Small Farms

Metro Area Small Farms Program

View the video on the bottom right of this page to learn what we do as the Small Farms Program.

Past Events

Small Farm School

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sharpening tools with a grinder at Small Farm School

Small Farm School is a full day event with hands on and classroom workshops for beginning farmer and small acreage rural landowners. Join us Saturday, September 12  at Clackamas Community College.

Field and classroom workshops include sheep management, fruit and vegetable production, soil management, tractor safety and operation, on farm veterinary care and much more.


NWREC Vegetable Variety Field Day

September 17, 1:00 – 3:30 pm

North Willamette Research and Extension Center

15210 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, Or

Vegetable variety trials have returned to the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). Join us for an afternoon of field tours, tasting tables and discussions with Extension agents and seed companies.

Adult Tractor Safety and Operation

Beginner classes: June 9

Women only beginner: June 23

Advanced class: June 24

at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora

Registration fee: $50 or $90 if registering for beginner and advanced class together

The beginner class is intended for new farmers or those looking to buy a new tractor. The advanced class is open to those who have taken the beginner class or have experience with basic tractor safety, operation and maintenance. Instructors Marc Anderson and Derek Wells are  Master Trainers in farm equipment and safety education and are experts on equipment operation. Light snacks and water will be provided, please bring a sack lunch.Click here for draft agendas of beginner classes and advanced class.

ACRES Agricultural Composting Resources & Education Series

April 3 and April 10, 2015- attend both days

at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora

Registration fee: $90 per person

Attend both days. On April 3 with a small team you will build a compost pile using a wide variety of materials, then on April 10 you will evaluate the performance of your pile. You will also learn about compost area siting and design, handling different materials, turned windrows and aerated static piles, composting equipment and on-farm composting, calculating C/N ratios, estimating moisture content and bulk density, environmental protection and composting regulations, compost nutrient content, compost application, and improving soil with compost.

GROWING FARMS - Successful Whole Farm Management Hybrid Course

Wednesdays, January 21, February 4 and March 4 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Saturday, February 21 Full Day Farm Tours

at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora

Registration fee: $295 (need-based scholarships available for residents of the Clackamas, East and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Hybrid Online and Face-to-Face Course for Beginning Farmers teaches those new to farming how to plan and manage a farm, while giving them tools to produce and market farmed and raised goods. The course also encourages interaction and community building among participants, helping build a professional network among small farmers and ranchers.

View this video to learn more about the new Growing Farms Hybrid Course

North Willamette Horticulture Society Meetings

January 13-15 2015 in Canby, OR

Organic Day: January 13, 2015

Topics include: Research updates in organic blueberries and blackberries, neamtode biology and management, disease management in alliums, spinach and strawberries, clubroot management strategies for brassica production and vegetable rotations for pest management. Visit the NWHS website for program details and registration information.

Culinary Breeding Network Variety Showcase

An evening for PNW seed growers, farmers, plant breeders and chefs to see, taste and discuss new regional varieites and breeding lines.

Click here: to view amazing photos and read articles about the evening

Specialty beets from NWREC variety trialLeaf celery from NWREC variety trialMild habanero peppers from NWREC variety trial

Specialty Vegetable Variety Showcase Field Day

A day for breeders, growers, chefs and eaters to come together to view and discuss vegetable varieties .

Soil Workshops for Small Farms

These workshops are intended for farmers looking to understand more about soils. The first day will cover topics on soil types and textures, how to take and interpret a soil test and cover the basics of nutrient and cover crop management. The second (advanced) day is intended for those that already have a basic understanding of soils and nutrient management. Topics covered on the second day include soil structure and water relations, nitrogen management and testing, cover crop calculator, identifying nutrient deficiency symptoms.

Adult Tractor Safety and Operation



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