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June 9th: Fill Your Freezer, The Value of Buying in Bulk

June 9th: Fill Your Freezer, The Value of Buying in Bulk

Bulk purchases of farm direct meat, dairy, veggies, and value-added products benefit eaters and farmers alike. Whether transactions occur through individual or aggregate channels, there is inherent value to both buying and selling direct from farmer to eater.
Eaters get high quality, local foods at reduced overall costs. Farmers are able to sell large quantities of [...]

 

Beginning Farmer Lending Bill Passes the Oregon Legislature!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 13, 2015

Family Farmers Cheer Passage of Aggie Bonds Beginning Farmer Lending Bill
Program Facilitates Lower Interest Loans to Beginning and Smaller Farmers
Salem, OR: Friends of Family Farmers, Oregon’s leading advocate for independent family-scale farmers and ranchers, cheered the passage of HB 3239 through the Oregon Senate today. HB 3239 expands access to Oregon’s [...]

 
May 12th: Edible Surplus in the Food Chain

May 12th: Edible Surplus in the Food Chain

Food waste composes the largest percentage of waste dumped into municipal landfills. That’s because nearly 40% of the food produced in the U.S. alone bypasses hungry mouths, and instead ends up rotting in landfills or decomposing in fields or compost heaps. That 40% equates to 96 billion pounds of food with a net worth of [...]

 

Mid-Session Update – Salem Watch

Written April 22, 2015 (with May 4 bill updates included below)
It has been a wild few weeks in Salem. Key deadlines for legislative action occurred on April 10 and April 21, and many of FoFF’s legislative priorities are still in play. If a bill wasn’t voted out of its first committee by April 21, it [...]

 
Action Alert!  Canola is Back…

Action Alert! Canola is Back…

Remember how we won big for Oregon’s vegetable seed growers and fresh vegetable producers by keeping canola production out of the Willamette Valley in 2013? Well, canola’s back…
Send an email TODAY to stop HB 3382!
House Bill 3382 will be voted on voted on TOMORROW morning as early as 10:30 AM by the Oregon House of [...]

 
April 14th: Food & Farm Financing: Investing in Where You Live & What You Eat

April 14th: Food & Farm Financing: Investing in Where You Live & What You Eat

Findinfinancing for a small farm is one of the most challenging obstacles for agricultural entrepreneurs.  There aren’t many options, the options that exist are often reluctant to invest in agriculture, especially in beginning farmers,
Finding financing for a farm is one of the most challenging obstacles for agricultural entrepreneurs. Historically, the options have been limited and [...]

 

Queer Farmer Film Project: “Out Here” Screening April 2

Limited availability of tickets!
Ticket sales will be taken down when we reach capacity.
Join Us for a Screening of Out Here!
Friends of Family Farmers is excited to partner with Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply to host a film screening of Out Here on Thursday, April 2 at the Academy Theater in SE Portland. Doors open at 6:30, [...]

 
Family Farms Mean Business: Farmers, Ranchers and Local Food Advocates Rally in Salem

Family Farms Mean Business: Farmers, Ranchers and Local Food Advocates Rally in Salem

Over 150 Family Farmers, Ranchers and Local Food Advocates Rallied at the Capitol on Monday, March 30 in Support of Strong Local Farm and Food Policies
Salem, OR: On Monday, March 30 Friends of Family Farmers hosted its 3rd biennial ‘Family Farms Mean Business’ day of education and action at the State Capitol in Salem. Over [...]

 
Capitol Update – Farm-to-School, Aggie Bonds, and Antibiotics, Oh My!

Capitol Update – Farm-to-School, Aggie Bonds, and Antibiotics, Oh My!

March 25, 2015
Things have been moving quickly at the State Capitol in Salem these days. Almost as fast as the cherry blossoms have come and gone, legislative committees have been racing towards mid-April deadlines for action on bills.
Here are a few updates on legislation Friends of Family Farmers has been working on to support socially [...]

 
Farming with Horses

Farming with Horses

Why Farm with horses, one may ask… In an age when an ever-increasing array of technology is available to increase efficiency and decrease labor-intensive practices, this is an important question to address.
More and more, people are turning to the use of draft and work horses intentionally. For a plethora of wholesome reasons.

Sustainability:
While our current food [...]

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