Garry  Stephenson
Garry  Stephenson
Garry  Stephenson


Food systems
Alternative marketing
Farmers markets
Small Farms
Biologic crop production
Whole farm management
Beginning farmers
Women's agricultural networks
Garry Stephenson
Director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems Coordinator, Small Farms Program
OSU Campus
Department of Crop and Soil Science
131 Crop Science Building Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States
(541) 737-5833


  • Local and Regional Food systems.
  • Alternative marketing systems.
  • Farmers’ markets.
  • Beginning farmer and rancher education


CROP/HORT. Cities and Food: How Great Cities are Fed.

CROP/HORT. Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management



    Ph.D. Agricultural Anthropology, University of Oregon
    M.Ag. Animal Science, Crop Science (minor), Oregon State University
    MAIS Environmental Anthropology, Oregon State University
    BA Anthropology, Arizona State University

I accept graduate students for Horticulture
I accept graduate students for Crop and Soil Science


Stephenson, G., L. Gwin, M. Powell, A. Garrett. 2012. Enhancing Organic Agriculture in Oregon: Research, Education, and Policy. OSU Extension Service Special Report EM 9050. Corvallis: Oregon State University.

Martin, D., Fery, M., Andrews, N., Angima, S., Matthewson, M., Pool, K. and Stephenson, G. 2011. Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management Planning Book—Think It! Write It! OSU Extension Service, EM 9043. Oregon State University.

Stephenson, Garry. 2008. Farmers’ Markets: Success, Failure and Management Ecology. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.

Stephenson, G., Lev, L. and Brewer, L.J. 2008. “Things are getting desperate:” What We Know About Farmers’ Markets that Fail. Journal of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 23(3):188-199.

Outreach and Extension

The Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems was established within the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) in September, 2013, with support from CAS and the OSU Extension Service. The Center uses education, research, and collaborative relationships to achieve our vision:

  • Successful small farms: profitable, biologically resilient, and satisfying consumer demand for food that is local, sustainably produced, healthy, and humane.

  • Strong community food systems: local food systems that provide equitable access to healthy food, reward environmental stewardship, support local businesses, and are engines of community economic development.

  • Students with high “Food IQ”: ready to take on critical food system issues as the next generation of farmers, scientists, policymakers, and community leaders.

    The Center is based on OSU’s Corvallis campus and “houses” the Extension Small Farms Program, which currently has faculty in four regions of the state.

The Small Farms Program is part of the OSU Extension Service. It emphasizes: Biological approaches to livestock and crop production; Whole farm management; Beginning farmer and rancher education; Women's agricultural networks.

Small Farms Program faculty are based in the Northern Willamette Valley,  Southern Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon.


Awards and Honors

Outreach and Engagement Award. Oregon State University. 2014

Oldfield/Jackman Team Award. Awarded to OSU Small Farms Program Faculty. College of Agricultural Sciences. 2014

Vice Provost’s Award for Excellence in Strategic Impact. Division of Outreach and Engagement, Oregon State University. 2010.

Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology. 2002.