The OSU Extension Small Farms Program and its partners are again offering the “Growing Farms” workshop series.
In collaboration with Oregon Tilth and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency, the Small Farms Program is presenting this workshop series to provide introductory tools and information for beginning specialty crop and livestock farmers.
“Growing Farms” is geared toward farmers who are in their first five years of business, and who would benefit from knowing the risks associated with farming. Topics included in the series are strategic planning, farming operations, marketing, production systems, farm finances, and managing liability. The course will consist of both classroom and field instruction, and will give the information necessary to design a whole farm plan.
The workshop series will be held every Wednesday from March 10 and continuing through April 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. A full-day farm field tour will be Saturday, April 10.
The course will be held at the Linn County Extension Office in Albany. Cost for the course is $200 per person or $350 for a couple from the same farm. Fees include weekly classroom instruction, accompanying field trip, dinner each week and resource binder.
For more information, see the “Small Farms” Web site at http://smallfarms.
oregonstate.edu, where you may view a detailed curriculum outline or register for the workshop. For additional information, contact Melissa Fery at the OSU Extension Office of Benton County, 541-766-3553.