OSU Mid-Valley Small Farms Program Updates
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Mid-Valley Small Farm Program Updates

We've got a lot to share with you folks this month, so we hope you can take a well deserved break, dust off your boots, and sit down with some Small Farms news. 

Most exciting for us, we're in the midst of planning for our two big fall events, which we hope to see you at! First, on September 30, we are hosting Día del Campo para Pequeños Agricultores, a Farmer Field Day for Latino farmers. Second, our very own kickoff party will be on October 12. We are having a party to meet our local small farmers face to face!

Last, but certainly not least, our English-language Small Farms needs assessment is rolling out now and our Spanish-language needs assessment will be rolling out in about two months. We strongly encourage you to participate either in person or online; we want to hear from you!

- Javier, Heather, Erica, Victoria, Eliza, Jose, and Erin

Mid-Valley Small Farms Program News
Needs Assessment Survey Launch!
After much anticipation, we are launching our small farmers’ needs assessment survey! This is your opportunity to let us know what your needs are as a farmer; your responses will help shape our programs for the next 3-5 years. More info.
Participate In-Person
Participate Online
Una Encuesta de Evaluación de las Necesidades de Pequeños Agricultores
La Programa para Pequeños Agricultores del Servicio de Extensión de OSU para la parte Central del Valle de Willamette está planeando una encuesta de pequeños agricultores en Oregon. Sera la primera vez que el Servicio de Extensión de OSU llevamos a cabo una encuesta como esta de granjeros latinos. Es importante que servimos todos granjeros con nuestros recursos y servicios y esta encuesta es el inicio oficial de servimos los granjeros latinos en Oregon.

La encuesta comenzará en el último parte de 2017.
Table Grape Field Day
Our very own Javier Fernandez-Salvador will be presenting at the OSU Table Grape Field Day on September 13. Click here for more information.
Beneficial & Pollinator Insectary Planting and Maintenance: A Hands-On Workshop
Hoverfly, photo credit Lynn Ketchum.
Four Activities:
  • OSU Organic Growers Club farm tour
  • Hedgerow maintenance
  • Plant propagation – rooting, planting, and willow cuttings
  • Insectary row preparation and planting - including an introductions to the solarization project
Target audience: farmers, especially those who attended previous courses. Attendance is capped at 20 participants and pre-registration is required.

WHEN: Sept 28, 9am-1pm
WHERE: OSU Organic Growers Farm 

For questions, contact Victoria Binning at 503-373-3774 or
Día de Campo para Pequeños Agricultores

¡Están Invitados!

La Programa para Pequeños Agricultores del Servicio de Extensión de OSU para la parte Central del Valle de Willamette está organizado un día de campo para los agricultores en Oregon que hablan español. Venga y disfrute una gira de la Granja Juventud de Marion-Polk Food Share, charlas sobre varios temas agrícolas, un anuncio de nuestras investigaciones con pequeños granjeros, comida, y buena compañía.

¿Qué? Día de Campo

¿Cuándo? 30 de septiembre, 11am-3:30pm

¿Donde? La Granja Juventud, en el colegio comunitario de Chemeketa en Salem

Este evento será exclusivamente en español y es gratis.

Para más información y registrarse llame a José Ortega al 818-605-6396.

For English, click here.

Small Farms Kickoff Party
We at the Mid-Willamette Small Farms team still feel fairly green. We've thoroughly enjoyed our work with small farmers in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties and we still need to meet many of you. So we’re throwing a party! Join us for food, fun, and farm games at Minto Island Growers on October 12, from 4-6pm. We’re looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again, and learning about how OSU Extension Small Farms can support you.

WHERE: Minto Island Growers
WHEN: October 12, 4-6pm

For more information, farm game suggestions, or to RSVP, please contact Victoria Binning at 503-373-3774 or
Olive Research Expands to OSU Vineyard Site
Touring the available research plots at OSU's Woodhall Vineyard in Alpine, OR
The olive research project is proud to announce that their olive trial will now take place at two locations: the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, and OSU's Woodhall Vineyard outside of Alpine, OR. We are very grateful to the Oregon Wine Research Institute for the opportunity. This second site will allow us to evaluate olives on both low, flatland areas and a sloped hillside, where we expect to see a significant difference between winter temperatures and the subsequent damage to the trees. 
Farmer Spotlight
Quail Flats Farm
After many years of doubling the size of his family's backyard garden, Brandon Wagner decided to go big. Farm-sized big. He built a greenhouse, water catchment system, and converted 1/2 an acre of his family's property in Independence to annual vegetable crops. Wagner says he was motivated by a desire to get good food to people and to provide a source of fresh, certified organic produce in Polk county. 
Read more here.
More Mid-Valley News
Living on the Land Workshop Series

Living on the Land is a workshop series for small acreage land owners or those in beginning land management.

  • October 5 – Land Stewardship Planning, Soils & Water Resources
  • October 12 – Wells & Septic Systems
  • October 19 – Woodlands and Wildlife
  • October 26 – Pasture & Grazing Management
  • November 2 – Weed Management
Farm and Ranch Succession Courses
Two farm and ranch succession courses are open for registration!

