

Electrified high tensile wire fence for animal containment and predator exclusion. Twice the fence for half the price of conventional fencing. Learn proper construction, energizer selection and maintenance.

Presenter: Randy Bailey, Territory Manager, Gallagher USA

offsite afternoon class, VANS lEAve @ 1:00

*Pasture Walk with Woody Lane

What to see, what to look for, how to interpret it. Very practical skills. How to identify the main forage grasses and legumes, how they grow. Estimating pasture mass. Making decisions about grazing and sustainable pastures. Presenter: Woody Lane, Ph.D., President, Oregon Forage & Grassland Council offsite afternoon class, VANS lEAve @ 1:00

Table Grapes for the Small Farm

Hear the story of Karen and Bill Farmer’s table grape adventure. They’ll share how they started in table grape production and now are producing over 20 varieties on 1/2 acre of organic production selling to specialty markets. Follow Karen as she walks you through a season in the vineyard and discusses their low input approach to growing table grapes. The heart of the session will be on variety selection and characteristics to look for in table grapes. Presenter: Karen Farmer, Farmers Table Grapes

Introduction to Rabbit Production

Join Don Arbuckle of Pigeon Lake Farm for a discussion on raising rabbits. In this session, you’ll find out what you need to get started-successfully and humanely- producing rabbits for consumption or sale.

Presenter: Don Arbuckle, Pigeon Lake Farm

Adding Value to your Produce

In January 2012, the Oregon Farm-Direct Law went into effect. This law allows small farmers to create and sell certain low-risk products like jams & jellies, dried fruit & vegetables, fermented foods and salsas from the produce that they grow, without a license, thus providing an additional revenue source, a way to use up extra produce, and also add variety to their offerings. This session will explain the rules and regulations associated with the law, its implementation, and also safe food practices for processing on-farm. Approved resources and recipes will also be provided.

Presenter: Kelly Streit, MS, RD, Food & Nutrition Instructor, OSU Extension Service

Farm Certifications Panel

Hear from a few farmers about why they have chosen certain certifications, pros & cons of each, how your particular farm & marketing situation determine which certification(s) might be appropriate for you, and more. Certifications discussed will include Organic, Certified Naturally Grown, Animal Welfare Approved, Oregon Pasture Network, and Certified Grassfed. Presenters: Narendra Varma, Our Table Farm; Gus Liszka, Naked Acres Farm; and Lindsay Howells, Coyote Ridge Farm

 

Small Engine Troubleshooting & Repair

Join small engine experts for demonstration of troubleshooting & repair of common small engine problems. This session is designed for people who already have a little bit of familiarity with small engines. Presenters: Patrick Olson and Greg Susbauer, Canby Rental & Equipment

*Portable Fencing and Crossfencing

Portable electrified fence and netting can be a tool to create healthier pastures. Healthy pastures grow more grass, feed more animals, reduce feed costs, and create happier animals. Learn to build a quarter mile of fence in less than 30 minutes. Presenter: Randy Bailey, Territory Manager, Gallagher USA

Farmscaping with Native Hedgerows

This practical session will offer participants the “How-To’s” on hedgerow design, costs, planning, installation and maintenance. Farm Hedgerows provide benefits for pollinators and visual, windbreak and drift barrier functionalities. This session will have a native plant focus.

Presenter: Marsha Holt-Kingsley, Metro Native Plant Center

The Economics of Poultry Production

How do you make raising poultry pencil out? Jim Hermes from OSU Poultry Extension brings the research-based knowledge to answer this question-and many others on poultry profits-for broilers and layers. Presenter: James Hermes, OSU Poultry Extension

Vegetable Packing Sheds and Coolers

Many vegetables are lost in storage, or have reduced shelf-life due to poor storage conditions. In this workshop, you will learn about some low-cost and practical ways to improve post-harvest handling and storage of your vegetables. Nick will introduce some principles of good produce storage, and some packing shed furniture designed by Josh Volk (Slow Hand Farm). Bryan will share his experience at Dancing Roots Farm, describe their low-cost cooler and other innovations on their farm. Presenters: Bryan Dickerson, Dancing Roots Farm and Nick Andrews, OSU Extension

