2019 Growing Farms – Successful Whole Farm Management Course Series

Serious about farming? Come and learn how to navigate the biological, financial, and human aspects of small-scale farming.

2019 Hybrid Course

Growing Farms hybrid course is designed for beginning specialty crop & livestock farmers in their first five years of business. 

Students will develop a whole farm plan. Resource binder is included. Course consists of six-online modules, three classroom sessions and a field trip.

2019 Hybrid Class Dates & Location

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 pm

Jan. 22, Feb 5, Feb 19 (all day tour), March 5

Marion-Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm  |  Winema Place NE, Salem, OR

Cost & Registration Details

$200 per person

Farm partner discount available

Includes discounted registration for OSU Small Farms Conference (Feb 23)

Additional scholarships may be available  |  Contact Victoria Binning at 503-373-3774 or victoria.binning@oregonstate.edu.

See Flyer for more details.

2019 Growing Farms Flyer

FREE Native Woody Plant Propagation Workshop January 15

Join Marion County Master Gardeners’ Association for a Native Woody Plant Propagation Workshop at the Willamette Heritage Center (Mission Mill) on January 15, 2019. The workshop will be held in the Dye House, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Register online  at https://marioncomga.org/event-registration

Sponsored by Marion County Master Gardeners and Oregon State University Extension Services


Speakers include Amy Bartow and Annie Young-Mathews. The workshop will cover:

  • Choosing the best propagation techniques for native trees and shrubs (cuttings, bare-root, seed, and containers)
  • Identifying Winter Twigs with a demonstration and hands-on activity to identify 12 common native species
  • Propagating from Cuttings – collection, and planting techniques
  • Propagating from Seed – collection, overcoming dormancy, and planting techniques
  • Selecting plants including common native Willamette Valley riparian and upland trees and shrubs


2nd Annual Miller Woods 10k Trail Race Raises Over $4000

The 2nd Annual Miller Woods 10k Trail Race was held on October 18. This year’s race had ideal weather and blue skies. The race was co-organized by local charity, the Give A Little Foundation. The event generated $4262 which was split evenly between Miller Woods and the Foundation. In addition to the race, Neyssa Hays from Outdoor Education Adventures, hosted an outdoor science camp for kids 5-12 years of age.

A total of 100 racers signed up for the event, with 88 racers finishing the challenging 6.2 mile course with just under 1,000 feet of elevation gain. T-shirts were designed and purchased by Solid Form Fabrication of McMinnville. Community Plate donated and delivered a variety of fresh pastries. Additional sponsors included A-1 Logging, Atticus Hotel, Coastal Mountain Springs, Ooh La Latte and Oregon Oncology Specialists.

Brian Bernier (photo) finished first again in the men’s division and Stephanie Crawford (photo) completed the race first in the woman’s division.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came together to make this such a successful race!