Both offer in-person and online options, as well as one-on-one succession counseling sessions.  Learn from business and succession professionals, and farmers and ranchers who've been through the process. Courses include Overview of Farm and Ranch Succession, What's Your Farm or Ranch Really Worth?, an expert panel (attorney, accountant, banker), and Transitions that Work: Farmer & Dr. Sherri Noxel of OSU's Austin Family Business Program

Register by contacting Kathy Nishimoto by email: or by phone: (503) 594-0738

For more information, click here.
Farmer-to-Farmer Organic Mentorship Program
Oregon Tilth is facilitating a new program to pair experienced organic farmers with new or transitioning organic farmers for a year of mentorship and support. The OSU Mid-Valley Small Farms team is actively engaged in this opportunity with Oregon Tilth. More info.
Past Mid-Valley Events
Beginning Small Farmers Present New Farm Business Plans
On August 6th, three students from the “Cambios” micro-business development program, a collaboration between Huerto de la Familia and OSU Extension, presented their business and farm plans. These presentations were a culmination of 8 weeks of beginner farmer training. More info.
Experiential Learning Coordinator Visits Mid-Valley Small Farms Team
Eliza (salmon shirt), Jose (dark gray shirt), Neil Bell, Javier (black jacket) talk to Heather Stoven (blue jacket) about the set up for a propagation trial, part of the new olive research project.
In July, two students on the Mid-Valley Small Farms Team received a visit from the OSU College of Ag Science Experiential Learning Coordinator, Katie Gaebel.  More info.
First Organic Certification Workshop at Polk County Fair
For the 2017 Polk County Fair, the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District collaborated with Polk County Extension Service to bring short informational and agricultural programming to the general public. More info.
Upcoming Events

Sept 12 - Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative Field Day, Corvallis

Sept 13 - Table Grape Field Day, Aurora

Sept 14 – NWREC Vegetable Variety Field Day, Aurora

Sept 15 -  Chemical & Fertilizer Container Recycling Day, McMinnville and Salem

Sept 17-18 - Beginning Farmer Land & Water Training, Springfield

Sept 20-21OSU Forage Management Series: Renovation Techniques, Corvallis

Sept 21 - Small Farm School, Oregon City

Sept 28Beneficial & Pollinator Insectary Planting and Maintenance: a hands-on workshop, Corvallis

Sept 29 - Online Blueberry Physiology, Productions Systems & Management Course, Online

Sept 30 - Día del Campo para Pequeños Agricultores, Salem

Oct 2Culinary Breeding Network Variety Showcase, Portland

Oct 5Living on the Land: Land Stewardship Planning, Soils & Water Resources, Springfield

Oct 6 – Goat Health and Nutrition Workshop, Creswell

Oct 12 - Mid-Valley Small Farms Kickoff!, Salem

Oct 12Living on the Land: Wells & Septic Systems, Springfield

Oct 19Living on the Land: Woodlands and Wildlife, Springfield

Nov 2Living on the Land: Weed Management, Springfield

Nov 2 - Overview of Farm and Ranch Succession Planning, Milwaukie

Nov 18 - Women in Agriculture Conference, Salem

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Weldin Farms Needs Your Help!
Barbara and Claude Weldin of Weldin Farms discovered their tractor had been stolen from their property in late June in the middle of their cherry harvest. The tractor is a John Deere 3520 with a front loader and a broken cowl around the left headlight. Tractor VIN # LV3520H358885. Front loader VIN # W0300CX016919. Any help in locating this tractor would be greatly appreciated! Contact Barbara and Claude at or 503-370-8302.

See the Statesman Journal article on the incident here.
Are you a farmer looking for land or a job? A landowner looking for someone to farm? Check out Friends of Family Farmer's Oregon Farm Link

Who are you folks, anyway?

Great question. Check out our short bios below and if your interest is piqued, don't be shy! We'd love to chat about what we do and what we can do together.

Javier Fernandez-Salvador is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Oregon State University. More info.

Heather Stoven is the Community Horticulturalist and Small Farms Extension Agent for Yamhill County. More info.

Erica Chernoh is a sustainable agriculture specialist. More info.

Victoria Binning is the Agriculture Program Coordinator for Marion County Extension Service. More info.

Eliza Smith is a student at Oregon State University, majoring in Bioresource Research with a focus in plant growth and development, and minoring in Spanish. More info.

Erin Wever is a student at Oregon State University, majoring in the fields of Environmental Economics and Policy and Environmental Sciences. More info.

Jose Ortega is majoring in Agricultural Science with an emphasis in Ag Education. More info.

OSU Extension Faculty and Staff
Javier Fernandez-Salvador, Assistant Professor of Practice 

Heather Stoven, Community Horticulturalist and Small Farms Extension Agent
Erica Chernoh, Horticulture Instructor

Victoria Binning, Agriculture Program Coordinator

Eliza Smith, Student Project Assistant
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