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From our Farmers: Where do all the veggies go?

Brindley and Spencer of Tanager Farm selling their CSA shares at a neighborhood market

This is a farmer-contributed post in our “From our farmers” series, written by Brindley Beckwith and Spencer Suffling of Tanager Farm, both enrolled in our Farm Incubator Program. In this piece, Brindley and Spencer explore options for produce outlets and find a good option in a community venue!

As we were gearing up for our first season with our very own farm and purchasing all the seeds we wanted to grow, we stopped many times and said out loud, “but where will all the veggies go?!” This was both fun and frightening to think about. When you begin the journey of starting your own market farm, you have to think about the various outlets for selling vegetables. Did we want to be a CSA Farm (Community Supported Agriculture)? Or sell to local restaurants? Maybe do wholesale or farmers markets? There are many options, and all are very unique. We knew it was important to understand what the need was, but we also wanted to consider what we would enjoy. So why not try them all?

This is not always the best approach, but we felt that with the support of the Headwaters Incubator Program we were able to start slow (and with limited start-up costs) while getting a feel for the diversity of the Portland Area markets. We learned along the way about where the need was and what we loved to do! Read more

Unlocking the secrets to soil health

Attention, farmers! Learn how to get the most out of your soil at an upcoming free workshop in Aurora, “Unlocking the Secrets to Soil Health Success in Organic Systems.” The workshop takes place on January 17th; see the flier for additional details.

RSVP for this free workshop: email Ben at ben@tilth.org or call (503) 580-4767.

Join us at the Leasing and Purchasing Farmland workshop on November 2nd!

Join us at Zenger Farm for a free workshop on purchasing and leasing agricultural land on November 2nd! Whether you are a farmer wondering how to get on land or a landowner looking to lease, this workshop has the information for you! This panel discussion and workshop is put on by partners Rogue Farm Corps, OSU Metro Extension Small Farms, EMSWCD, Friends of Family Farmers, and Zenger Farm. The focus of the workshop will be on the Portland Metro region and surrounding area.

Where: Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland 97266 (map link)
When: Wednesday November 2nd, 4:30 – 7 PM, with potluck social to follow

Please join us! There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions, plus a potluck social afterward! RSVP is appreciated but not required. Please email Nellie McAdams at nellie@roguefarmcorps.org to RSVP or with any questions. Read more

Now accepting applications for the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program!

montage of photos from Headwaters Farm - lower two right picture courtesy of Chelsea Rutherford

We are now accepting applications for the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program 2017 growing season! The Farm Incubator Program, now entering its fifth year, involves leasing out sections of our land at Headwaters Farm to motivated, experienced individuals looking to start their own farm business.

Visit the Incubator Application section of our website for information about the program and instructions on how to apply! You can also contact Rowan Steele, our Headwaters Farm Program Manager, at rowan@emswcd.org or (503) 935-5355. All application materials are due by Monday, October 31st, 2016.

EMSWCD is hiring! Headwaters Farm Operations Assistant

We are seeking a part-time, seasonal Farm Operations Assistant to engage in a wide range of activities related to running and maintaining Headwaters Farm. The Headwaters Farm Operations Assistant will help support Headwaters Farm staff during the growing season while practicing sound stewardship, maintaining equipment, and operating tractors and other machinery, among other general farm tasks.

The application period for this position has closed. Thank you for your interest! Application materials should have been sent by no later than Friday, June 10th, 2016.

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