General Beginning Farmer

Medicinal Herb Production in the Pacific Northwest Opportunities and Obstacles in a Growing Market – OSU

Medicinal herb crops are a diverse group consisting of both annual and perennial species. Some herbs are harvested for their flower or leaf tissue; others are harvested for root tissue or fruit. Within the herb production industry, there are opportunities to identify crops that may fit well in the cropping systems of the Pacific Northwest.…

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Land Access – Oregon Farm Link

Oregon Farm Link connects beginning farmers and ranchers with land holders, helping to grow Oregon’s next generation of family farmers. How does it work? Step 1: Browse listings. Anybody can browse the land seeker and available land listings. Step 2: Create a user profile and then create either a land holder or land seeker listing. Each user must create…

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Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC)

The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible to us. BFSC is focused on meeting these barriers with creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions. Built on a decade of work of founding members of the…

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Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network Beginner’s Guide to Local Meat Processing

This online resource, produced by the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, is a comprehensive guide to local meat processing for beginning farmers and ranchers. It includes fact sheets and rules sheets for processing, a crash course on small plant economics for livestock producers to consider in making processing decisions, and a short checklist for farmers…

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The Western Oregon and Washington Pasture Calendar

Produced by the Pacific Northwest Extension, this publication describes—by climatic zone—perennial pasture plant growth and how management actions can affect growth, both positively and negatively. Optimal management of forages by season is the basis for the Pasture Calendar.

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FAQ about using custom-exempt processing facilities

This article produced by Oregon State University Beef Cattle Sciences outlines and answers some of the most common questions asked about utilizing custom-exempt slaughter and processing facilities in Oregon. It specifically lays out recommendations for beef, pork, lamb, and goat.

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Beef and Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide

This resource from Iowa State Extension is a consumer-oriented guide that explains buying pork and beef as whole animals (or portions thereof). It includes marketing terms and information on storage and handling, meat inspection and meat weight, and common retail pork and beef cuts.

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Northwest-based Seed Companies

Siskiyou Seeds - Osborne Quality Seeds - Adaptive Seeds - Nicholas Garden Nursery -

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High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA) Agricultural Support Program

HDFFA improves the viability of farmers and ranchers through relationship building and marketing, technical, and capacity support.  We collaborate with regional organizations and agencies to offer workshops, networking events, grants and financial assistance. Our Get a Taste marketing campaign builds awareness of High Desert producers and products to the Central Oregon community. In 2024, funding for…

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Business Planning – Small Farm Business School Recordings

Back in winter of 2021 Small Farm School held an online Small Farm Business School which was a perfect opportunity for beginning farmers to learn more about three valuable topics - land leasing, farm taxes and writing a business plan. Follow the link to find the three recordings.

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