A four-session course designed to help those who are considering launching a small farm enterprise begins Feb. 6 at Marys River Grange in Philomath.
The Oregon State University Extension Service course continues Feb. 13, 20 and 27. Each class runs from 6-8:30 p.m., at the grange, located at 24707 Grange Hall Road.
In the four-session course, participants will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide the next steps.
The course is for people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.
The course fee is $60 for one individual, $75 for two farm business partners. The fee includes worksheets and handouts, 10 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises led by OSU Extension faculty and local farmers, and refreshments.
To register go online to secure.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms-events/register/158 or call Amy Garrett at 541-766-3551.