On Saturday, Feb. 28, OSU will host the 15th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference, offered by the OSU Extension service. Last year this event drew 800 people.
The conference is provided to anyone who is involved with the agricultural profession, including students, restaurant owners, farmers, and food policy advocates. This year’s presenters include farmers, OSU faculty, and representatives of agribusiness and government agencies.
Featured guest Jean-Martin Fortier is an extremely successful organic farmer and, according to organizers, a “passionate advocate for strengthening local food systems.” His full-day session is titled “Six Figure Farming for Small Plots.”
The conference will also feature 24 workshops, including three in Spanish, on topics including healthier animals, diversification of orchards and markets, marketing farmers’ markets, and impacts of organic certification. The cost for the event, which includes lunch, is $100 at the door. It will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LaSelles Stewart Center.