Registration is Open for Small Farm School 2019!

Small, hands-on classes cover a wide variety of subjects.

We’re excited to announce that registration for Small Farm School 2019 officially opens on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  Here is your opportunity to secure your spot and classes for a full day of beekeeping, dairy animals, food safety, permaculture, conservation habitat, and dry farming fun! This year, our team is offering over 25 sessions on these topics and more. Check out the full list of classes.

What is Small Farm School?

Small Farm School is an annual, full day event with hands-on workshops and classroom sessions for beginning and experienced small-scale commercial farmers. Each year, Small Farm School offers several different tracks with classes ranging from equipment maintenance/repair, animal husbandry (different focus animal group each year), organics, weed management, fruits, nuts, veggies, and more.

This year’s Small Farm School will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. Many of the classes will be held outside with real livestock and equipment, so plan on getting some hands-on experience.

Why Hold the Event in July?

For six years, Small Farm School was held in September. As farmers know, September is a busy harvest time. Last year, in order to make the event more inclusive and to help farmers build the skills they need, the planning committee chose a slightly calmer time in the growing season to offer this event. Thursday was a big success last year. Let your farmer friends know that this date was designed with their needs in mind.

Who Should Attend Small Farm School?

Dairy animals will be the animal focus for Small Farm School 2019.

Dairy animals will be the animal focus for Small Farm School 2019.

Small Farm School is an all-day event for beginning AND experienced farmers and small acreage landowners. Field and classroom workshops will address small farm topics such as crop and livestock production, direct marketing, small-scale equipment, and management for soil and water conservation. Course offerings change each year, so if you have attended in the past, join us again! There is always something new to learn.

Register Today! Register HERE

Classes are size-limited and will close when full. Early registration is highly recommended to ensure the best class selection.

  • Early Registration: $75 – May 23rd – July 2nd
  • Regular Registration: $85 – July 3 – July 11th

Registration fees cover class materials, lunch, and a coffee break. Registration fees are non-refundable, however substitutions will be allowed through July 11th. No late registration OR walk-in registration will be accepted. Due to space limitations, Small Farm School reserves the right to close registration on July 11, 2019 or when 250 registrations have been received.

Ask the Experts

Soil health is the foundation for all successful growing operations!

Soil health is the foundation for all successful growing operations!

Each year, Small Farm School brings together a terrific team of experts to talk one-on-one with workshop participants during the generous lunch break. Experts represent topics which have included:

  • Water Rights
  • Food Preservation
  • Farmers Markets
  • Soil Health
  • Beekeeping
  • Organic Farming and certification
  • Food Safety and Production
  • Small Farm Purchase and Financing
  • And more!

Classes on tractor and small engine repair are always well attended.

Additional information regarding Small Farm School is available online.

Keep up to date and learn more about this year’s offerings by following Small Farm School on Facebook!

Small Farm School Partners

This event is hosted by OSU Extension, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, and Clackamas Community College, with support from Rogue Farm Corps and Friends of Family Farmers.

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