Plastic Tarps and Mulches

Plastic tarps and mulch can improve soil conditions for plant growth. Black plastic mulch has been used in agriculture for the last 30 years or more. Specially designed tools can shape beds, lay drip tape and plastic mulch in one pass. Yields of heat loving crops like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants can be increased, water can be conserved, and weeds can be managed very little cultivation. Jean-Martin Fortier and other innovative market gardeners are now using re-usable plastic mulch to take advantage of many of these benefits on a small-scale. Rowan and Josh will share their practical experiences and concerns with the use of plastic tarps and mulches. Presenters: Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm, and Rowan Steele, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District Headwaters Incubator Program

 

2017

 

Getting started at the Farmers Market

Are you looking to sell your products at a farmers market and not sure where to start? Jackie Hammond-Williams, market manager of the Oregon City Farmers Market, will cover how to get into a market, how to communicate with managers, and the ins and outs of having a market booth.

Instructor: Jackie Hammond-Williams, Market Manager Oregon City Farmers Market

 

Poultry nutrition and health

Learn to keep your poultry well fed and healthy. Dr. Hermes will cover feed sources, nutrition, pasture mixes and other steps for producing healthy poultry. Layers and meat birds will be discussed.

Instructor: James Hermes, OSU Extension Poultry Specialist

 

Raising pigs on pasture

Pigs can be a great addition to many small homesteads and farms. Learn how to raise pigs on pasture, in woodlands, and even integrated into an orchard or row crop farm. We will discuss breed selection, feeds and feeding, watering logistics, shade/shelter needs, fencing, animal health, handling, slaughter and market considerations.

Instructor: Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Niche Meat Processors Association Network

 

Nutrient management for organic vegetables on diversified farms

Healthy soil equates to more productive, high quality crops that have greater pest resistance and resiliency. Soil tests are a critical component to achieving healthy soils by providing baseline data for the creation of a nutrient management plan; something that can be challenging on a diversified vegetable farm. Come ready to learn about taking soil samples and interpreting results, resources and techniques for nutrient management, soil organic matter, pH, macro nutrients, and key trace elements.

Instructor: Rowan Steele, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

 

Plant problem diagnosis for vegetables, berries and tree fruits

Jay and Nick will introduce you to the process of diagnosing plant problems in your horticultural crops. If you have a sick plant, is that due to the weather, nutritional issues, plant diseases, insect pests, viruses, or some other factor? Diagnosis can be challenging, but this process can help you figure out what’s causing the problem so you can develop a management approach. 

Instructors: Jay Pscheidt, OSU Department of Plant Pathology, and Nick Andrews, OSU Department of Horticulture

 

Finding Ground: How to find, lease, and purchase agricultural land

Whether you’re starting a business, relocating, or expanding, the task of finding appropriate, affordable land to lease or buy can be daunting.  In this workshop, you’ll hear from a farmer who became a real estate agent after completing his family’s search for land, and from an attorney about how to negotiate, draft, and maintain a good agricultural lease. We’ll also touch on useful online tools to help you research a property.

Instructor: Nellie McAdams, Farm Preservation Program Director, Rogue Farm Corps

Conner Voss, Diggin’ Roots Farm, farm real estate agent, Lindsay Trant, Oregon Farm Link Coordinator, Friends of Family Farmers

 

Weed management in organic vegetables
Chris will introduce you to different weeds and a wide variety of weed management strategies for organic vegetables. Cover crops, crop rotations, irrigation techniques, stale seedbeds, cultivation methods and timing can all contribute to your organic weed management plan. This classroom workshop complements the “Tools and strategies for controlling weeds in organic vegetable crops”.

Instructors: Chris Konieczka, CCC Department of Horticulture and Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm

 

Beekeeping for small farm operations

Topics for this class include; The annual beekeeping cycle, review of basic beekeeping equipment types (Langstroth hives, Kenya hives, Longhives and Warre hives), discussion of hive suitability for your operation, stocking your hives with bees (swarm, package, nucleus hives), and basic colony management for the busy farmer

Instructor: John Edwards, Ruhl Bee Supply

 

Market booth design and layout

Colorful, bountiful displays bring the customers in. Bunched and pre-wrapped products make it easy for customers to grab crops and keep coming back. Use your artistic flair to make your booth more appealing. Jackie will share tips for creating effective market displays that she has learned from managing the Oregon City Farmers Market.

