The Future of Farming…is Regenerative

The Future of Farming is a six part learning series about Regenerative agriculture. We will begin by laying the foundation for theory about regenerative agriculture, then the series will focus on connecting theory with practices in-the-field, and conclude with examples of farms that have successfully implemented these principles.

Sign up for the full series for $130 or attend any session for $30.

Visit www.ourfamilyfarms.org for more info and to Register

SESSION 1: Featuring Dr. Ray Seidler, retired EPA scientist
1A: Regenerating Soils: The Case for Smart Agriculture Part 1
April 14 from 1-4 pm with tour of Verdant Phoenix Farm

1B: Regenerating Soils: The Case for Smart Agriculture Part 2
April 28 from 1-4 pm with tour of Tikkun Olam Research Farm

SESSION 2: Featuring Prof. Cindy Daley, Chico State University
2A: Why Regenerative Agriculture? Why Now?
May 9 – 6-8 pm – HEC in Medford

2B: How to Build On-Farm Resilience Through Regenerative Ag
May 10 – 6-8 pm – Phoenix Civic Center

SESSION 3: Slow Flowers and Native Bees
June 9 – 1-4 pm – Phoenix Civic Center

SESSION 4: Farming in the Forest
July 21 – 1-4 pm – Willow Witt Ranch

SESSION 5: Dry Farming for the Future
Aug 11 – 1-4 pm – Ridgeline Meadows Farm

SESSION 6: Future of Farming
Oct 11 – 1-4 pm – Phoenix Civic Center

CSA Share Fair

Come meet your local farmers and learn about Community Supported Agriculture! Buying a share is an investment in your health, the environment, and the livelihoods of the farmers that produce the kinds of food we want to eat.

Bring your whole family! It’s fun to show your kids where their food comes from. There are also activities for the kids.

Map of My Kingdom: One-Woman Play on Farmland Transition

Who’s going to get the farm, and what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Or have you even started to think that far ahead?

Map of my Kingdom, a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition. In the drama, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land successions.

Doors open at 6:00 with the one-hour performance beginning at 6:30. The event includes a brief panel discussion facilitated by Mary Swander. A $10 donation is requested.

This event is made possible with generous contributions from Gorge Grown Food Network, Columbia Gorge Winegrowers, Six Rivers Mediation Center, Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, Solstice Wood Fire Cafe & Bar, Peoples Company and private donors.

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management

Register online now!

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management provides beginning farmers and ranchers with the tools and knowledge needed to develop and manage a successful farm business.

The core Growing Farms course is a series of six online modules that lead you through the basics of managing a successful farm business. Our hybrid course option meets in person in Salem and includes the six online modules PLUS three face-to-face classes and one full-day field trip to local farms.

Schedule:

January 22 – 6:00-8:30pm

February 5 – 6:00-8:30pm

February 19 – All-day field trip, 8:30am-4:00pm

February 23 – Small Farms Conference (discount code included in registration)

March 5 – 6:00-8:30pm

The course was developed by OSU Small Farms Program faculty and other farm management experts. Modules include more than four hours of video created specifically for the Growing Farms course, and feature six Oregon farmers who share their experience and insights about farming. The in-person discussions allow participants to connect and network with other beginning farmers.

Questions? Contact Victoria Binning – 503-373-3774, victoria.binning@oregonstate.edu

Farmers for America film

Free viewing of the documentary Farmers for America. This is the story of young people stepping up.

Snacks provided. No need to register, just show up!

Fill Your Pantry 2018 in Eugene

The Willamette Farm & Food Coalition presents its 8th annual Fill Your Pantry event. Shop online (10/12-11/2) for the best selection of winter crops from local farmers and ranchers. Visit Willamette Farm & Food’s website or Facebook page for the link. Shop online for as much as you want, as many times as you want, and then pick-up your order and do some more shopping on the event day: Sunday, November 11, 1-5pm, at the Expo Halls at the Lane Events Center (Fairgrounds). There will be veggies, fruits, grains, beans, frozen meats, honey, and more. Eat local all winter and support your local food producers!

The Science of Overgrazing and How To Avoid It

Pastures can take a beating but only to a point. In this course you will learn the ecological theory of pasture plant communities and the detrimental nature of overgrazing (this is some of the most interesting stuff I learned in 6 years of grad school). Harnessing this knowledge, we will then discuss practical strategies to maximize the productivity and profitability of your pasture and reduce problems with weeds and mud. This is an intermediate-level class, so some experience with pastures will be helpful but not required. This course will be taught by Gordon Jones, PhD, SOREC Extension Faculty. Read more: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/events/science-overgrazing-how-avoid-it
Location: OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point, OR 97502. Questions, call 541-776-7371

Soil Testing for Pastures, Farm Fields and Productive Gardens

Instructor Gordon B. Jones, Ph.D. We will cover the methods for collecting a soil sample, and where to send samples for analysis. Most importantly, learn how to interpret the results and then how to correct soil problems for the crop(s) you intend to grow. Examples from both organic and conventional systems will be discussed as well as soil testing to evaluate soil health. Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonExtAgriculture

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/events/soil-testing-productive-gardens-pastures-farm-fields

Seven Seeds Farm Tour

Farmer and Educator Don Tipping will give us a tour of one of the most well-known seed farms in Southern Oregon. Seven Seeds is home to Siskiyou Seeds, our own bio-regional seed company, as well as the annual Seed Academy. This tour is part of the Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association Education Program series.
All are welcome to attend. No cost. Please RSVP by contacting paula.burkhalter@oregonstate.edu or call 541-776-7371, ext. 215

Intro to Pasture Management

Through understanding the biology of pasture plants and grazing behavior of livestock, you can improve the productivity of your pasture and reduce weed problems. In this introductory course, you will learn to identify important forage species, evaluate soil fertility needs, and implement rotational-grazing management techniques to maintain productive pastures in southern Oregon.