OSU Metro Small Farms Program Updates
Clackamas, Multnomah & Washington Counties
Program Updates

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had time over the holidays to be with family and friends and reflect on the 2021 and look forward to 2022.

We hope you all are able to stay healthy and safe this month as we are experiencing the Omicron surge.

January and February are good times to catch up on farm planning, read, attend workshops, order supplies and do upkeep on equipment and infrastructure. 

Please reach out with questions related to you small farms.
Metro Small Farms Team

Heidi Noordijk
Outreach Program Coordinator

Clint Taylor
Education Program Assistant

Organic Vegetable Program
Nick Andrews
Professor of Practice

7th annual Virtual Dry Farming Collaborative Winter Convening
Registration information coming soon for DFC Winter Convening
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Applications are now OPEN for Oregon Farm Internship & Apprenticeship Positions via Rogue Farm Corps!

Applications are now OPEN for ROGUE FARM CORPS’ beginning & advanced farmer training programs in Oregon for the 2022 farm season!

Are you interested in a sustainable farm internship or apprenticeship in Oregon for 2022 with associated classes, farm tours, discussions, and networking? Please check out Rogue Farm Corps’ farmer training programs! Participants train at a partner host farm which provides mentorship and experience. Hands-on field training at a host farm is augmented by a series of in-person and virtual classes, farm tours, discussions, and networking organized by Rogue Farm Corps and partners. Host farms provide wages or an educational stipend and some offer housing or food as well. (All Advanced Apprenticeship positions are provided an hourly wage.) Full-time, part-time, full-season (spring through fall), and short-season positions are available. Host farm and position information can be found on our website.

Priority application deadline is January 27th, 2022.

Rogue Farm Corps seeks to train an inclusive next generation of farmers and encourages applicants of all backgrounds and identities to apply. RFC tuition scholarships are available.

To see an overview of all our farmer training programs, see our Programs At A Glance page.
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The Farm Labor Dashboard project is offering a series of online workshops to help farmers build the knowledge and skills needed to successfully recruit and manage employees. 

The workshops are geared to produce and diversified livestock producers who are new to managing employees, and to farmers who are considering changes to how they arrange for, and manage, labor on their farms. Women farmers' learning needs and priorities are integrated throughout the series. 
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Horse Keeping and Land Management Masterclass Series

Join Tualatin and Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water for this free six-week Masterclass Series on Horse Keeping and Land Management!

Whether you’re new to horse keeping or have years of experience, this course will help you learn ways to simplify your horse keeping checklist while managing your property in a way that benefits the entire ecosystem. That means less time cursing your wheelbarrow and more time doing the things you enjoy with your horse, all year long.

Feb. 9th – Mud Management
Feb. 16th – Manure Management
Feb. 23rd – Pasture Management
March 2nd – Nature-Based Solutions
March 9th – Firewise for Horse Owners
March 16th – Equine Enrichment
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Rogue Farm Corps is currently hiring

  • Full-time Chapter Coordinator in the Rogue Valley 
  • Half-time (with room to grow) Chapter Coordinator in Portland.
These positions are great opportunities for people who have at least 2 full seasons of farm experience, and are interested in education, mentorship, collaboration, and equity. Please see position descriptions and application instructions for each position linked below.

The deadline to apply for both positions is January 19th.

Please direct any questions to
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Are you new to farming or ranching, thinking about becoming a producer or serve this audience in your work? You’re invited to Oregon USDA Beginning Farmer Ranchers: In The Know Virtual Events 2022.

Oregon’s Beginning Farmer Rancher (BFR) Team and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) small farm and organic specialists are offering opportunities to learn more about USDA programs and how they can benefit those new to farming or ranching.

Join us online for Oregon USDA’s Beginning Farmer Ranchers: In The Know informational virtual event series on

January 11
April 12
July 12

All events run from 10 a.m. to noon.
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Now is the time to create your crop plans for 2021 and being ordering seeds. ATTRA has compiled crop planning resources that can help you along the way.
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The Metro Small Farms Program is based at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). Variety trials and small-scale workshops occur on our two-acre learning farm. There are many other programs at NWREC that serve farmers in our region. Watch this 7-minute video to learn more.
COVID-19 Advisory. Metro OSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed or canceled. We are available via email, phone and web conference
Oregon State University Extension Service prohibits discrimination in all its programs, services, activities, and materials on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, genetic information, veteran’s status, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. This publication will be made available in accessible formats upon request. Program accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by calling 503-373-3774.

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El Servicio de Extensión de Oregon State University prohíbe la discriminación en todos sus programas, servicios, actividades y materiales en base a la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, identidad de género (incluyendo la expresión de género), orientación sexual, discapacidad, edad, estado civil, estatus de la familia/padres, ingresos derivados de un programa de asistencia pública, creencias políticas, información genética, estado de veterano, represalia o represalia por actividad previa de los derechos civiles.

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