“Get Yer Goat” is a popular is a day of education for both novice and experienced goat owners. Both beginner and an advanced workshops tracks will be offered throughout the day. This year classes include: Nutrition and Feed, Dairy Goat Confirmation, Midwifery, Milking Procedures, Housing, Holistic Goat Care, Cheesemaking, Soap Making, Felted Soap. Each class is 1.5 hours. Choose two classes for the morning blocks, and two for the afternoon.
A taco salad lunch is included with the event fee (both vegetarian and meat options).
Active 4-H members may ask about an additional discount option. This event is a collaborative effort between OSU Extension Small Farms and the Rogue Valley Dairy Goat Association.
Head to the Multnomah Grange for free one-on-one assistance from Jeremy Baker, Senior Conservation Planner. The Multnomah Grange is located at 30639 SE Bluff Road in Gresham. Bring your questions and explore strategies and solutions around:
Livestock and grazing
The New Phase of Supplements in Nutraceuticals & Natural Medicines; Nutraceuticals invites all the participants from all over the world to attend 15th international Congress on Advances in Natural Medicines, Nutraceuticals & Neurocognition on” during July 08-09, 2019 at Berlin, Germany which includes prompt Keynote presentations, Oral talks (Speaker forum and Young research forum), Poster presentations, Workshops and Exhibitions.
Oregon is a family farm state, and the vast majority of farms in Oregon are small or mid-sized. But, increasingly, out-of-state industrial factory farms are taking advantage of Oregon’s surprisingly lax oversight of these kinds of operations and are moving in.
The newest proposal is ‘Lost Valley Ranch’, a 30,000 head mega-dairy planned in north central Oregon near Boardman, in an area already faced with persistent groundwater pollution, livestock related air quality issues and home to the nation’s largest industrial dairy. Despite calling itself a ‘ranch’, Lost Valley is seeking a state Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permit to house thousands of dairy cows in long buildings and store the 187 million gallons per year of manure waste these cows produce in huge lagoons.
In August, a coalition of small farm advocates, including Friends of Family Farmers, public health organizations like Physicians for Social Responsibility, and several environmental and animal welfare organizations, submitted comments in opposition to the Lost Valley Ranch proposal. Over 2300 members of the public did as well.
In September, Oregon’s Environmental Justice Task Force requested that the comment period for the CAFO water quality permit for Lost Valley Ranch be re-opened to allow for more outreach to potentially impacted communities.
In response, the Oregon Departments of Agriculture (ODA) and Environmental Quality (DEQ) re-opened the comment period, allowing the public to weigh in on the proposal until 5pm Friday, November 4. This gives the public one last chance to make their voices heard.
Farmers and consumers alike have shown a growing interest in humane, environmentally friendly meat, egg and dairy products. Consumers want to buy them and farmers want to produce them. With growing concerns about factory farming practices and its health and environmental impacts, pasture-raised animal husbandry holds a lot of appeal. Friends of Family Farmers (FoFF) aims to support these burgeoning interests and connections through their newly-launched initiative: the Oregon Pasture Network (OPN).
This statewide network will support the growth of pasture-based farming in Oregon. The OPN is a community of farmers, ranchers, food business owners and consumers who share similar values around the way food should be produced. They believe that raising animals on pasture, rather than in confinement, is the most sustainable, humane way to produce animal products. When asked why he feels the network is important, Jon Bansen, member of OPN’s Farmer Advisory Committee and Organic Valley Co-op producer, said simply “Pasturing is important to our planet. I believe it is the one farming practice that will aid in our fight against global warming through carbon sequestration.”
The OPN will help these committed farmers by connecting them to each other for networking and support, connecting them to existing resources and expert assistance, and by promoting them to consumers. One exciting way that FoFF intends to do this is by creating Oregon’s first-ever, statewide pastured producers’ directory so that consumers and food business owners can find the sort of meat, eggs and dairy they are seeking.
The Oregon Pasture Network is the newest iteration of FoFF’s popular “Pro Pasture” campaign, launched in 2013, which centered on encouraging farm-direct purchasing and farm-to-table restaurant connections to support pasture-based livestock producers. The OPN will provide new and improved support to Oregon’s dedicated pasture-based livestock producers through membership-based activities, educational opportunities, networking and market promotion. More information is available on the OPN webpage or by calling 503-581-7124, or emailing OPN @ friendsoffamilyfarmers.org.