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FoFF Offers Support for Beginning Farmers

FoFF Offers Support for Beginning Farmers

Prepare yourself for some very sobering statistics: the average age Oregon farmers is near the retirement age of most other professions. At 59.6 years old, it’s higher than the national average of 58, and rising steadily each year. According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, Oregon has just 1,419 principal farm operators under the [...]

September 9th: Food Access

September 9th: Food Access

For many farmers and gardeners, September marks the most abundant month of the season. A glut of produce is in the fields, on the countertop waiting to be processed, and maybe heading to the compost pile after market or because you simply cannot eat another zucchini. Yet, plenty of folks, even your neighbors, find themselves [...]


Part-time Farm Worker Position at Bethel Springs Farm, Amity, OR

I have a part-time farm worker position open on my small farm, Bethel Springs Farm, 6 miles south of Amity, not far off Hwy 99W. I would like someone to work 2-3 days a week doing general vegetable farm work: planting, weeding, harvesting, cleaning, packaging, etc. There is some flexibility with scheduling, from now through [...]

Farmers Rising!  Oregon’s Beginning Farmer & Rancher Convivium

Farmers Rising! Oregon’s Beginning Farmer & Rancher Convivium

Save the Date for Farmers Rising!  Oregon’s Beginning Farmer & Rancher Convivium

Brought to you by Friends of Family Farmers’s FarmON! program, Rogue Farm Corps & Berggren Demonstration Farm.
Friday, October 17th – Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, OR
Hands-on workshops, farmer-to-farmer trainings, film screening, networking, good food, a hoedown, and much more! Camping [...]


Raise the Roots! Donors

We are thrilled to include the following businesses and organizations in our lineup of donated items for our auction and dinner.
THANK YOU so much for your support!!
If you would like to donate to FoFF’s Raise the Roots! Fundraiser, please email  All donations to Friends of Family Farmers are tax deductible.
Purchase your tickets to the [...]

August 12th: Women Warriors: Film & Panel Discussion

August 12th: Women Warriors: Film & Panel Discussion

Join us for a film screening of Terra Firma followed by a short panel discussion with Oregon veteran and rancher Mickey Clayton of Dot Ranch and filmmakers Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson!! Mickey raises Navajo-Churro sheep, heritage poultry and fiber products in Scio, OR. Read more about Mickey & Dot Ranch
Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson are [...]

Raise the Roots! FoFF Benefit Dinner and Auction, September 21

Raise the Roots! FoFF Benefit Dinner and Auction, September 21

Help us “Raise the Roots!”
You are invited to join Friends of Family Farmers for our second annual fundraiser!
Come celebrate the harvest and the vast scope of Oregon’s agriculture with us this September. We are thrilled to be joined by Chef Stacey Givens of Side Yard Farm and by Sun Gold Farm, both winners of Ecotrust’s [...]


Oregon task force grills federal GMO regulators

Salem Statesman Journal – 7/11/2014 – Oregon task force grills federal GMO regulators
Here’s an excerpt:
An Oregon task force studying genetically modified crops and food grilled federal regulators at its meeting Thursday, but didn’t get a lot of answers.
Ivan Maluski, director of Friends of Family Farmers, wanted to know whether federal law prohibits states from regulating genetically modified [...]


New Financing Tools for Oregon Farmers & Ranchers

Access to capital and financing has always been a topic of concern for many small farmers. In collaboration with our partner organizations and with the support of citizens like you, we were able to establish a new state program for lowering interest rates on loans to Oregon small farmers and ranchers through the 2013 state legislature.
The [...]


Farm Fresh Agritainment

The Portland Tribune wrote an article on the issue of agritourism in Oregon on 7/8/2014
Read Farm Fresh Agritainment
Here’s an excerpt:
“Agritourism comes in so many different flavors,” says Nellie McAdams, staff attorney for Molalla-based Friends of Family Farmers. “I do think it’s a really fine line and a balancing act.”
McAdams adds that the event fees and [...]

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