Instructor: Jackie Hammond-Williams, Market Manager Oregon City Farmers Market

 

Small scale poultry processing and policies

This workshop will take you through the A to Z’s of poultry processing, sanitation, and regulatory compliance. Learn what equipment and steps you need to safely process your own birds. This workshop addresses the new laws and regulations for farm direct slaughter and sales under Oregon HB 2872 (the 1000 bird exemption).

Instructor: Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Niche Meat Processors Association Network

 

Managing mud & manure on your small farm

If you were frustrated with the mud and muck in your barnyard last winter and want to learn about strategies for reducing mud and composting livestock manure, this session is for you.  We’ll discuss 6 management practices to reduce mud, including installing all-weather paddocks.

Instructor: Melissa Fery, Associate Professor (Practice), OSU Extension Service- Small Farms Program

 

Orchard harvest walk and fruit tasting

Description: Join arboretum manager, Tonia on an informal guided tour of our lovely demonstration gardens. We will talk about ripeness indicators, proper harvesting techniques, post harvest handling, and all sorts of other fruit growing related stuff… as we leisurely stroll through the orchard tasting ripe and not so ripe fruit straight of the trees, shrubs, and vines that share their bounty with us each harvest season.

Instructor: Tonia Lordy, Arboretum Manager, Home Orchard Society

 

Plant problem diagnosis in the field

Go into the field with Jay and Nick to look for biotic and abiotic plant health problems. As a group we will scout the CCC student vegetable farm and Home Orchard Society arboretum looking for pests and plant disorders. You will start to learn how to recognize plant health problems in the field, and narrow down the cause to make a field diagnosis, or decide what sort of tests you should take to confirm the cause. Pre req: basic knowledge of plant problem diagnosis.

Instructors: Jay Pscheidt, OSU Department of Plant Pathology, and Nick Andrews, OSU Department of Horticulture

 

Water rights in Oregon

Oregon water law has been in place since 1909, and many types of uses require a water right.  Find out about the application process, limitations, water availability, and other issues surrounding obtaining new water rights.  We will also discuss information pertinent to current water right holders, such as transfers and non-use.

Instructor: Amy Kim, District 20 Watermaster, Oregon Water Resources Department, Kye Scianna, District 20 assistant Watermaster

 

Tools and strategies for controlling weeds in organic vegetable crops

Josh will discuss strategies and tools for controlling weeds in organic vegetable crops, ranging from hand scale through tractor cultivation. We’ll meet in the field to look at real-life weed management challenges. We will discuss cultivation strategies, and demonstrate cultivation techniques. Pre-req: basic knowledge of weed management.

Instructor: Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm, and Chris Konieczka, CCC Department of Horticulture

 

Living with your domestic well

When you live in the country or just outside city limits, there is a lot behind turning the faucet on and filling your glass of water. Learn the basics of protecting your water quality, testing (including requirements for Oregon’s Real Estate Transaction rule), and about how poor water quality can affect your health. We will also cover a bit on water rights, well construction, well logs, and how your septic system can influence your well water quality. If you would like to test your well water (free of charge!) for nitrates please bring a 1/2 cup sample in a sealed and labeled container.

Instructor: Chrissy Lucas, OSU Extension

 

Natural resource conservation on small farms

Are you interested in the environmental impacts of your farm?  Join this workshop to learn about the wide range of on-farm practices and activities that can support natural resource conservation.  We’ll discuss topics like establishing buffer zones, rotating crops, improving soil organic matter, growing cover crops, and managing nutrients.  The session will also provide information on conservation programs that provides financial and technical assistance to support these activities.

Instructor: Ben Bowell, Organic Education Specialist, Oregon Tilth

 

Winter vegetables without plastic

Even without high tunnels, fresh vegetables can be grown year-round in the Willamette Valley. Instructors will discuss planting dates, varieties and harvest dates for root vegetables, heading brassicas, winter greens, and alliums. Winter weather can sometimes cause crop losses, but most years crops produce well and provide fresh local vegetables for customers, and early season farm income.

