Rogue Farm Corps

RFC logo 5 13 11Stuart O’Neill, Executive Director

PO Box 533, Ashland, OR   97520

541.951.5105

[email protected]

www.roguefarmcorps.org

Mission:

Rogue Farm Corps trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs. We work to support our local agricultural economy and serve as a model for other communities.

Programs:DancingRootsInternwithFlowers

Rogue Farm Corps’ educational programs combine hands-on training, classroom learning and farm-based experience on a diverse network of commercial family farms across Oregon.

Our FarmsNext internship program is a season-long entry-level training program designed for beginning farmers and ranchers seeking a starting point in sustainable agriculture.

Our FarmsNOW apprenticeship program is an advanced-level training program designed for beginning farmers and ranchers seeking managerial experience and business development support. Both programs provide real-world hands-on training with some of the best farm mentors in Oregon focused on agro-ecology and sustainable farming methods.

Weed Management.JPGRogue Farm Corps Farmland Preservation program seeks to address the issue of access to land for beginning farmers by building a broad range of agricultural interests and stakeholders to work on farmland succession and to preserve the agricultural land base for future Oregon farmers and ranchers.

Coalitions:

Rogue Farm Corps coordinates a statewide coalition working to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers. This coalition includes Oregon State University Small Farms Program, Friends of Family Farmers, Adelante Mujeres, and Headwaters Incubator Program. Coalition partners are working to address all stages of beginning farmer development and ensure success for the next generation. To accomplish this, the coalition is identifying and addressing all existing services for beginning farmers and ranchers in Oregon, geographic and service overlaps, gaps in service areas and services that could be addressed, and exploring ways to fill these gaps.

Kaitlin seeds.jpgRogue Farm Corps also coordinates a Portland Metro Area network of farmer development programs to ensure collaboration, support and build synergy, and broaden the reach of all organizations working to increase the number of successful sustainable farmers.

Rogue Farm Corps is engaged in national coalition led by the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project to increase the effectiveness and outcomes of beginning farmer and rancher training programs and work to create a systematic approach to developing the next generation.

Rogue Farm Corps is a founding member of the Rogue Valley Food System Network (RVFSN). RVFSN establishes a collaborative community of leadership to develop and advocate for a healthy and sustainable food system in Josephine and Jackson Counties.