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

OSU Extension Intern
Em Jones!

Photo: Em Jones planting Calendula during a garden installation
Metro Small Farms Team

Heidi Noordijk
Outreach Program Coordinator

Clint Taylor
Education Program Assistant

Em Jones
Extension Student intern

Organic Vegetable Program
Nick Andrews
Professor of Practice

Hi, I’m Em Jones (they/them), a farmer in NE Portland’s Cully Neighborhood. My partner and I propagate a variety of heirloom vegetables and recently started a mushroom farm. Aside from a growing business, pun intended, I am also a full-time student with Oregon State University’s Department of Agriculture.

I’m excited for this summer as it’s my first time being an OSU Extension Services intern! I’ll be working for Multnomah and Clackamas County supporting the Small Farm School. It’s a great opportunity for me to expand my knowledge on the dynamics of running an urban farm while assisting others in the learning process.

My goal is to increase access to sustainably grown, healthy, affordable food for my community. Our 0.1-acre lot focuses on reducing food miles by providing a variety of nutrient dense fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms.

Community resilience is created through the open sharing of information and resources, something OSU Extension Services continually contributes to. We are stronger together and better suited to fight climate change, racial injustice, and to improve our systems to reflect an equitable society.


Small Farm School 2022

Monday September 12th 2022
at  Clackamas Community College in Oregon City

Class and registration info will be posted in early August

Check the Small Farm School website for updates
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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


The next month is the time to plant overwintering brassicas and radicchio!

The mild climate west of the Cascades allows farmers and gardeners to grow many winter-hardy crops in the field for winter and spring harvest. A wide range of alliums, leafy greens, brassicas and root crops do well. For gardeners, these winter vegetables provide fresh, nutritious, homegrown produce from November to April. For farmers, winter vegetable production can provide cash flow outside the normal summer cropping season, more consistent work for employees and year-round relationships with direct-market customers.
Link to Publication


The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)  Oregon Disaster Assistance Program (ODAP) is now open. This loan forgiveness program is for farmers that can show farm losses in 2021 in comparison to their annual average income from 2017-2019, based on Schedule F (learn about schedule F). Farmers will apply through approved 3rd party lenders during a short application period this spring. 

Fact Sheet

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs of Organic, Transitioning Producers

Agricultural producers and handlers who are certified organic, along with producers and handlers who are transitioning to organic production, can now apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Organic and Transitional Education Certification Program (OTECP) and Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), which help producers and handlers cover the cost of organic certification, along with other related expenses. Applications for OTECP and OCCSP are both due October 31, 2022. 
More Info


Registration link



Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) is hiring a seasonal maintenance worker to provide program support for our Land Management Program.  We are seeking candidates with a passion for agricultural and forest land management. This person will help ensure that District-owned properties and equipment are safe and well maintained.  They will also help us deliver services to residents of Clackamas County.
The typical seasonal work period is February - October but may change during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated start date: August 15, 2022
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Job Postings

CSA Operations Assistant
Moomaw Family Farm | Oregon City, OR | *$18/hr for all freezer / farm related tasks * $17/hr plus 58.5¢/mile for deliveries (this averages out to be $25 - $26/hr for deliveries
CSA Delivery Driver
Moomaw Family Farm | Oregon City, OR | $17/hr plus 58.5¢/mile for deliveries (this averages out to be $25 - $26/hr)
More Info


New Heat Safety and Wildfire Smoke Rules from OHSA- Oregon
  • On Heat Safety: Water. Rest. Shade. Fact sheet about the key requirements of the wildfire smoke rule:   
  • Wildfire smoke online course: Designed to satisfy certain training requirements in the wildfire smoke rule. Topics include: air quality measurements, health effects and symptoms, proper use of respirators, and other safety measures.  
  • The Farmworker Programs of the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon invite you to a free training for service providers interested in learning more about the permanent heat stress and wildfire smoke rules recently issued
    • Heat stress rules
    • Heat rules in labor housing 
    • Wildfire smoke rules  
Link to Fact Sheets
Link to Training

Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer

The Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer is designed to identify the wildland urban interface and wildfire risk at the property ownership level. It shows a comprehensive view of wildfire risk within the State of Oregon, indicates local fire history, and offers additional resources. This site provides information regarding support for homeowners, communities, and professionals to identify and prioritize local wildfire prevention, mitigation efforts, and implement defensible space standards where applicable.

