Farm Viability

Building and sustaining

STRONG FARM BUSINESSES

Why Farm Viability?

Oregon Tilth understands that to build a better food system, we need farms that are biologically sound, socially equitable AND economically viable. There is much work to do on this front. Our education efforts focus on empowering farmers with the business acumen to run more viable businesses while remaining firmly rooted in triple bottomline business principles. We also work to build a support network for farmers by creating opportunities for agricultural service providers to develop their skills as farm viability professionals.

Programming and Partnerships

We work in partnership with Oregon State University’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems (CFSFCS) to develop and deliver innovative tools and trainings that support farmers with making more informed business decision. Together we developed Know Your Cost To Grow, an online program designed to support multi-crop vegetable farmers with determining their crop-specific costs of production and a framework for using cost of production to increase farm profitability. In 2021, we collaborated with the Oahu Resource and Development Council’s Hawaii Women Farmers Network to offer a special hybrid version of KYCTG.

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Through partnerships with the East Multnomah Soil and Water District’s Headwaters Farm Incubator Program and the Oregon Food Bank’s Pathways to Farming Program we provide farm-center business technical assistance to incubator program farmers. We focus on cultivating data-driven business management practices that enable informed business decision-making.


We were honored to co-host the 
5th National Farm Viability Conference, a bi-annual event focused on strengthening farm sustainability, building stronger and more resilient local food systems and supporting the long-term profitability of farming and agri-entrepreneurs from start-ups to generational businesses. The conference brings together professionals in farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, farmland conservation, agricultural market development, and food hub management for peer-to-peer learning and networking. The 2021 conference was a month-long, fully virtual event featuring 75 workshop sessions. Over 400 farm viability professionals from 42 states participated in the 2021 event.

Education / Request

Get technical support and expertise

Interested in having Oregon Tilth provide a training, workshop or webinar? Want a staff member to attend and present at an upcoming event?
Send us an email at edteam@tilth.org.

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