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. We currently host 2 events each year - a Spring Poultry and Homesteading Faire held the first Saturday in April and a Homesteading Holiday Craft Faire held the second Saturday in December. Both events are held at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis, OR.
Our events bring together vendors from many different backgrounds – poultry and livestock breeding, bee keepers, homesteaders, artisans, gardeners, local high schools and gardening clubs as well as 4H groups. Our event provides this collective community a way to share their products, animals and information. In addition to commerce, we focus on a variety of agricultural and homesteading education and hands on learning and fun for kids of all ages.
Our Give Back Program gives back to the local community. We act locally and think globally. We have an established partnership with Mary’s River Gleaners in Corvallis to provide food and supplies to the 900+ individuals they serve. Thinking globally, we are supporting the efforts of Patrick’s Children Organization to bring economic assistance, education, basic human supplies and water for drinking and agriculture in Uganda. Our Scholarship Vendor Program assists those who have marketable items to share but need financial help in getting established.
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)
OLook 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, Lisa McOwen, Jessalynn Jarvis, Charlotte Braxton, Samantha Riley, Andriea Oshel