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

Hydroponic Hoop House in the works at NWREC

After a late summer, the frosty mornings have arrived in the valley. It's official the tomatoes are done. But not so in the new “Hydrohouse” at NWREC. The “Hydrohouse” is a new 3000 square foot hoop house for  demonstrating hydroponic systems.

The "Hydrohouse" is still getting geared up, there is currently lettuce growing in NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) and DWC (Deep Water Culture).  Tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers growing in Dutch Bucket systems.

Keep an eye on the newsletter for 2023 "Hydrohouse" learning opportunities. 

Metro Small Farms Team

Heidi Noordijk
Outreach Program Coordinator

Clint Taylor
Education Program Assistant

Organic Vegetable Program
Nick Andrews
Professor of Practice


Clint Taylor showing of the first round of DWC lettuce. Lettuce is grown on floating rafts while their roots are suspended in 10 inches of nutrient filled water.

Pilot program Fall 2022 with a private audience, course will open to the public in 2023.

This course provides a basic overview of the concept of hydroponics—the production of plants in water, without soil. We will cover four standard systems used to pursue hydroponic production:

  • Deep water culture
  • Nutrient film technique
  • Buckets
  • Ebb and flow
For more info contact Mykl Nelson.
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The OSU Organic Extension program is pleased to announce a new job opportunity for a Faculty Research Assistant.
The incumbent will work closely with OSU’s Organic Extension faculty and support ongoing research and Extension activities. Current projects include cover crops, strawberry production, pasture management, and Organic Extension outreach. A Bachelor of Science degree and three years’ experience with crop production and/or agricultural research, with an interest or focus on sustainable and organic agriculture are required. 


applications are due by November 23.

Contact (503-913-9410) if you have any questions about the position.
Apply Now


The Oregon Small Farms Conference will be back to an in person day for the 2023 event. We are geared toward farmers, agricultural professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets. Educational sessions are offered on a variety of topics relevant to Oregon small farmers. Speakers include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness, and more
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Back to the Root 2023

Feb 17th-20th

Back to the Root is a PNW regional conference led by and for African and Black- identified farmers, ranchers, urban growers & gardeners, food producers, entrepreneurs, educators, and advocates. We use this annual gathering to network, dig into our history, discuss experiences, learn about opportunities, and build strategies. This historic gathering is a Black-centered event, and we welcome our Native, Indigenous, Latinx, and QTPOC community members to join us!

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Veteran Women in Agriculture

When: Thursday, November 17, 2022 @ 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT

Featuring OSU Small Farms Teagan Moran: Veteran women bring a unique skill set and, for many, a direct need for healing and connection to the field of agriculture. In this Free Range Conversations™ event with American Farmland Trust, you’ll learn more about active efforts to better understand and engage with women veterans in the agricultural community. 

Join us to have your questions answered live by some of the leading experts working to support veteran women in agriculture.  

How to Participate: You can view and participate in the conversation on the social media platform of your choice.

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Voles, Drones & Dogs:
Vole Workshop

What: OSU is hosting a workshop on Voles, Drones and Dogs to introduce two current vole management projects investigating the use of canine-assisted detection and drones..

Join us to learn about vole ecology and management; how OSU is exploring the use of canine-assisted detection to locate active vole tunnels in pastures, vegetables and hazelnuts; and how drones may help assess crop damage in grass seed. The workshop will include time for discussions and, if weather permits, outdoor demonstrations. Presenters and facilitators include Dana Sanchez, Nick Andrews, Christy Tanner, Jenifer Cruickshank, Vanessa Blackstone, and Tim Stock (OSU), and Matthew Bucy (ODA).
When: Thursday December 1, 2022 from 1:00-4:30
Where: Chemeketa Community College Agricultural Hub, Building 60 / Room 102, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem.

Register here: Registration is free but space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
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Blueberry Pruning Workshop

What: Join us to discuss the physiological effects of pruning on plant growth and yield, including efficiency and cost of pruning techniques for both young and established fields. Learn how to recognize crown gall symptoms during pruning. There will be an opportunity to also participate in field pruning in our research plot. Please dress for the weather and bring your own pruners.

When: Dec 9, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: NWREC, 15210 NE Miley Rd Aurora, OR 97002. Blueberry Field - look for signs

Cost: $10.00

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O-FREAP is an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to learn about, address, and dismantle racism within the food and farm systems and beyond.

Oregon Farm and Ranch Equity (O-FREAP) and Anti-Racism Program: Upcoming opportunities to connect, engage & discuss.

Virtual discussion and networking sessions are for those who are registered for the online curriculum, you can register for that here:

Discussion/Networking Sessions: 

Questions? Contact:

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Know Your Cost to Grow  


The KYCTG program provides multi-crop vegetable farmers with a step-by-step process for determining their crop-specific costs of production and a framework for using cost of production information for business decision-making. The program includes online modules and an online cost calculation tool and is designed to be offered to farmer cohorts in a facilitator-led format. The goal of this program is to support farmers with using cost information to make more informed business decisions that will ultimately lead to increased profitability and long-term sustainability. 


Reach out to Heidi to learn if you’re farm is at a good stage for this program. There will be a north valley co-hort in 2023. 

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Email Heidi

OPN Winter Education Series 2023
Meat Us In Class!

T’is the season to kick your feet up and relax your bones.

In this year’s Oregon Pasture Network Winter Classes Education Series, we’re addressing some of our farmers’ most pressing issues, including but not limited to meat quality and on-farm butchery, increased pasture nutrition, drought tolerant pasture varieties, livestock emergency veterinary care, succession planning, successfully running a pastured poultry business and predator control and farm marketing.

We’ve also asked some of our EXPERT scientists, industry partners, educators and friends at OSU Extension to lend their time, expertise and technical assistance to our community of farmers!

It’s time to work your brain and get the knowledge you seek from seasoned farming, pasture and livestock experts!
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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
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