COME SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMER
BALANCING RESOURCES | SHARING KNOWLEDGE
REACHING BACK TO OUR HERITAGE....USING NEW INFORMATION
Ozark Farmers mission is to produce and market products produced by its members in the Ozarks. It accomplishes this by coordinating the marketing of member products, and providing members with ongoing education for the purpose of increasing production or accessing larger markets. The American Small Farm Conference is an integral part of continuing education and learning best farming practices.
Ozark Farmers Co-op was born with the emphasis of coordinating farmers and artisans to access markets for their product. We opened up our first retail store in spring of 2015, having previously focused on tomatoes to develop a large local market base. Our customers want their food healthy and locally grown, and they want to support local farmers.
BEYOND THE TOMATO TO MORE FRESH FOOD
Join us for a conference sharing instruction on how to contribute to your regional food supply using whatever land resources are available to you. Whether that's a backyard garden area or 100 acres, get the information you need to start producing local foods your way.
Learn low-input cost farming with hands-on instruction. Topics include low-tunnel farming for year-round production, no-till organic farming to improve soil and plant health, and livestock grading, butchering and cutting meat. Demonstrations will be provided for how to use small-farming equipment.
Ozark Farmers Agricultural Cooperative Restricted Scholarship
$500 award to one student per academic calendar year
Recipient must be from the seven-county service area (Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Douglas, Wright, Texas or Shannon County). Consideration will be given to a student pursuing studies in Agriculture. Applicants can be high-school seniors or currently enrolled MSU-WP students that attended the Bringing Back the American Small Farm annual conference. Award of $500 will be provided to one recipient who (1) shows proof of conference attendance (2) with signatures from a minimum of five conference speakers and (3) writes a one-page essay that shares the value they derived from attending the conference and how they plan to apply what they have learned. Traditional or non-traditional students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply.
Application Deadline April 3, 2017