Cost of Production Workshop
February 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Noon-1:30pm, optional discussion (bring your lunch!)
Location: Deschutes County Extension Office, 3800 SW Airport Way, Bldg 4, Redmond
Learn what seasonal data tracking you will need to do in order to determine the costs of growing your crops and the nuts and bolts of getting the in-season record keeping done. Learning these skills will help you make decisions that can improve the overall profit of your farm. You’ll also participate in a crop costing exercise to start to gain experience with putting cost information to use.
This program is designed to help diversified veggie farmers determine their own crop-specific production costs. During this program you will learn to:
- Determine how much individual crops contribute to the profitability of your business.
- Identify strategies for increasing an individual crop’s contribution to overall profit.
- Eventually, once you’ve determined your cost of production for each crop that you grow you’ll be able to identify changes to crop mix that will improve overall profitability
Get Peer Support and Stay on Track: On-farm Cohort Meetings
As part of this program, you will be part of a cohort and will meet monthly for 4 months for on-farm cost study meetings, to share data tracking strategies (participants will be required to attend 3 of 4 cohort monthly workshops).
Presenter: Tanya Murray
Tanya Murray is an Organic Education Specialist at Oregon Tilth. She has over 10 years of experience working on and managing organic vegetable farms. From 2003 thru 2012 she was part of the management team at Sauvie Island Organics, a Portland area CSA and direct market farm. Her current work is focused on developing and delivering programming that supports farm viability. Tanya has an MBA from Portland State University and bachelor’s degree in Education for Sustainable Agriculture from Prescott College
The 2019 Cost Study Cohort Program in Central Oregon is led by Tanya Murray from Oregon Tilth in partnership with Oregon State University’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, and hosted by the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance and OSU Extension Service.
Funding for this workshop is provided by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Specialty Crop Block Grant.