- Harvesting rainwater;
- Marketing meat products;
- Extending the growing season into winter;
- Developing a farm business plan;
- Attracting customers to farmers markets;
- Writing about farming;
- Using permaculture on farms;
- Grafting vegetables to reduce soil-borne diseases and improve vigor and yield;
- Selling products to schools and health care facilities;
- Organizing dinner events on farms;
- Legislation affecting small farmers who sell condiments at farmers markets;
- Advocacy plans for reforming Oregon's land-use policies to favor agricultural producers;
- Resources for financing farms.
The event, one of the flagship educational offerings of the OSU Extension Service’s Small Farms Program, is geared toward farmers, agriculture professionals, food policy advocates and managers of farmers markets. Speakers will include farmers, OSU faculty and representatives from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association.
The cost, which includes lunch, is $45 per person or $80 for two people from the same farm or organization through Feb. 15. It rises to $50 per individual on Feb. 16, and will be $55 at the door. The conference will take place at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus. To register, go to http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/2012SFC.
A special hands-on workshop on poultry slaughter and marketing will take place on Feb. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It aims to help poultry producers comply with the requirements of a state law that exempts businesses that slaughter up to 1,000 birds per year from certain licensing requirements. The class requires an additional registration and is limited to 25 people. The cost is $100. To register, go to https://secure.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms-events/register/5. To inquire about scholarships for the poultry session, contact Linda Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org.