Small Farm School 2021 – Registration is Open!

Registration for Small Farm School 2021 is now open. Click here to register!

Small Farm School is a one-day educational event for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural land stewards. This year is the 10th anniversary of Small Farm School. After a successful virtual experience last year, Small Farm School 2021 returns to all outdoor programming and in-person sessions at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday, September 15th.

Registration (Aug 10 – Sept 7): $60
Late Registration (Sept 8 – Sept 14): $75

Click here to register!

No one is more passionate about soil than OSU's James Cassidy.

No one is more excited about soil than OSU’s James Cassidy. (Photo: WMSWCD)

Topics for Small Farm School Excite and Inspire

This year, Small Farm School 2021 is offering 15 sessions. Sessions include, but are not limited to:

  • Farmers’ Woes: Managing Stress & Procrastination (with science!)
  • Disaster Preparedness for Livestock Farms
  • Creating Habitat for Beneficial Insects on the Farm
  • Fruit Tree Pruning Basics
  • Soil! An Exploration of Soil and Soil Heath with the Soil Rockstar James Cassidy

Click here for a complete list of sessions for Small Farm School 2021.

Learn new skills and meet new friends at Small Farm School.

Learn new skills and meet new friends at Small Farm School.

Who Should Attend Small Farm School?

Small Farm School attendees include beginning AND experienced farmers and small acreage landowners. Session topics change each year, so if you have attended in the past, join us again! There is always something new to learn.

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

This year, all Small Farm School classes will be held outside.

This year, all Small Farm School classes will be held outside.

Small Farm School and Covid-19 Precautions

This year, all classes will be held outside. Participants should dress for outdoor conditions and plan accordingly based on the forecast. Lunch will not be provided, so bring your own or head out to a local food spot during the extended lunch break. Local options will be listed soon on event websitePlease bring a water bottle. Refill stations will be available throughout the day. Coffee will be provided in the morning,

Due to space limitations, Small Farm School reserves the right to close registration on September 1, 2021 or when 150 registrations have been received.

To curb the spread of COVID-19 all sessions will be outside and guidance from OSU Extension, Clackamas Community College, and the CDC will be followed. As guidance changes we will update the this information and details will be sent in a reminder email the week of Small Farm School. Masks will be provided at the registration table.

Discounted Registrations for Small Farm School

Discounted registrations are available for students and participants of farm education programs. Please send an email here to request a discounted registration.

Full scholarships for Oregon Veteran farmers and Black, Indigenous and other farmers of color are available from the support of the East and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation Districts and other sponsors. Please send an email here to request a scholarship.

Livestock care is always a popular session.

Livestock care is always a popular session.

Ask the Experts

Each year, Small Farm School brings together a terrific team of experts who serve as resources to workshop participants. Find a list of these experts here. Experts represent topics which include:

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

Small Farm School Partners

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

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