Rogue Farm Corps Recruits Aspiring Farmers for their Hands-on Education and Mentoring Programs

Farming is a tough business, and beginning farmers need hands-on experience and mentoring before they can successfully take on a commercial operation. Finding that experience and mentoring can be a significant challenge, and it’s at the heart of why Rogue Farm Corps (RFC) was created. The Oregon-based nonprofit was founded in 2003 by first generation organic farmers in their twenties and thirties who themselves had been mentored and considered it... Read More

Farmers Rising in Oregon!

Morning dew evaporates off the grass as more than one hundred beginning farmers and ranchers sit on straw bales outside a barn in Springfield.  They are listening intently as farmers Sarah Kleeger and Andrew Still describe their experience founding and growing Adaptive Seeds LLC, a Sweet Home based producer of open pollinated, organic seed. Read More  Read More

Introducing Courtney Leeds of Schoolyard Farms in Milwaukie, OR

We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders. Teaching the kids how to fish-in transplants I’m Courtney Leeds, cofounder & director of Schoolyard Farms, a one acre urban farm in the schoolyard of Candy Lane Elementary in Milwaukie, OR. Read More  Read More

After Flood of Letters, FDA Takes a Step Back

Portland-area farmers sitting down last October to write letters to the FDA about proposed new food safety regulations. The FDA responded last month to the tens of thousands of comments that poured in last year by taking a step back in publishing its proposed food safety rules. Read More  Read More

Apply now for the Oregon-based Advanced Farmer Training Program

OK, so you’ve been working on farms for a couple of years – now what? That’s the dilemma a lot of beginning farmers face, and it’s one that the folks at Rogue Farm Corps (RFC) are working to address.  Read More  Read More

URBAN FARMING TO THE BIG SCREEN, GROWING CITIES PREMIERS AT THE PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

Our friends Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette of Growing Cities are premiering their film, three years in the making, at the Portland Film Festival this Sunday, September 1st (8pm) at The Fields Park, NW 10th and Overton. We first covered their process filming the urban agriculture revolution last April on the blog, and have excitedly anticipated this release ever since. The film follows the two young filmmakers as they travel cross-country visiting... Read More

Introducing Goat Song Farm of Sheridan, OR

Goat Song Farm is an integrated livestock farm that sits on only slightly more than 1 acre of land, but the centerpiece to everything is the dairy. I run a raw milk herdshare program with both dairy cows and dairy goats, and while I have been doing this with the goats for 3 years, this will be my first full year with cows. My herd numbers this year are currently nine goats that will be milking, and at the moment I have one Jersey cow, one Jersey/Guernsey... Read More

Rogue Farm Corps: Accepting Applications for 2013 Season

Rogue Farm Corps: Training the Next Generation of Farmers Farms Next is a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. Through an innovative and cooperative model, Farms Next combines up to 1500 hours of field training with a mentor farmer, 75 hours of classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, 15 tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based... Read More

Farm On!, NYFC’s Latest Affiliate, Debuts in Oregon

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of activity in Oregon as the Friends of Family Farmers (FoFF), a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting socially responsible farming in Oregon, began FarmOn!, a project for beginning farmers.  FarmOn!, an affiliate of NYFC, works to build links within the young and beginning farmer community by creating face-to-face connections to promote learning, friendship, and inspiration between farmers. ... Read More

Oregon’s Rogue Farm Corps Now Accepting 2012 Participants

Rogue Farm Corps Farms Next internship program provides beginning farmers and ranchers entry-level training in sustainable agriculture. Through an innovative cooperative education program, Farms Next combines hands-on training, classroom learning and farm-based education on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley.  Participants in the Farms Next internship program live and work full time on a host farm for... Read More