Informational Classes at Concentrates

Often, we are too slow to recognize how much and in what ways we can assist each other through sharing such expertise and knowledge.”

Owen Arthur

One of the best parts of doing what we do is being able to be a part of a vibrant community of farmers (and gardeners too!) here in the greater Portland area. We are privileged to work with people who have expertise in a wide range of areas, giving us access to a wealth of agricultural knowledge. We want to share some of that knowledge with our community. Our class series is free and will feature a different topic each week with speakers who are experts in their field. Our goal is simple: to start useful conversations and to actively engage with both new and seasoned members of our community. Come join us for coffee, bagels, and informative conversation!

Below you will find brief descriptions of our upcoming classes. Classes will be held in the Showroom conference area on Saturday mornings at 10 am. Each class will run for approximately an hour, with time for Q & A included in that estimated duration. There is no charge for attendance, but we do ask that you RSVP if you are planning to attend. You can get your name on the list for a class by sending an email to our Showroom Manager or by calling the Showroom at 503-234-7501 ext 6. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Saturday January 24th 10 AM: Chickens 101 with Heather Havens, General Manager at Concentrates

If you’re new to keeping chickens or you’re an experienced chicken keeper looking for some expert advice, this is the class for you! Come learn about keeping chickens in your backyard. Learn the “do’s & don’ts” of chicken keeping. Learn how to feed and house a small flock of hens, and how to keep them healthy.

Speaker: Heather Havens, BS Ag, Animal Science, General Manager of Concentrates, and backyard chicken keeper for 18 years.

Rescheduled! Saturday March 2nd 10 AM: USDA Risk Management Programs for Small Farms with John Wagner, Urban County Program Technician with the USDA

Come in for a conversation with John about the potential benefit of stacking USDA programs for maximum effect. Most producers only participate in 1-2 programs, he has been researching what the on-farm effects are of participating in 6-9 programs. John will present a scenario analysis showing what a producer can possibly expect during a disaster, showing what programs kick in and how much they pay out given the effects of the disaster. Most of the programs covered are low or no cost for small producers. Come with all of your questions about what programs could benefit your farm!