3rd Annual Locavore Fall Harvest Feast Farm to Table Celebration

By now you are all aware how dearly Locavore loves to celebrate, and what could be more celebration-worthy than the bounty of the fall harvest another successful farming season.

We would like to cordially invite you to celebrate with us at the Fall Harvest Feast,for the third year in a row. This year we will be hosting this tasty and jovial event at Brasada Ranch Resort.

As Locavore closes out our 10 year anniversary, we are excited to announce a new partnership with international non-profit, A Greener World. You will learn more about our upcoming collaborations very soon.

Chef Doug of Brasada Ranch will treat you to a delectible feast you will not soon forget.

Goat Discovery Day

Strengthen your goat confidence and know-how. If you are an experienced “goat person” or you hope to be, this event is for you! A full day of workshops, demos with live goats, vendors, and networking. Presented by Emerald Dairy Goat Association and Oregon State University Extension Services.

Schedule
8:00 – 9:00 am: Check-in. Hot drinks and sweet treats available.
9:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome
9:15 – 9:20 am: Transition to First Session
9:20 – 10:50 am: Session 1 options:
Getting into Packing with Goats, Wayne Sherrard
Common Goat Diseases and How to Manage Them, Dr. Charles Estill, OSU Extension
Goat Herbalism, Kat Drovdahl
11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Session 2 options:
Milking and Milk Handling Procedures, Jenifer Cruickshank OSU Extension
FAMACHA Training, Dr. Charles Estill, OSU Extension
Hay and Forage Nutrition, Ian McGregor OSU Extension
12:30 – 1:45 pm: Lunch Break (see lunch details after Session Descriptions)
1:45 – 2:45 pm: Session 3 options:
Pros & Cons of Milk Machines, Cristen Sullivan Simple Pulse
Introductory Goat Genomics, Jenifer Cruickshank OSU Extension
The Goat’s Got Juice, Kat Drovdahl
2:45 – 3:00 pm: Break. Goat cheese and crackers provided by EDGA
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Session 4 options:
Preparation for Milk Testing, Carla Polson
Goat Conformation, Melanie Ferguson, Royal Cedars and HIdden Meadows Farm
Marketing Goats and Goat Products, Melissa Fery OSU Extension
Session Descriptions
Goat Herbalism
Katherine Drovdahl MH CR CA CEIT DipHIr QTP

Goat Herbalism is a great class for those that would like to learn more about working with herbs with their goats from a Master of Herbology and herb company owner that raises goats and other farm animals and has been teaching others how to do the same for over a decade.

The Goat’s Got Juice
Katherine Drovdahl MH CR CA CEIT DipHIr QTP teaches you several ways to administer herbs to your favorite caprines!

FAMACHA Training
[Limited to 20 participants, cost $15 for FAMACHA card kit]

Dr. Charles Estill, Oregon State University

FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool to help you identify parasite infection in small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. The tool is a chart that matches eyelid color to anemia levels, an indicator of parasite infection. This type of diagnosis allows farmers to target treatment only to infected animals, which in some systems has reduced use of deworming agents by 90 percent. Not only do farmers save money, they significantly reduce the likelihood of causing parasites to become resistant to dewormers. FAMACHA training is only available through certified veterinarians.

Common Goat Diseases and How to Manage Them
Dr. Charles Estill, Oregon State University

Learn about the common diseases that affect goats in the Pacific Northwest and how to prevent and treat diseases to help keep your goat herd healthy.

Hay and Forage Nutrition
Ian McGregor, OSU Extension Service Livestock Program

This session will focus on understanding how nutrient content of forages is affected by various environmental, physiological, and cultural circumstances. You will walk away with an improved ability to judge hay or pasture forages for their nutrient content, and will ultimately end up with a more sophisticated nutrient management style for your goat business.

Preparation for Milk Testing
Carla Polson

This session will cover what you need to know to prepare for your first milk test as a herd owner or a new milk tester. We will cover the process, taking samples and packing for the lab and much more.

Pros and Cons of Milk Machines
Cristen Sullivan, Simple Pulse

This session will explore the pros and cons of using milk machines as well as address commonly asked milking questions.

Getting into Packing with Goats
Wayne Sherrard, North American Pack Goat Association

This presentation is for the beginner interested in partnering with pack goats for hunting and wilderness exploration. Pack goats are gaining popularity in western states including Oregon. Wayne will be discussing specifics about breeds and selecting goats with packing potential. There will also be a saddling demonstration, equipment show-and-tell and trail etiquette dos and don’ts.

