Costs of Production for Diversified Vegetable Farms

In this workshop, Tanya Murray from Oregon Tilth will cover the basics of how to account for crop specific costs of production and how cost information can be used for decision-making.

Workshop participants will do a simple costing exercise to estimate the costs of production for a sample crop. We’ll look at how making changes to price, yield and production methods can change the amount that a crop contributes to profit. We’ll also talk about strategies for doing the record keeping that you’ll need to calculate your costs. Farmers that want to take a deeper dive into costs of production analysis will be introduced to the Know Your Costs to Grow program and learn how you can participate starting in 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Binning at 503-373-3774 or victoria.binning@oregonstate.edu

Rogue Farm Corps Farm Olympics

What: Join us for the 3rd Annual Farm Olympics, a Rogue Farm Corps benefit inspiring friendly competition among our local farmers and celebrating the harvest season. Create a team to compete in several farm themed events (hay bale toss, farmer relay, competitive weighing, farm trivia, market booth setup…), or just come support your local farm community and watch the mayhem! There will also be live music and drink & beverage available for purchase.

Where:Two Rivers Farm near Springfield, OR (89190 Old Mohawk Rd. 97478)

When: Sunday, Oct 6. Competition from 2-5pm. Music and celebration 5-9pm. (Camping available at Two Rivers Farm)

Entry: $10-20 sliding scale @ the door for entry to the games and party for non-competitors. No one turned away for lack of funds. Cost to register is $100 for a team of 4-6 people/$75 for non-profit organizations. All ages welcome! Team space is limited. Register & More Info @ https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/olympics

You can find event line-up and more details on our Facebook Event Page

If you or your organization would like to participate, there are a number of ways to join!

Form a team of 4-6 people, and register to compete, or come and cheer on the competitors. $25 off team registration available to non-profit organizations who would like to compete.

Volunteer your organization to help run an event, and/or offer a prize to the winners of an event.

Tabling at the event is open from 1:00-6:00pm on Sunday. Share your work or product with the Oregon farming community!

Come watch and cheer! $10-20 sliding scale entry 2pm onwards. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Please pass the word along to your networks, farmer friends, farm supporters, etc etc! All event proceeds benefit the work of Rogue Farm Corps: training & equipping the next generation of farmers.

Questions? Contact Taylor Larson – taylor@roguefarmcorps.org (541-521-2988)

Get Yer Goat-Goat Education Day

“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.

Hive to Table

On Saturday, September 14th at 5:00 pm, Farm Chef Kristen Lyon and Sarah Red-Laird, a.k.a., Bee Girl, invite you to join us for a sweet feast at the Hanley Farm in Central Point, Oregon! Our multi-course dinner will be created in the “farm to table” style, featuring food from local farmers, with Bee Girl Honey weaved through every course. Attendees will also be treated to live music, beer, wine, and mead, and an auction.

Join us for this sweet community event and give back to the organization who works hard to keep your bees and flowers thriving in Southern Oregon and “beeyond.” This event is a fundraiser for the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our countryside.

Organization founder, Sarah “Bee Girl” Red-Laird, leads a team to show kids, beekeepers, and farmers how to love their bees through classes, events, summer camps, and habitat projects. The team engages with communities across the nation, and the globe, spreading knowledge and bringing a sense of wonder from the hive to the people.

For volunteer opportunities contact thehive@beegirl.org

Celebrate Great Grains

All things whole grain. Visit the farm where grains are grown to supply the northern Willamette Valley with ingredients for bakeries, breweries, distillers and tea makers. Ride on horse drawn wagons into the riparian zones and the grain fields. Family friendly activities, music, food concessions, food and baking demonstrations.

Poultry Processing Facility & Farm TOUR

Join us for our “Second Saturday Stroll” through the farm, bring a mug and we’ll provide the hot coffee and a morning treat! Come see the entire farm with us as the owners John & Geoff take you on a guided tour to meet all the animals. We will talk in depth about our sustainability, methods, and plans. You’ll get to see the entire “farm-to-table” process from chick, to pasture, to processing, to packaging. We’ll also visit all the animals and see how they play a major role in the sustainable cycle on our farm. Cows, pigs, laying hens, broilers, baby chicks, turkeys in the fall, the brooder, the processing facility and more!

Office Hours at the Grange

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:

Erosion prevention
Forestry
Natural areas
Livestock and grazing
Cropping
Irrigation

Crop Talk: Small-Scale Urban Agriculture with Lucky Crow Farm

Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest during the growing season. These are opportunities to get out into someone’s field, see their practices in action, ask questions, and connect with other local farmers while doing it! For farmers by farmers.

This farm tour is hosted by Lucky Crow Farm and will focus on small-scale urban farming.

Additional farm tour details will be emailed to participants registered.

Call or email Victoria Binning to register for the event – 503-373-3774 or victoria.binning@oregonstate.edu

Dry Farming for The Future

The Future of Farming Session 5: Dry Farming For the Future

Dry farming works to conserve soil moisture during long dry periods primarily through a system of tillage, surface protection, and the use of drought-resistant varieties. Learn to grow in the summer with the residual moisture in the soil from the rainy season.

$25 with Preregistration
$20 for Our Family Farms members
$30 Day of the Event

To carpool from the Rogue Valley, meet at 12:30 pm at the OSU-Extension (569 Hanley Road, Central Point)

Grazing Sheep in Vineyards

Recent research has shown incredible benefits of using sheep year-round in properly designed/retrofitted vineyards. Studies show increased net profitability per acre from the vineyard as well as the livestock, increased soil fertility, and reduced labor costs. Other benefits include fewer tractor passes, elimination of tillage and reduced needs for fertilizer. As counties (Jackson County) becomes more populated and more pressure is placed on the remaining ag land, the benefits of growing multiple “crops” per acre (grapes and lamb or wool) becomes more critical.
Kelly Mulville of Paicines Ranch, and Holistic Management Certified Educator, will present. His focus will be on sheep in vineyards, but the ideas transfer to other livestock and crops. Although dormant-season- grazing is more well-known, Kelly is one of the few with experience designing vineyards for year-round grazing and is also one of the only ones that has performed trials quantifying the benefits. Questions welcomed. Read more and register: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/southern/events/grazing-sheep-vineyards-beyond or call 541-776-7371