My family and I are looking to purchased 24 acres of bare land to turn into a cattle farm. Our goal is to be self sufficient and make a little money to help pay for the farm. Gardening, fruit trees, eggs, goats and beef. I am looking for resources and serveices to help with purchasing animals, farm fencing and farm buildings. We realize we have a lot to learn, I just need a starting point. Can you help? Thank You Melaney
The first suggestion I have is to get yourself (and farm) networked! We have many programs through OSU Extension Service that will help you as you and your family work to develop your small farm. If you haven't been there already, take some time to review the OSU Extension Small Farms website, where you will find valuable production information on all the topics you mentioned. http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/
In the Southern Willamette Valley, we offer a monthly e-newsletter which includes educational opportunities that will be happening in our region. To get signed up for that go to: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/intro
Click on "subscribe here" on the right side of the screen.
You may also have interest in the Willamette Women's Farm Network. This is a group of women farmers in our region that share information, socialize and support each other. You can contact me directly if you'd like to join that listserv.
Another great starting point is reading through our publication called What Can I Do with My Small Farm?