Marketing Goats and Goat Products
Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program

Are you interested in selling live goats, meat, and/or milk from goats? If your answer is yes, plan to attend this session where we’ll talk about direct marketing strategies and rules and regulations to keep in mind.

Milking and Milk Handling
Jenifer Cruickshank, OSU Extension Service

Learn about the physiology of milk letdown, udder preparation and cleanliness, proper milking equipment use, sanitary milk handling procedures, and pasteurization options.

Introductory Goat Genomics
Jenifer Cruickshank, OSU Extension Service

Review basic genetics and learn about what genomics is, how genomic information is generated and being used, and how it might ultimately be useful in making goat breeding decisions.

Goat Conformation
Melanie Ferguson, Royal Cedars and Hidden Meadows Farm

Conformation is how well a goat conforms to the ideal according to breed. This session is for goat enthusiasts who may want to show goats and those interested in learning about conformation and how the concepts apply to doe selection and herd management.

Lunch Information
You are welcome to bring your own lunch to the event, go out for lunch, or add on a catered lunch option for $11. There are two options for lunch, either a sandwich or a salad – both come with a dark chocolate brownie for dessert and beverage choices of water, iced tea & mango spritzer:

TTABS Sandwich with turkey, avocado, bacon, swiss & tomato with a green goddess aioli between Creswell Bakery multi grain sourdough.
Kitchen Sink Salad includes organic greens, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, nuts, pickled beets, feta & whatever else the chef finds. Served with bread. Balsamic vinaigrette & ranch optional on side.

Fall Round Up and Ho Down Celebration

Join us at Rockin Daves Backstage Lounge as we celebrate the successful harvest Central Oregon style, with a good ol’ Ho Down.

Farm to Table BBQ feast featuring Barley Beef
Specialty Cocktails
Live Music from the Silvertone Devils
Rodeo Games
will all benefit Central Oregon Locavore Non-Profit and their fundraiser for an updated Point of Sale System in the Indoor Marketplace.

Come on down and Kick Up Yer Spurs with us!

RSVP for BBQ Dinner – $18 per person or $24 Rounded On Up to Support Locavore.

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!

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

Crop Talk: Scaling Down with Oak Hill Organics

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 Oak Hill Organics and will focus on scaling down your farm business.

Casey and Katie Kulla started their farm in 2006 and at one point were farming over 100 acres, producing a full-diet CSA with fruit, nuts, grain, livestock… you name it! They have since scaled back and will be sharing their journey and how their relatively small-scale farm works for them. You can read more about their story on their website.

Additional farm tour details will be emailed to participants who have registered.

Call or email Victoria Binning with questions.

4th Annual Faces of Farming Gala

This years theme is Innovation in Farming.
Please attend this artful and delicious event that will include an extensive menu by Chef Miguel showcasing the bounty of local farms and ranches along with a photograph narrative of local farmers and ranchers, a silent auction, and local wine, beer and cocktails.
The event is designed to honor the hardy and dedicated people who grow and raise our food in Central Oregon. Faces of Farming serves to connect those passionate about our sustainability, cultivates strong relationships, and celebrates the potential in all of us.
Proceeds from this event help promote a more ecologically and socially just food system, public health, and diversification of the local economy. Lovacore is dedicated to 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.

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.

Ecliptic Brewing: Dine Out for FoFF

Eat, drink, AND support a great cause. On Wednesday, October 10th, 10% of sales at ECLIPTIC BREWING will be donated to Friends of Family Farmers.

If you don’t care for John Harris’ award-winning beer, there’s wine… or cider! And great food, including a delicious, seasonal salad made with Dancing Roots Farm greens. And word is there will be a special, brand new squash dish… and pastured pork. Something for everybody! Whatever you order, a portion of the proceeds will go to Friends of Family Farmers – many thanks to Ecliptic Brewing.

More info here.

Celebrate Rogue Valley Terroir

Come explore and taste local food, wine, cider and fruits of the Rogue Valley which have their own distinct flavor based on a combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives the bounty of our region it’s own distinctive character or terroir.

Our Family Farms is proud to host this farm to table tasting as part of our monthly learning series, The Future of Soil: Ensuring Resilient Food and Agricultural Systems. This final session of the series will celebrate local food and flavors.

Bring a quart jar of your own soil to add to our educational soil display.