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Small Farms Conference

Saturday, February 25, 2012 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2012 Small Farms Conference Brochure - This has detailed sessions descriptions for the sessions listed below.

Registration will be $45 each or 2 from the same farm, registering together for $80 through Feb 15th. Late registration is $50 per person.


8:00 am    Registration and Refreshments
9:30 am    Morning Session

Keynote: 500 Acres of Food
Kristin and Mark Kimball run a full-diet, free-choice, year-round, draft horse powered CSA from their northern New York Essex Farm. Kristin will discuss how their unique farm model has evolved over eight seasons, the advantages and disadvantages of scaling up, and the importance of hanging on to a clear vision in the face of rapid change. Her book, The Dirty Life, chronicles their farm’s chaotic startup year. Kristin Kimball, Essex Farm and author of The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food & Love.

Concurrent Sessions
11:00 am to 12:20 am
Multi-Species, Multi-Marketing Channels I
Birds, Bees, and Pickles
Funding Innovation in Food and Farms
Winter Farming Part 1: Production Basics
Rainwater Harvesting for the Farm
Continuing the Conversation with Kristin Kimball
Farm Business Plan 101

12:20 pm to 1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm to 2:50 pm
Multi-Species, Multi-Marketing Channels II
Winter Farming Part 2: Marketing your Products
Flash Mob at Your Market? Special Events to Keep Your Market Hopping
The Essex Farm Full Diet, Year-Round CSA
The New Face of Farming
Show Me the Money: Traditional and Creative Resources for Farmer Financing
Farm to Fork Events

3:10 pm to 4:30 pm
Farmers as Writers  
Increase SNAP Match at Your Market
Integrating Permaculture Principles on Diversified Small Farms
Grafting Vegetables to Reduce Soil-Borne Problems and Improve Vigor and Yield  
Business Planning and Lenderspeak
Selling to Schools and Hospitals
Oregon’s 1000 Bird Exemption

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Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be made (minus a $10 processing fee) to those who notify our office by 12:00pm on Feb. 17th, 2012. After that time we are unable to process refunds. .

LaSells Stewart Center (campus map)
Chrissy Lucas
chrissy.lucas at oregonstate.edu
OSU Extension Service