Clackamas County has a huge horse population! This year’s Small Farm School offers a track that addresses our love of horses, and our deep desire to see them healthy and living in harmony with our natural resources.
Presented by OSU Extension in cooperation with Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and Clackamas Community College, Small Farm School is an annual one-day event held at Clackamas Community College. Each year the curriculum changes, providing attendees with a wide array of learning opportunities. This year the event will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
- Horse health, handling and emergency care (double session) – This three-hour class will focus on basic horse health and nutrition, handling and emergency care. Includes both classroom and hands-on in the field components. Instructor: Lauren Larson, DVM, Equus Veterinary Service
- Rotational grazing and pasture management – Animal management can protect pastures from over grazing and ensure long-term productivity. Learn the fundamental principles and practices that promote healthy pastures. Instructor: Gene Pirelli, OSU Extension
- Composting on your farm (double session) – This double session is in the classroom and the field. Join Jason, Nick and Dan to learn about the art and science of composting. You will learn how to handle different types of feedstock, estimate C/N ratio, and build compost piles that will heat up and decompose efficiently. You will learn about the composting process, turned windrows and aerated static piles. You’ll also learn about compost quality and nutrient content. In the field Dan will share practical advice about on-farm composting, and you will learn to estimate moisture content by feel, bulk density, pile volume and application rate. Instructors: Nick Andrews, OSU Small Farms Extension, Jason Faucera, Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District and Dan Sullivan Black Locust Farm
Registration is officially open. We look forward to seeing you there!