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Farm management workshop series offered

The Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program will offer a Growing Farms workshop series at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora.

The workshop series introduces farming principles and practices to beginning specialty crop and livestock farmers. Growing Farms is geared to farmers in their first five years, who want to understand the opportunities and risks of farming. Topics include strategic planning, farming operations, marketing, production systems, farm finances and managing liability.

The course will consist of online, classroom and field instruction. Participants receive information necessary to design a whole farm plan, and meet other new farmers, experienced farmers and agricultural advisors.

The Growing Farms workshop series will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on three Wednesdays: Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and March 4. A full day of class and farm tours will be held Feb. 21. The in-person classes will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center located at 15210 N.E. Miley Road in Aurora.

Cost of the course is $295 per person. Two or more people operating the same farm receive $75 off each person's registration. Scholarships may be available for Clackamas and Multnomah county residents. Enrollment is currently open for Growing Farms, and people can register on or before the first day. Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop series.

Learn more online at smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/GrowingFarms2015 or by contacting Heidi Noordijk at 971-801-0392.

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