OSU Metro Small Farms Program Updates
Clackamas, Multnomah & Washington Counties
It's mid-October with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80's. Tomatoes are still flowering and ripening and apples are sweetening up with cool nights and warm days. It's also allowed for plenty of time to get in cover crop seed. We started the season off with a cool, wet spring and here we are in a hot, dry autumn. In Aurora we are 200 degree days behind 2021 for the year AND from July to October we are 240 degree days ahead of last year. 

Winter squash has had time to mature and could even be cured outside thisy year. Researchers from OSU put together a chart on peak culinary quality for regionally high-performing winter squash varieties. Go forth this fall, this winter and enjoy winter squash at its peak.
Metro Small Farms Team

Heidi Noordijk
Outreach Program Coordinator

Clint Taylor
Education Program Assistant

Organic Vegetable Program
Nick Andrews
Professor of Practice


Winter Squash Storage Chart from Kabocha and Buttercup Squash for Western Oregon Gardens Em9270
Link to Publication


Determining the “right” pricing for your products can be challenging for new and experienced farmers and ranchers. Several variables — including cost of production, competition, customer makeup and season — affect pricing. These variables change regularly. Some are within your control, while others are not. Pricing decisions are complex. This publication outlines some key considerations that should affect what you charge.
Link to Publication


Mushroom Producer Survey

This form is intended to gather input and better understand the needs and desires of mushroom producers in the greater Portland Metro Area and throughout Oregon. Information from this form will be used by the OSU Metro Small Farms Program to create events for mushroom producers.
Link to Survey
Century Farm Survey

My name is Mariah and I am a Masters of Environmental Science student at Oregon State University. I am working with my advisor, Dr. Dominique Bachelet, to tell the success stories of Century Farms that have thrived or survived over the years. We are interviewing Century Farmers within the Willamette Valley and looking at what has changed over the years since they were first established.

We are interested in exploring what caused any changes, economics (price, competition, regulations) or environmental (soil degradation, weather, water supply). Additionally, we would like to know what kind of records have been kept over the years to help manage the farm, with a particular interest in weather events that may have affected farm activities. 

If you would be interested in participating in a 30-minute survey please do not hesitate to reach out to us at
Email Mariah


PNW Medicinal Herb Initiative

Kristie Buckland is leading the way at OSU in exploring medicinal herb production in Oregon. We are committed to working with farms, industry, herbalists, and practitioners so that we can facilitate the development of a research plan that is inclusive and targeted to enhancing the availability of PNW-grown herbs.


Friends of Family Farmers (FoFF) 2023 policy report


Now that the data has been collected from the FoFF Family Farms Survey and twelve focus groups around the state, they are excited to share with you the results and policy priorities for the 2023 legislative session. FoFF strives to amplify the voices of Oregon's family farmers to decision makers and advocate for funding, policy changes and expanded programming specifically geared towards small and mid-size producers during every legislative session.
Read Full Report
Considering bringing on interns? 

Rogue Farm Corps is in the process of recruiting for 2023 partner host farm/ranch sites in Oregon that are interested in mentoring and training an apprentice (or multiple apprentices) in 2023.

The deadline to apply is 10/31/22.

Please note that any farm/ranch in Oregon can now apply to host. If the farm/ranch is not near a current RFC chapter location (Rogue Valley and Portland) we just ask them to make a simple plan for how their apprentice(s) would be networked into their local food & farming communities.

Questions? Contact: 
Matt Gordon, Education Director / Rogue Farm Corps
Apply Now
In October the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program (HIP) will be accepting applications for the 2023 growing season!

HIP is a five-year farm business development program near Portland, Oregon that provides experienced farmers affordable access to farmland, equipment, farm infrastructure, and more as they launch their farm business. Full details on program offerings and structure can be found in the 2022 Headwaters Farmer’s Manual.

To apply to the incubator program, visit the HIP application page and fill out the Farm Incubator Application Form.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on October 31st.

Who should apply? Theyare looking for candidates who have strong farming skills and a clear vision for their farm business. Well qualified applicants typically have at least three years of farming experience, including one or more seasons of farm management responsibilities (e.g., overseeing farm systems or labor). They work hard to create an inclusive space and welcoming community at
Apply Now


New Guide Available for Underserved Farmers, Ranchers 

A new multi-agency guide for USDA assistance for underserved farmers and ranchers is now available. If you are a farmer or rancher and are a minority, woman, veteran, beginning, or limited resource producer, you can use this booklet to learn about assistance and targeted opportunities available to you. This includes programs offered through the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency. The guide is available for download in English here. The guide is also available in Spanish, Hmong, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese on
Link to Guide

Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grant

This grant program involves agricultural producers and technical advisors implementing projects to address identified needs in sustainable agriculture. Projects with one or two producers may apply for $25,000, and projects with three or more producers working together may apply for $29,900. Proposals are due November 2, 2022.
Grant Info

Small and Mid-Sized Farmer Resources

Small and midsize producers provide new opportunities for American agriculture across the country. This page provides small and midsize producers valuable resources and program information about access to capital, land management and conservation practices, managing risk, finding local markets, and other educational resources.
More Info


Join us for a field day for olive growers hosted by the Olea Project on Friday, October 14 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

The registration cost is $25 and includes morning refreshments, boxed lunch, and an olive oil tasting.

More Info

Western Meat School

Start the enrollment process here.

Tuesdays, October 11-December 6, 2022 from 5-7pm PST

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network and Colorado State University is very excited to announce our newly updated and expanded intermediate-level short course for small and mid-scale livestock producers, called the Western Meat School.

This fully remote learning experience will help farmers, ranchers, butchers & others learn the essentials for direct marketing niche meat from experts in livestock production, processing, marketing & pricing. It's fully remote and can be attended from the comfort of your own home.

The course fee is $150 for up to two individuals in your business or family who will share the same login and Canvas learning dashboard. 
More Info

Participate in a FREE online suicide prevention training for the agriculture community.


Oct 19 – 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. or  Nov 10 – 9 to 10:30 a.m.

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) teaches people how to spot signs that a friend, neighbor or family member is struggling emotionally. Similar to CPR, the QPR workshop provides lifesaving knowledge and skills to help someone in crisis.

REGISTER TODAY for this FREE workshop.

Need Support Now? If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or Text 988 or Chat

Cabbage Maggot Research Field Day

OSU researchers will be presenting information on current research on cabbage maggot control. The program agenda is below. Please reach out to Kristie Buckland with any questions or accessibility needs. 

 Product Efficacy Trials

3 years of trial work in radish and broccoli crops

Summary of results

Current control options


Lab Feeding Toxicity Trials

Fly feeding efficacy

Organic and conventional pesticides

Next steps


Bait Station Development and Greenhouse Choice/No-Choice Trials

Field bait station development and on-farmtesting

Deterrents to egg-laying in greenhouse trials

Expansion to fieldwork


Barrier Technology Field Trials and Demo

On-going research 

Equipment and product demonstration

Email Kristie
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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