On April 5, Friends of Family Farmers, Center for Food Safety, Universal Seed Company and Wild Garden Seed filed a new lawsuit challenging the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s controversial new canola rule that threatens farmers across the Willamette Valley. Meanwhile, on April 18, the Oregon House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee advanced a bill to [...]
Update: On April 10, SB 633 was passed out of committee by a 3-2 vote. Read the Capital Press article here. It has now been scheduled for a Senate vote on Wednesday, May 1. Please contact your State Senator today and urge them to vote ‘no’ on SB 633!
On Thursday April 10, the Senate [...]
On April 9, the Oregon House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee unanimously moved HB 2700, the ‘Aggie’ Bonds bill, forward with a ‘do-pass’ recommendation. It will now advance to the House Ways and Means Committee. Read More about it in this Capital Press Article>>>
HB 2700 would establish a Beginning and Expanding Farmer Loan Program to assist [...]
oFF was honored to receive a Local Hero Award in the non-profit category by the Edible Portland magazine. This award focuses on the people and businesses who are setting high standards with their environmental and social practices, high quality, regional economic impact, and commitment to building a robust food system in the Pacific Northwest. All [...]
Slow Food & FoFF presents Tasty Bits: An evening with Anthony Boutard, his book, nibbles and wine, Saturday Feb 9th
We will be celebrating Anthony Boutard’s newly released book, “Beautiful Corn: America’s Original Grain from Seed to Plate.”
Learn about the history and biology of corn. Also discover tips on growing and using this wholesome, traditional grain that offers many opportunities for tasty, nutritious meals.
Learn about the history and biology of corn. Also discover tips [...]
A public hearing on the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s latest rule proposal is scheduled for 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Cascade Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. The comment period closes on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5 pm. Written comments can be mailed to: Canola Hearings Officer, Department of Agriculture, 635 [...]
Tues Jan 15th get your eat on at Pacific Pie. Featuring Goat Mountain Pastured Meat in a Sweet Potato & Pork Pastie. YUM! http://www.pacificpieco.com/ 10% of the days sales will go to Friends of Family Farmers. As if you needed another reason to eat there. — at Pacific Pie Company.
Next Tuesday, January 15th treat yourself [...]
A new draft rule was published on December 14, with a public hearing scheduled for 9 am, Jan. 23 at the State Fairgrounds in Salem, and a comment deadline, Jan 25, plus a link to the docs. Stay tuned for more info as we have it.’ If going beyond that in order to remind people [...]
Interested in farming or growing your farm business, but not savvy on zoning, business formation, or financing? Then come hear author, Rebecca Thistlethwaite read from her very comprehensive book on these topics.
Book: Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable FarmBusiness
Where: Equal Exchange, 1033 SE Main, Portland, OR
When: Thursday, December 13th from 7 – [...]
While the Oregon Department of Agriculture formulates a new permanent rule on canola in the Willamette Valley, we at Friends of Family Farmers are strategizing and gathering our resources. Despite the fact that the Court of Appeals has implied that ODA would not win at a hearing (and a final hearing couldn’t happen until several [...]