One or two-day training programs for new farmers….
OSU Oregon Small Farms Conference, late February, costs $45 and is at LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis Oregon http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfc
Small Farm School: A one-day program for small farmers put on by OSU and held at Clackamas Community College one Saturday in September http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/small-farm-school
Longer term Programs, Resources and Internships:
Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship: a multi-track program sponsored by OSU & Multnomah County April to October (applications due Dec 1.) http://web.multco.us/sustainability/BUFA
Rogue Farm Corps Taking Applications for Internships until Mid-March, RFC offers comprehensive, on-farm, legal internships in two locations – Eugene and Southern Oregon… and now in Portland! Check out www.roguefarmcorps.org
Friends of Family Farmers’ iFarm Program
Connecting aspiring farmers to land (leased and sold) via public database…. To contact any of the landowners or farmers on iFarm, you must first complete a questionnaire describing your opportunity (for landholders) or your goals, experience, and plans (for landseekers). Once completed and approved, this information is entered into our online database (online and pdf questionnaires are below) and you may then contact any of our iFarm participants.
OSU’s Small Farms Programs
“Growing Farms Program” Wednesday evenings, February to April, 4:30 to 9:00 pm
Soil School – one Saturday in April (Can be attended without attending “Growing Farms”)
Growing Farms is designed for beginning farmer in their first 5-years of business. Come and learn how to navigate the biological, financial and human aspects of small-scale specialty crop and livestock farming while getting to know the local small farm community. For more details and to register please click here!
Feel free to contact Heidi with any questions. This course is designed for those seriously pursuing production oriented farming or expanding their current farm. Scholarships are available for residents of the Clackamas County and East and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation Districts. For more information contact: email@example.com, (503) 678-1264 ext.141
A local opportunity for leased land, mentoring and equipment sharing:
Gregory Malinowski is a Washington County Commissioner who also likes to foster new farmers by leasing part of his land on NW Springville Lane, near Sauvie Island, and mentoring them as they try out small scale farming for the first time. Reach him by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org