Plan for Profit-Enterprise Analysis

Learn how to conduct a Gross Profit Analysis and plan for profit as an expense. Take a close look at your farm or rural property. Does profit have to just be what you have left over? You can identify which ideas and endeavors are winners and which are losers. While diversification can increase your farm’s overall financial health, keeping or adding unprofitable enterprises robs you of time and energy while decreasing overall financial sustainability. What is profitability? Instructor Angela Boudro teaches you how you can analyze and compare the enterprises you have in operation and plan for profit.

WWOLF – Willing Workers on Local Farms at Juniper Jungle Learning Farm

The WWOLF program provides organized volunteer assistance in the form of volunteers, or “wwolf packs” to local farmers at their farms or ranches. In return volunteers learn where and how local food is grown while fostering an intimate connection with the food that sustains us all.
If you are interested in participating in WWOLF please join our mailing list (click on the “sign up for newsletter” button on the homepage) and keep your eye on Central Oregon Locavore News. Children are welcome, but must be supervised at ALL times!
Free with lunch included. Registration required.

Goal Setting for Small Farms-Create the Life You Want

Feeling exhausted instead of invigorated? Overwhelmed? Feel like you aren’t quite where you want to be?
Holistic Management is a decision-making framework that helps us identify our core values and make decisions that support those values in order to create the life we really want. Don’t let your farm or small-acreage run you!
Begin developing your own “goal” and learn a series of tested guidelines that will help you make decisions to support the quality of life you desire. Although we will frame the class within the context of agriculture and rural living, these concepts apply to families, non-profits, government entities and individuals (especially young people!)
Read more and register: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/southern/events/goal-setting-what-it-you-really-want

WWOLF – Willing Workers on Local Farms at Fields Farm

The WWOLF program provides organized volunteer assistance in the form of volunteers, or “wwolf packs” to local farmers at their farms or ranches. In return volunteers learn where and how local food is grown while fostering an intimate connection with the food that sustains us all.
If you are interested in participating in WWOLF please join our mailing list (click on the “sign up for newsletter” button on the homepage) and keep your eye on Central Oregon Locavore News. Children are welcome, but must be supervised at ALL times!
Free with lunch included. Registration required.

2019 Western Apicultural Society Conference

Every year the president of the Western Apicultural Society is given the chance to host the “WAS” conference on their own turf and highlight what’s good about their region. I’m honored and humbled to take on this role, and am hoping to create not just a conference, but an experience that emphasizes what we are – a society.

Our theme is “Hive Mind for the Greater Good,” built on the values of persistence and authenticity and celebrating community, women in leadership, and of course, bees and their keepers.

This weekend will be a mix of dynamic keynote talks, workshops built on the themes of art, beekeeping, social media and marketing, bee habitat conservation, education, native bees, and global research.

In an effort to create community, we are also going to provide plenty of opportunities for networking:

• We will turn the microphone around to the attendees with a “storytelling hour” in the theme of #beekeeperfail (we all have them, let’s take some time to admit it and have a little fun!).

• We’ll give attendees the opportunity to sign up for the “Community Waggle Dance Tabletop Show” where we will provide a bistro table to a selected group to create a “show and tell” display of something they are working on (a hive design, research, a tech innovation, etc.).

• Staying with WAS’s ability to provide an intimate experience for conference speakers and attendees, we’ll have “Roundtable Speed Swarming.” Guests will rotate (in groups) to speaker-hosted tables and spend some time in dialogue with a leader they have been admiring from afar.

• Throughout the conference we will provide multiple breaks, and a happy hour each evening, to encourage beekeepers to meet up and waggle dance using social media, the Bumble networking app, and our special interest themed “hive towers.” The hives are the place to meet your new best friend who’s also into beginning beekeeping, honey production, co-ops and supply chain management, bee habitat, native bees, bee-themed travel and service opportunities, etc.

Keynote Speakers & Workshop Leaders include: Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Katrina Klett, Elevated Honey Co.; Hilary Kearney, Girl Next Door Honey; Dr. Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University; Anna Gieselman, Bee Amour Jewelry; Sarah Red-Laird, Bee Girl; Molly Romero L.Ac., MSOM, Active Acupuncture of Ashland; the native bee team from the Logan, Utah, USDA-ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit; streamed opening welcome by Dr. Marla Spivak, and more.

