Research and Education
Who we are
Microfarm Sustainable Research &
Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed to
maintain a way of life, the family-owned and
family-operated, small farm.
What does Microfarm
We help save farmland and, with it,
our local food
and our local
by helping small acreage farmers and their
families gain the knowledge, skills, and resources that they
need to achieve a sustainable, environmental, and profitable
Saving farmland means more than just putting
farmland into a trust or outside urban growth boundaries. It
means having someone on the farm who can use that farmland
environmentally, productively, and profitably. It means
having an environmentally-sound greenspace that contributes
food resources and economic stability to the local
Our mission is to aid rural residents living
on small acreages to achieve economic independence by
finding farming alternatives that will bring in sufficient
income to keep rural residents and families on their land
and to keep that land productive.
What Do Small Farms Mean To
Varied farm structure gives us a diversity of farm sizes,
ownership, crops, and rural landscapes.
Environment - A
well-managed farm promotes stewardship of our natural
resources, soil, water, and wildlife.
Food System -
Locally grown food is not only fresher, better tasting and
more nutritious, but it reduces the economic and
environmental costs associated with long distance
Responsibility - Small farms produce
more economic opportunities for rural communities. They
offer individuals self-employment and business management
opportunities. They provide a greater sense of personal
responsibility and pride of accomplishment. Small acreage
farmers are more likely to be involved in local church,
school, and community activities.
Families - The most important crop
ever raised on a farm is the next generation. These farms
provide a nurturing place for children to learn the values
of responsibility and hard work.
Personal Connection to
Food - The small acreage farmer
engaged in direct marketing is connecting the American
farmer with the remaining 98% of this nation's
Economic - Four
out of five jobs in Oregon are either directly or indirectly
involved in agriculture, which is still one of the top
revenue producers in the state. Three-quarters of this
state's farms are less than 180 acres. These farms support
businesses throughout the state through their
Some photographs courtesy of
Oregon Dept of Agriculture.
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