I’ve been attending the OSU Small Farms Conference this weekend. What an inspiration! Over 500 people attended the conference. The short of it is: I love farmers! And what I have realized is I really need these winter gatherings to get excited for the upcoming farming season! I was inspired yesterday morning by a great keynote from Michael Rozyne of Red Tomato and then attended a great session on farmscaping for beneficials with lots of great Oregon farmers sharing their accomplishments on farms. I facilitated a session in the afternoon on Alternative Poultry Feeds, which Josh spoke at as a panelist. What a great session! More than 100 people attended and interesting issues and ideas were brought up from so many intelligent farmers.
We are about to go offline and retreat into the woods with 90 organic vegetable farmers at Breitenbush Hot Springs. This will be our first year attending. I’m really looking forward to the event. I’m sure I will leave eager to get back to the farm and commit ourselves to another full-on season of this ever challenging and interesting career choice of organic farming!