On Sunday we will have a limited number of spots on an interactive bee habitat tour. We will load up in vans to travel to the Bee Girl organization’s “Seeds for Pollinators” research project at The Farm at Southern Oregon University, our “Regenerative Bee Pasture” research project at the Sampson Creek Preserve, and attendees will also participate in native bee research with the USDA Logan Bee Lab team at Mount Ashland.

Yours Truly,
Sarah Red-Laird
Western Apicultural Society President

Labor Law for Small Farms and Hobby Farms

Do you need an extra hand on your farm but are not sure how to legally hire help? Did you know that accepting your customers offer to “volunteer” on your farm can put you in hot water? Are you curious about how to use interns? Join us for an informal discussion with Attorney Carolyn Anderson of Anderson Bradley Krant, PC. Bring your questions! Please note: immigration law will not be covered in this session. Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms or call 541-776-7371.
For updates and more information about Small Farms events, visit our website at: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec

8th Annual Biodiversity Working for Farmers Tour. A collaboration among farmers, researchers, conservationists and industry.

The Western Region Functional Agricultural Biodiversity (FAB) Work Group supports scientists from the western US and specialists in agricultural biodiversity from industry, non-profits and farmers. We are partnering with Union County Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel and other regional experts to bring you the 8th Annual Biodiversity Working for Farmers Tour. We will visit two La Grande area farms, Nilsson’s Farming Inc. and The Elmer’s Farm. The farmers will lead us through their diverse operations highlighting key conservation enhancement measures and current on-farm projects, soil building techniques, and alternative crop production practices such as no-till, windbreaks and insectary plantings. Botanists, conservationists, entomologists, local farmers, extension researchers, and bird and native bee experts will be giving brief, interactive, mini-presentations throughout the day. In addition, we will provide you a mid-day catered lunch.

WWOLF – Willing Workers on Local Farms at Rainshadow Organics

The WWOLF program provides organized volunteer assistance in the form of volunteers, or “wwolf packs” to local farmers at their farms or ranches. In return volunteers learn where and how local food is grown while fostering an intimate connection with the food that sustains us all.
If you are interested in participating in WWOLF please join our mailing list (click on the “sign up for newsletter” button on the homepage) and keep your eye on Central Oregon Locavore News. Children are welcome, but must be supervised at ALL times!
Free with lunch included. Registration required.

2nd Annual Sanchovore Father’s Day On-Farm Dinner

celebrate Father’s Day with a righteous “fiesta de father,” “party de padre” and good time for all. This is “nacho” ordinary Father’s Day gift, but an experience your pop will remember for a lifetime!

Anker Farm is a place where good food, music and family meet. This early 1900’s dairy farm is the destination for a scrumptious and unforgettable meal to share with all generations.

El Sancho, one of the first food carts in Downtown Bend; now at Crux Fermentation Project, The Shop, and on-demand at any location; will provide a “delicioso” menu of charcuterie, tacos (of course) and Tres Leches cake.

In the Central Oregon Locavore style, all will savor and enjoy this event knowing that the atmosphere and good eats have been created with sustainable practices and carefully sourced ingredients.

Likeminded sponsors encourage your attention to this special gathering! We thank Windy Acres Dairy, Freedom Rock Farm, Sunriver Brewing Company, Agricultural Connections, Mahonia Gardens, Home Farm Foods, Sunriver Brewing Company and Childers Meat Company.

Proceeds from this gathering benefit Central Oregon Locavore, a nonprofit organization that has been promoting a local, sustainable food system in Central Oregon since 2010. Funding helps promote a more ecologically and socially just food system, public health and diversification of the local economy by improving access to fresh, in season, nutrient-dense, local food and educating the community about the benefits of sustainably produced food from local farmers and ranchers.

Tickets at $65/members or $75/non-members are available through centraloregonlocavore.org or in the Locavore Marketplace at 1841 NE 3rd Street, Bend.

Rogue Farm Corps Summer Farm Fest

On Sunday, June 16th Rogue Farm Corps is teaming up with Küchenhaus to host an outdoor afternoon event celebrating summer and our local farming community!

2-5pm
3131 SE 12th Ave.
Portland, Oregon

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Live music with the Never Strangers

Seasonal cocktails & kombucha!

Humanely raised BBQ & locally grown veggie options!

Heirloom tomato plant starts!

Raffle & Silent Auction!

Come enjoy early summer with us and hear some exciting updates about Rogue Farm Corps’ work.

This event is open to all! Suggested donation but no one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds benefit Rogue Farm Corps’ work to train the next generation of farmers and ranchers and protect Oregon’s farmland.

PS – Help us spread the word! FB event page is here.