Who is OPS Inc.?
A little about Us...
Oregon Poultry Swap Inc. is a registered domestic non-profit in the State of Oregon, operated 100% by volunteers who are dedicated to our mission to provide commerce opportunities and education to those in the Pacific Northwest. Through these efforts, we are able to bring together a variety of agricultural enthusiasts, hobbyists and artisans to share their animals and wares to the communities we serve, as well as providing educational opportunities on a wide range of topics.
"To provide education and commerce opportunities to poultry, livestock and agricultural enthusiasts in our communities through organized events."
Our beginnings are humble. The first event was held in a small parking lot in Albany, Oregon in October 2009 with about a dozen people who came together to “swap” extra animals and make new “poultry” friends. Now, each Spring we host over 100 vendors from all over the Pacific Northwest to the Poultry and Homesteading Faire in Corvallis, Oregon at the Benton County Event and Fairgrounds.
We have created an event, a network of people who do possess these skills. Our Pacific Northwest vendors are from many different backgrounds – poultry and livestock breeding, bee keepers, homesteaders, artisans, gardeners, local gardening clubs and 4H groups. We provide this collective community a way to share their products, animals and information. In addition to commerce, we stress biosecurity, agricultural and homesteading education.
Our 2022 in late May event, will be a "reinvented" version of our previous Poultry and Homesteading Faires. It will reflect a simpler approach of an indoor/outdoor market atmosphere with less "distracting extras". We will continue to maintain the high standards we have become known for - quality handmade items, animals and vendors - while continuing to promote safety, biosecurity and education.
Our Give Back Program will continue to give back to the local community. In lieu of an entrance fee, we ask everyone attending our events bring food donations for our established partnership with Mary’s River Gleaners in Corvallis. They provide food and supplies to 900+ individuals in the area.
On behalf of everyone at Oregon Poultry Swap Inc., I wish to thank all those who have continued to support us over the years. I also want to welcome those new to our events and hope you will become even more involved in our organization.
Laura J. Castle
President, Founder and Event Organizer
A little diddy about our Events...
(Remake of the Little Mermaid song)
O Look at this stuff
Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl
The girl who has everything?
Look at this trove
How many wonders can one farm hold?
Looking around here you think
Sure, she's got everything
I've got chickens and rabbits a-plenty
I've got ducks and geese galore
You want Seramas?
I've got twenty!
But who cares?
No big deal
I need more!
I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see, wanna see them shopping
Walking around, petting those - what do you call 'em?
Oh – sheep!!
Walking too slow, you don't get too far
Quickly we must go to see it all, dancing
Strolling along seeing the - what's that word again?
Out where they sqawk,
Out where they peck
Out where they stay all day in the sun
Wanderin' free - wish I could be
Part of that world
What would I give if I could find some honey?
What would I pay to grab wool and yarn?
Bet'cha there they understand
Bet they don't laugh at chicken diapers!
Bright young children eyes wide open
Ready to stand
And ready to know what the animals know
Ask 'em my questions and get some answers
What's a llama and why does it - what's the word?
When's it my turn?
Wouldn't I love, love to explore that arena and more?
Out of the city
Wish I could be
Part of that world....
Out of the city
Wish I could be
Part of your world
Give Back Director, Artisan Liaison, Corporate Secretary
and Part-Time Diddy Lyricist
Oregon Poultry Swap Inc.
Board of Directors and Officers
Laura Castle - Founder, President, Event Organizer
Christy Henderson - Vice President, Corporate Secretary, Give Back Director, Artisan Liaison
Steve Castle - Treasurer
Full Time Staff Volunteers
Lisa Ohling, Addison Nishijima, Elisha Young, Ginger Ferguson, Jessalynn Jarvis, Samantha Riley, Andriea Oshel