November InFARMation:Training the Next Generation of Oregon Farmers
Nov 12, 2013 05:30 PM
Dec 12, 2013 08:30 PM
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Join us at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison St.) in Portland for our November InFARMation (and Beer!) as we highlight some fantastic work being done to provide training opportunities and tools for Oregon’s next generation of family farmers. Doors open at 5:30, presentation begins at 6:30. Read more about Next Generation issues from FoFF’s Agricultural Reclamation Act and learn about FoFF’s land-link program iFarm.
Coming to us from all the way down south, we are grateful to be joined by Stu O’neill, Executive Director, of Rogue Farm Corps (RFC). RFC trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs. Their FarmsNext curriculum consists of field-based training and on-farm work experience, practical skills classes, farm tours, discussion circles & potlucks and independent study. RFC Students have the option of enrolling in Rogue Community College’s Professional Skills Training Course to receive college credits for the FarmsNext program. These credits can be applied towards an Associates Degree or a Certificate Program at Rogue Community College.
Rowan Steele is the Farm Incubator Manager at the Headwaters Farm, a 60-acre property located in Orient that is owned and managed by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). EMSWCD seeks to use Headwaters Incubation Program (HIP) as a launching pad for farm businesses by providing the resources necessary to help farmers overcome institutional, cultural and financial barriers. And, in doing so, help keep good farmland in production while adding to the diversity of the local ‘farmscape.’ HIP is now accepting applications for the 2014 season. Rowan also assists his wife, Katie Coppoletta, in their Corbett based operation, Fiddlehead Farm.
We will also be joined by Rick Reddaway of Abundant Fields Farm, one of the current operations of HIP. Rick Reddaway started Abundant Fields Farm in 2012, and in 2013 enrolled in the Headwater Incubator Program to help guide him toward success as a new farm entrepreneur.
Last but not least, we will hear about the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship Program (BUFA) from Dan Bravin, an urban farmer, Multnomah County’s Office of Sustainability Food Program Coordinator and BUFA’s lead instructor. The primary focus of BUFA’s 7 month program is intensive vegetable production in urban and community settings with an added component of developing connections and relationships with the various facets of Portland’s local food system. BUFA offers several options for participation and is currently accepting applications until December 2, 2013.