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Small-business Happenings for February 5, 2014

Small-business Happenings for February 5, 2014

Spring Seed Swaps slated in Cove and Baker City

Folly Farm’s Seedy Saturdays are back with Spring Seed Swaps. The first seed swap will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at Folly Farm, 67364 Squire Loop, Cove. The next one will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Baker Botanicals, 3797 10th St., Baker City.

Participants are invited to bring surplus seeds — of the heirloom variety only. Bought or saved seeds are also welcome.

People of all ages and expertise levels are invited to participate. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

For more information, contact Folly Farm at 541-805-8563 or Baker Botanicals at 541-403-1969.

Women in Agriculture Conference unfolds March 15

Washington State University Extension will host the third annual Women in Agriculture Conference March 15 in multiple locations across Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

Last year nearly 500 women at 20 locations heard advice on how to improve farming skills, marketing, labor issues and work-life balance. The event is intended to be an inspirational time for information gathering and networking.

Washington locations include Bremerton, Chehalis, Colville, Coupeville, Goldendale, Lopez Island, Lynden, Mount Vernon, Nespelem, Olympia, Port Townsend, Prosser, Pullman, Puyallup, Republic, Rosburg, Snohomish, Spokane, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.

Idaho locations are Bonners Ferry and Idaho Falls, while Oregon locations include Aurora, Corvallis and Medford.

For more information, visit www.WomenInAg.wsu.edu or contact Donna Rolen at 509-745-8531 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Corvallis site of Small Farms Conference

CORVALLIS — Hundreds of farmers from throughout Oregon will gather in Corvallis next month to improve their skills and get inspired for the next growing season.

The 14th-annual Oregon Small Farms Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 22, at Oregon State University.

Michael Ableman, a nationally known farmer, author and photographer, will present the keynote address. For the first time, organizers are offering a special series of workshops in Spanish for Latino farmers. Also new is a workshop on profitability for small farms.

Registration is $65 per person from Feb. 3-14 and $100 per person on the day of the conference — if space is still available. Organizers will cap attendance at 800 people.

In the past, the popular conference has surpassed 800 attendees, said Garry Stephenson, the coordinator of OSU’s Small Farms Program, which organizes the event.

“I think there’s a huge social aspect to the conference — for a lot of people, this is the only time of year they get to see each other, so there’s a lot of interaction and networking,” Stephenson said. “We also bring in speakers who challenge people to think differently and offer a variety of workshops.”

This year, attendees can register for specific workshops. The conference features 24 workshops in three concurrent sessions, as well as a lunch prepared with locally produced food. Workshops include financing a farm, growing quinoa in the Northwest, selling produce to schools and hospitals, transitioning to organic agriculture and health insurance options for farmers.

The conference is geared toward farmers, agriculture professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets.

For more information or to register, go to: smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfc (don’t use the www. address prefix).

Conference offers professional setting for students to develop as leaders

LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University’s third annual Celebrate, Educate and Appreciate Diversity conference is taking place Saturday, Feb. 8.

Registrations are being accepted through Monday, Feb. 3. Attendance is free for university students and staff, and $25 for community members. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Participants may also receive a certificate reflecting five hours of diversity training. 

Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up at 2:30 p.m. with all workshops and presentations held in Badgley Hall on campus.

Structured much like a professional conference, CEAD is intended to help students gain skills that will enable them to develop as leaders and make connections with their peers. Networking opportunities between organizational leaders is also a focus, and all activities aim to increase competence in working with diverse individuals and groups.

“C.E.A.D. allows students to broaden their horizons and learn something new about diversity and others,” said EOU sophomore Julie Gulliford.

Gulliford will be presenting a workshop titled “Inclusion at its Greatest” focusing on how to include others regardless of personality, appearance or other characteristics individuals may have.

As a previous conference attendee, Gulliford added that completing diversity training helps students who are building their resumes.

“You learn a lot and you can have fun while doing so,” she said.

Donald Easton-Brooks, EOU’s new dean of business and education, is the featured speaker. With over 10 years of experience in higher education administration, Easton-Brooks has also taught courses in cultural relevancy in education, educational polices and early childhood special education. His research and publications explore the impact of economics, academic achievement and educational policy on African American students.

Register online at www.eou.orgsync.com/org/multiculturalcenter/cead. For more information contact Bennie Moses, director of EOU’s Multicultural Student Center, at 541-962-3741. doluptatur, ut inis.

— From staff reports

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