Cascadia Grains Conference 2018

CONNECT: Convene and connect growers, processors, brokers, investors, and policy-makers across the value chain
LEARN: Provide a platform for the latest science, techniques, research, market opportunities and hands-on learning.
GROW: Cultivate an economically viable network of market opportunities for locally-sourced value-added products

The 2018 Cascadia Grains Conference will be January 19th & 20th, in Olympia, WA.

The 2018 conference is presented by WSU Food Systems and proudly supported by Fremont Brewing Company, Old Stove Brewing Company, Shepherd’s Grain and the generosity of many individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Friday January 19th at various locations and times around Thurston County for our Friday Hands-On Field Trips.
Saturday January 20th full conference from 8 am – 8 pm at the South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA.

Women in Agriculture Conference

“We Can Do It” is the theme for the sixth annual Women in Agriculture Conference and will be an engaging, interactive day full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers. The conference is a one-day event held simultaneously in 39 locations throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Featured Speakers
Both of our 2017 speakers, Alexis Taylor, Oregon Department of Ag Director, and Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm owner, will inspire participants to strengthen their leadership skills, become leaders in their communities, become more involved with long-time farmers and guide and mentor new farmers.

Each event location will have a panel of local women farmers who will talk about their leadership roles, the challenges they have faced and how they have used a mentor to develop their skills.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact. It will be a full day of learning and networking!

Who Should Attend?
Whether you have been farming for several years, a new or aspiring farmer or employed on a farm or ranch, our conference has something for you. If you are a supporting spouse, student, intern or own an agriculture-related business, make plans to attend this event.

Registration Details:
Conference registration is $30, but if you register between October 5 and November 5, you will receive our Early Bird Special of $25. The conference registration fee includes the workshop, a light breakfast, lunch and all the conference materials. No refunds after November 12.

Please note our registration categories:
1. Women Involved in Agriculture
2. Student
3. Purchase an extra ticket and ensure that an aspiring farmer will be able to attend the conference.

Your conference registration purchase can be used at any of our event sites.

Scholarship assistance is available. To request an application, send an e-mail to Margaret Viebrock at or use the form on our website

If you prefer to register with cash, check or money order, contact Donna Rolen at or call 509-745-8531 and we will send you a paper registration.

Additional conference information can be found at

Persons with disability requiring special accommodations while participating in this program may contact Margaret Viebrock at the email address listed above.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension Office.

Gorge Grown Harvest Dinner

A classic farm dinner set at a beautiful table at Mt. View Orchards in the Hood River Valley featuring a four-course meal from Chef Ben Stenn of Celilo Restaurant and Bar.

The evening will begin with a delightful cocktail hour featuring appetizers and amazing locally-crafted beer and beverages.

Dinner will highlight dazzling seasonal produce and savory local meat raised right here in the Gorge, served family style with an assortment of preparations including vegetarian courses. Local wine with each course from Analemma Wines, Dominio IV, Garnier Winery, Idiot’s Grace / Memaloose Wines

Meet local farmers, enjoy the mountain view scenery of a working orchard, savor local flavors of our community, and support a great non-profit working to build a thriving, vibrant local food system here in the Gorge.

This event has an open seating arrangement, larger parties are encouraged to arrive on time to ensure seats together.

Please contact Gorge Grown Food Network at or (541) 490-6420 with any questions.
*** An open pole barn covers this venue. The evening will be lovely rain or shine.***

Hoedown & Silent Auction

Relax to music at historic GeerCrest farm, while enjoying food & drink, crafts, farm tours and storytelling

Join us for the 4th annual Hoedown and Silent Auction on the farm.  Music, food, dancing, crafts, beer and wine, and silent auction. Suggested donation: $30 adult / $12 Child (includes meal)

Food included in ticket price
Smoking a goat (plenty of vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy free options, all food lifestyles are welcome)
Camping available

Music & Dancing:
Silver Creek String Band
Truman Price on Fiddle
Slippery Slope
Smoked Goat
Farm Fresh Salads

Cost: $30 adult 18+/$12 Child ages 7-17/Children 0-6 Free (includes food)
Camping: $20 tent site, $30 RV (dry camping only)

Who’s Welcome: Everyone – Children to Adults

Controversial New Factory Farm Proposed for Oregon – Comment by Nov. 4

A dairy CAFO (confined animal feeding operation).

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.

Make your voice heard on the water pollution permit for the Lost Valley Ranch mega-CAFO before 5pm, November 4!

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.

Click here to email comments to Wym Matthews, the CAFO Program Director for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Governor Kate Brown.