Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Homesteading Coordinator

We would like to welcome Lisa Carroll to our OPS team as our new Homesteading Coordinator! Lisa will be taking on the leadership and coordination of a variety of areas at the swaps. These areas include our new Seed Swap which includes seed storing education, gardening, food preserving, bee keeping and wool and fiber. Lisa has passion for all these areas and has jumped right into the job. I think we will all see a huge growth in these areas. Please help me in welcoming Lisa to the OPS Inc. Team!

OPS Inc. Seeking Staff Position - Fundraising

OPS Inc. is looking for another staff person to join us in our fundraising efforts as a Fundraising Coordinator. This position, like all of ours, is volunteer with benefits (free spaces at each swap). The candidate needs have computer skills and access to the internet; attention to detail; proper grammar and spelling skills; an outgoing personality with a team oriented work ethic.
Job includes:
*in charge of keeping a database of potential donors and sponsors (we currently have one started but it needs work and constant updating)
*sending out donation request letters prior to each swap (we cover the costs)
*coordinating with the Stewardship Coordinator to send out thank you letters after each swap
*answering requests for sponsorship packages
*setting up the Donor Table at the swaps with material provided by our donors and sponsors
*coordinating with crew members the set up of the fundraising tables at each swap
*working with the Board of Directors on fundraising goals and progress
If you are interested in joining the OPS Inc. team, please contact us!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Just a reminder about the sanctioned poultry show happening in conjunction with our Fall Swap this year - the Willamette Valley Fall Poultry Classic. It will be held in Guerber Hall, which is just to the west of the arena. This event is not part of OPS Inc so for more information, contact the names on the flyer or join their Facebook group.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chickenstock Vendor Catalog - Final Copy

This is the final version of the 
this coming Saturday, August 1st  
Brownsville, OR - Pioneer Park.  

Happy Shopping and we will you in the park there!

P.S. Don't forget to bring food for Sharing Hands Food Drive.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Soap Making Demo at Chickenstock!!!

This is a repost from our public FB page:

Kaitlin Boyce
7/27/2015 at 5:56am

Hello all! Make sure you stop by the Oregon Homestead booth at Chickenstock (This Saturday!) for a FREE demo on how to make soap. We will also have soap making kits for sale, as well as plenty of finished product (hint: we have chicken soaps!) Looking forward to seeing you there!



You will be able to find their booths on the East Side of the Swap along the building.  We are very excited to have a soap demonstrator at our swaps now (she will be at the Fall one too!) so be sure and stop by!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Seed Swaps at the Swaps in 2016!!

It's official! We will be hosting seed swaps at our Swaps starting in 2016! We are going to start with the Winter and Spring Swaps and see how it goes. People are excited about this new part of our swaps....we're excited about it too! A "Want List" will be posted at the Fall Swap (and in the FB group and even on our new website) for those interested in participating. This is going to be run by our swap community members (that's the people who attend and support our swaps - YOU), we will just provide the space and supplies. Everyone is welcome to take part and we really want the communities to get involved!!  Save your seeds and come swap with us!  You can read about it here and we will have more information as we get closer to the Fall Swap in Corvallis!