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New C. Oregon farm school to teach organic methods

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Washington Examiner

Every year, Prineville's Dancing Cow farm gets about 200 to 250 calls and e-mails from people all over the country who want to come and learn how to grow vegetables and produce the beef, lamb and eggs the farm sells at farmers markets, said owner Sean Dodson.

But he has to turn away the prospective farmers, often young people exploring potential careers.

"Right now, there just isn't a system in place to really meet any of those needs," he said.

A new farm school in Central Oregon, however, hopes to change that.

Sarahlee Lawrence, of Rainshadow Organics just west of Terrebonne, and her neighbor, Sweet Medicine Nation, with the Four Winds Foundation, are starting up the Plots to Plates farm school this spring, with the goal of teaching people how to grow, harvest and market organic produce.

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