OSU class explores ins and outs of small farming

If you are thinking about starting a farm business, Oregon State University has a three-part course designed to help you.

“Exploring the Small Farm Dream 2019” will be presented at Linn County Extension Office, 33630 McFarland Rd, Tangent.

“Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you,” the course website says.  “In this course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps. ”

The class will be conducted on the following dates: Tuesday Jan. 29, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; and Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

“If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity. ”

The cost of the class is $60 per person, or $75 for two farm partners.  Scholarships may be available, please contact Teagan Moran at Teagan.moran@oregonstate.edu or 541-766-3553.