 Instructors: Polly Gottesman and James Just, Pumpkin Ridge Gardens and Nick Andrews, OSU Department of Horticulture, Danny Percich, Full Plate Farm

 

Tree fruit nutrient management

Jeff will teach you about nutrient requirements to maintain healthy fruit trees. He will address foliar and soil sampling, interpreting results, fertilizer options and timing recommendations, and visual deficiency symptoms.  Most examples will be for apples; pears and cherries will also be covered.

Instructor: Jeff Choate, OSU Extension

 

Hoophouses- Types, funding, & construction  

Hoophouses can offer season extension and increased productivity.  You will hear from a hoophouse supplier on construction tips and which types of structures are good for which situations. You will also hear how NRCS can help fund hoophouse projects.

 

Instructors: Kimberly Galland, Clackamas County District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Hoophouse Supplier TBD, Katie Coppoletta, Fiddlehead Farm, Ivan Schuening, Oregon Valley Greenhouse

 

Mock land acquisition walk

Thinking about a farm or property purchase or lease?  Take a Farm Walk with knowledgeable Natural Resources professionals who will provide information and resources on assessing soil health, water resources, operations and the potential productivity of an example farm.

 

Instructors: Chip Bubl, Extension Horticulturalist, OSU Extension; Scott Eden, Conservation Specialist, Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District; Rowan Steele, Headwaters Farm Program Manager, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

 

Tractor implements operation & demonstration

Description: There are many types of implements for small scale farming.  What do they do and when should you use which one?  This class will seek to answer some of these questions and offer tips on & demonstrations of various tractor tillage equipment such as chisel plow, disc, spader, and rototiller, and various tractor cultivation options as well.

 

Instructors: Derek Wells, OSU NWREC Farm Assistant & Tractor Trainer and Frank Battilega, Big B Farm

 

Rotational grazing and pasture management

Animal management can protect pastures from over grazing and ensure long-term productivity. Learn the fundamental principles and practices that promote healthy pastures.

Instructor: Gene Pirelli, OSU Extension

 

Operating BCS tractors and equipment

In this double session, a detailed introduction to BCS two-wheel tractors and the variety of scale-appropriate attachments for all your farm or homestead needs. You will also have a chance to try operating a BCS walk-behind tractor.

Instructor: Ross Johnson, Marketing and Demonstrations, BCS America

 

Lean farm efficiency

Having appropriate tools, equipment, structures, and software reduces waste and increases efficiency on the farm. Learn about the concepts of Lean Farming and hear how local farmers have implemented these techniques to improve their businesses.

Instructors: Heidi Noordijk, OSU Extension, Lili Tova, Flying Coyote Farm, Katie Coppoletta and Tayne Reeve, Fiddlehead Farm

 

Honeybee nutrition and health

Do you know what bees need for nutrition and how to provide resources to maintain a healthy hive? Researchers from Oregon State’s honeybee lab will provide you with the knowledge to keep your bees healthy. Factors that cause colony loss will also be covered.

Instructor: Carolyn Breece, OSU Extension Service

 

Soil health on your farm

Come to this workshop to learn how to keep your soil healthy. Healthy soil helps ensure healthy crops and protect natural resources. Soil health is important whether you’re growing pasture, hay, tree fruit, nuts, grapes, berries, vegetables or other crops. Jericho and Garrett will explain the principles of improving soil health and discuss ways to evaluate your soil. Healthy soils store more water, improve aeration, enhance soil structure, suppress some plant diseases, and provide adequate nutrients. Fields with healthy soils also tend to be more resilient under stress.

Instructors: Jericho Winter and Garrett Duyck, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

Fruit tree pruning and training

Learn about the importance of fruit tree pruning and training to maximize fruit production and increase overall health. You will learn about proper techniques, tools and timing. You will be guided through the steps of pruning with demonstrations and visuals to help you gain confidence in making the right cut. Fruit thinning will also be discussed.

Instructor: Jeff Choate, OSU Extension

 

Introduction to organics and certification

Join this workshop to learn the basics of organic certification.  The discussion will cover the steps, costs, record keeping and other key components.  During the presentation, we will also talk about some of the basic organic regulations and answer your questions.

Instructor: Ben Bowell, Organic Education Specialist, Oregon Tilth

 

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