the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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greenhorns & grayhorns

The recently published book, Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmer Movement, includes nine “dispatches” from Oregon farmers and ranchers. These authors represent the growing youth movement in Oregon agriculture. The keynote session features four of the Oregon authors and greenhorn farmers representing different regions of the state: Sarahlee Lawrence, Rainshadow Organics, Terrebonne; Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm, Portland; Cory Carman, Carman Ranch, Wallowa; Teresa Retzlaff, 46 North Farm, Olney. However, greenhorns would not be anywhere without grayhorns.” Moderating the panel is well-known organic seed grower and inveterate grayhorn, Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed, Philomath

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rogue farm corps

this training program is still accepting applications for the coming season. 


Think you want to be a farmer?
Join Rogue Farm Corps in Training the Next Generation of Farmers. 
Applications are still open for our 2014 programs.

FarmsNext is a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. Through an innovative and cooperative model, FarmsNext combines up to 1500 hours of field training with a mentor farmer, 75 hours of classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, 15 tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon’s scenic Rogue and South Willamette Valleys.

For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications, visit our website:

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farmer training program – oregon

ImageFarmsNOW is an advanced program for aspiring farmers with a minimum of two years prior experience. FarmsNOW is designed for those seeking mastery in the art and business of farming. This two-year program will dig deep into planning, designing and running integrated farming systems. Intern candidates must have 2-3 years of prior vegetable production experience, a deep commitment to learning, a willingness to commit two years to the program, and strong farm references.  Spanish language skills are highly recommended.  A personal visit and interview with Blue Fox Farm is required. Continue reading

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pacific NW+alaska USDA grain prices

canola2USDA Announces Harvest Prices for 2013 Crop Year Small Grains and Canola Revenue Products

SPOKANE, Wash., September 5, 2013 — USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced approved harvest prices for the 2013 crop year for revenue protection insurance plans within the Common Crop Insurance Policy for wheat, barley, fall canola, and rapeseed in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Barley (Alaska) Spring TBD approx. 10/1/13
Barley Winter $4.31/bu.
Barley Spring $4.31/bu.
Canola Fall $0.220/lb.
Canola Spring TBD approx. 10/1/13
Rapeseed Fall $0.303/lb. (set equal to Projected Price)
Rapeseed Spring (set equal to Projected Price)
Wheat Winter $7.26/bu.
Wheat             Spring $7.26/bu.
Wheat (Alaska) Spring $7.33/bu.

Harvest prices for spring canola and Alaska barley will be announced in early October. Harvest prices for corn and soybeans will be announced in the next couple of months.

For producers who bought a 2013 crop year Revenue Protection or Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Exclusion policy, the harvest price is used to determine the calculated revenue. The harvest price is multiplied by the appraised and/or harvested production to determine the calculated revenue. The calculated revenue is subtracted from the final revenue guarantee to determine possible indemnities (insurance losses).

Producers should contact their insurance agent to learn more program details related to these price announcements.

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upcoming workhorse workshops, oregon

Learn the craft of draft power at Ruby & Amber’s Farm in Dorena, Oregon

Farming and Driving Draft Horse Workshop
September 7-8, 2013

Single Horse Driving and Farming Workshop
Setember 21-22, 2013

Doc Hammill’s 3 day
Farming and Driving Draft Horse Workshop
October 18-20 2013

Plowing with Draft Horses
October 26-27 2013

Beginning Draft Horse Workshop
November 16-17, 2013

Tillage Tools Workshop
December 14-15, 2013

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skill share workshops in oregon


A group of farmers and food advocacy groups have come together to plan a free summer workshop series for farm interns in the Southern Willamette Valley. Come learn from experienced, knowledgeable farmers and connect with other farm interns in the area.  This is a unique opportunity to tour different farms and learn from other farmers about how they do things. Workshops include instruction in IPM, biodynamic farming, seed saving… attend ‘em all!

Here are the workshops!

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granges reviving

New Blood Sparks Identity Crisis for Fraternal Group of Farmers
–Jeff Brady, NPR, June 14, 2013.

gift_for_the_grangers_ppmsca02956u-edited-Lots of passionate people are taking up farming these days, motivated by frustration with industrial farming, concerns about the environment, and a desire to build community and local food markets. Some of these new farmers have joined the Grange, a long-established fraternal organization for farmers with roots in social activism.

In Oregon, Granges dominated by this new generation have banded together in a coalition dubbed “Green Granges,” which work together to advance the issues they care about.

You would think that would be good news for the Grange, a group whose membership peaked in the 1870s at 2 million and has been struggling to draw new blood in recent years. But these “Green Grangers” are creating an identity crisis for the organization, which has long been made up of older, more conservative farmers.

Continue reading here. 

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oregon butcher shop project!