Learn more about what data was used to develop the map
Link to Map

Integrating Livestock in Organic Crops and Its Impacts on Food Safety and Soil Health

Virtual Field Day - July 20

Researchers from Maryland, Minnesota, and California present their findings on the impacts of cover-crop grazing on food safety and soil health for fresh spinach and cucumbers in organic systems. This webinar will provide attendees with an understanding of how grazing of cover crops in fresh vegetable production systems can be implemented in 3 different climates (humid coastal, humid continental, and semi-arid). This work has been completed through funds from a USDA -ARS grant* in collaboration with The Organic Center, University of California, University of Minnesota, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and USDA-ARS.

Speakers will showcase videos and images of cover crops, fencing and grazing, soil sampling, seeding, and harvesting vegetables in different climates, according to the release.

The speakers include:

  • Sejin Cheong, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Emily E. Evans, University of Minnesota’s College of Food:
  • Amélie Gaudin, UC Davis, Department of Plant Sciences;
  • Alda Pires, UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Sequoia Williams, UC Davis; and 
  • Amber Sciligo, facilitator at The Organic Center.
Register Now

USDA Announces Assistance for On-Farm Food Safety Expenses for Specialty Crop Growers

the USDA plans to provide up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023. USDA’s new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) program will help to offset costs for specialty crop producers to comply with regulatory requirements and market-driven food safety certification requirements, which is part of USDA’s broader effort to transform the food system to create a more level playing field for small and medium producers and a more balanced, equitable economy for everyone working in food and agriculture

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Farm Service Agency Now Accepting Nominations for Farmers and Ranchers to Serve on Local County Committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting nominations for county committee members. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for members. LAAs are elective areas for FSA committees in a single county or multi-county jurisdiction. This may include LAAs that are focused on an urban or suburban area.  
County committee members make important decisions about how Federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2022 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2022.  
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Oregon Maple Project 

Would you like to learn how to make maple syrup in the Pacific Northwest? The Oregon Maple Project offers internships for dedicated high school and college students interested in learning the art Bigleaf Maple sugaring and assisting with all aspects of our operations at Camp Colton. This is a unique opportunity for those who love the outdoors, hands-on work, local food, teaching, and community ventures. ​ We select volunteer interns to collaborate with us for a full year, learning about Bigleaf Maples throughout the seasons. Interns should be prepared to work for one full day per month, often on weekends, and will need to provide their own transportation to our location 45 minutes Southeast of Portland in Colton, Oregon. Responsibilities will include: tapping trees, chopping wood, setting up sap collection lines, maintaining the sugar shack, harvesting sap, firing the evaporator, cleaning equipment, maintaining trails, hosting visitors, designing outreach efforts, and developing curriculum. 
Want to apply? Send letter of interest to Eliza Nelson at Questions can be directed to Eliza, too
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The Anti-Racist Farmers Market Toolkit was developed by a group of Black food systems leaders and market managers like Shiny Flanary of Come Thru Market, to help offer ways for managers to put the concepts of anti-racism into practice and action within farmers markets.
The work is intended to improve market experiences for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and BIPOC communities; however, the authors’ lens explicitly centers Black people and Black communities.
Link to Toolkit

This new online course is for farmers and ranchers interested in adding an agricultural tourism business to their operation. Agritourism includes welcoming visitors onto a farm or ranch to sell products, engage with customers, offer various activities, enhance the visibility of local farms, and build connections in the community. 

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$225 (+$60 Registration Fee)

In this course, you will explore the possibility of CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) to create an extremely high-intensity production environment. Learn the importance of controlling water, light, temperature, substrate, nutrients, and the atmosphere for maximizing plant growth.

Farmers have embraced a high-tech future to supply a synthetic environment for optimal crop production. The controls involved are nuanced and interconnected and require significant knowledge and expertise to maintain optimal operation. We will be examining what about plant factories have caught the attention of so many and how these systems might play a significant and as-of-yet under appreciated role in the future or urban agricultural production.
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$495 (+$60 Registration Fee)

Being able to test soil can help you save money, conserve energy, optimize crop production and diagnose issues before they become a costly problem.

This online soil testing course has been uniquely created for:

  • Agriculture professionals
  • Crop advisors
  • Agronomists
  • Soil laboratory managers and staff
  • Farm managers
  • Consultants who are responsible for making decisions about soil testing
Register Now
Link to Recorded Videos
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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