Another worthwhile kickstarter campaign: Meat @ Grain Station Marketplace

Picture 1We enthusiastically invite you to join in McMinnville’s growing craft food scene. Our community needs a source for local, pastured meats sold fresh year round. Kyle Chriestenson and Amanda Perron plan to give you just that at MEAT. Our butcher counter will proudly feature pastured animals from some of the areas great small farms and ranches, processed with a passion for quality and flavor. This is the first step in a larger vision, that includes retail, wholesale, deli, and catering. We look forward to growing with the help of our friends and family. Join us in launching this project off to a great start, it will take all of us to make this dream a reality.  Click HERE

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farm manager position

Meriwether’s Skyline Farm Manager Position, Portland, OR


About the Farm:
Meriwether’s Skyline Farm is owned by Meriwether’s Restaurant in Portland, OR, and provides the majority of its produce.  The farm is located at ~850 feet elevation on the 20-acre home site of the restaurant owners, located in the West hills near Cornelius Pass. Produce is delivered twice a week, year round to the restaurant in NW Portland, 11 miles from the farm.  The farm uses just under 2 acres within a 4 –acre fenced area to grow a very wide diversity of vegetables, grains, fruits, herbs, and flowers.  The farm started in 2008 and grows using organic principles and methods. For the past five years the farm has run with a part time crew of 2-4 depending on the season. Continue reading

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oregon young/elder farmers!

sevbluestarsGrayhorns/Greenhorns Mixer
Sponsored by the OSU Small Farms Program

Join us for this epic event after the Small Farms Conference featuring local food, music, and beverages! Network with farmers, new and experienced, from all over the state and beyond.

When: March 2, 2013
Location: Mary’s River Grange
Time: 6pm – Midnight
Food: by Gathering Together Farm – will be served at 6:30 (GTF sausage, sauerkraut, salad, veggie sloppy joes)
Music: Psych Country Review opening for Sassparilla – starts at 8pm
Beverages: 2 Towns Ciderhouse will be selling their cider (not included in the ticket price, buy separately)
Cost: $25 per person

Only 150 spaces available, so register early!

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hot saucer maker seeks farmers

Here’s a note for any interested greenhorns:


Hot Winter is an organic hot sauce that began as a food preservation project when I was in intern at Mountain Home Farm, in Orleans, CA.  Now we have shelf space at New Seasons Markets in Portland, OR, and are looking for farmers interested in growing chilis to help us expand.  Peppers must be grown using organic methods, but certification is not necessary.  Small scale farms with a diversity of crops are preferred. I am based in Portland, but can pick up orders throughout OR and CA.  I am looking for a total of about 2300 lbs of pepper, hopefully spread amongst 2-3 farms. Ideally one farm would come from somewhere in southern CA that would be able to provide an early season harvest.  Mid-late season preference is given to farms in southern OR.  l would like the following varieties (rough quantity estimates are in lbs): Santa Fe Grande (500), Poblano (900), Ho Chi Minh, yellow (400), Bulgarian Carrot (150) and Hungarian Hot Wax (350).   Seeds sown should be open-pollinated and organic.  Price paid for peppers is $3/pound. Please find us on Facebook: /hotwinterhotsuace, or at  Email:

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farms next with rogue farm corps


Farms Next is a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. Through an innovative and cooperative model, Farms Next combines up to 1500 hours of field training with a mentor farmer, 75 hours of classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, 15 tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon’s scenic Rogue Valley. Continue reading

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blue fox farm seeking assistant grower

Blue Fox Farm, based in Applegate, Oregon, is currently looking for an Assistant Grower to join our team.20120807_082158

We’re looking for someone with 2-3 years of prior vegetable production experience that is looking to understand the fine details of running a 17 acre vegetable farm.  Ideally this would be a 2 year minimum position with the possibility of becoming a long term position.

We have been farming in the Applegate Valley for the past 10 years, fine tuning our growing schedules and our marketing, and now we have reached a point where we need to share this knowledge with someone willing to take on part of the workload with us. We attend two farmers markets a week, sell our produce to several area restaurants and food co-ops, as well as wholesaling our produce to a regional organic distributor. We employee between 3 to 8 people  depending on the time of the year. More and more of our field work (transplanting,weeding,harvesting) is accomplished with tractor based implements each year. This aligns with our mantra, “work smarter, not harder”. We like to make our production systems as efficient as possible to protect our most valuable asset: our farmers/employees. Continue reading

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project director at the portland area csa coalition

Download the full job description HERE. romanesco medium(1)

Job summary: This position will manage a two-year, $65,000 USDA Specialty Crop Block grant, aimed at increasing new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships and retaining existing ones, in the Portland metro area. The project director will be expected to work independently in managing all aspects of the grant, including arranging for travel to outreach events in the metro region, identifying and working with subcontractors (marketing specialists, web designer/programmers, and graphic designers), and collecting and reporting CSA statistics for the duration of the grant. The project director will also develop and distribute marketing and outreach materials, solicit and give presentations to interested groups, and interact with Portland Area CSA Coalition (PACSAC) farmer members. Finally, the Project Director will be responsible for meeting reporting requirements (biannual and final) to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, as well as regularly updating the PACSAC Advisory Council and farmer-members of the progress of the grant project. The Project Director will be encouraged to seek additional funds to extend the scope and/or duration of their work.


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