FoFF’s Farmer Campaign engages with Oregon’s family farmers and ranchers to create positive change in our state’s food system. From individual conversations and farm visits to our bi-annual listening sessions (see below), we listen to the needs of farmers and ranchers and use their feedback to shape our programs and develop state policy. Find out how you can get involved.
Oregon’s Family Farmers
Oregon farmers produce over 220 different crops and, unlike other places in the country, almost 85% of Oregon’s nearly 40,000 farms are still small to medium sized, family-owned enterprises. In addition to providing jobs and income to local people, family farmers often support small businesses by purchasing goods and service within their communities.
See how farmers around the state are providing us with food produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Meet some of Oregon’s family farmers and ranchers>>
As a grassroots organization, Friends of Family Farmers takes our marching orders from our farmers and ranchers. All of our advocacy priorities and programs have come from conversations called “Listening Sessions.” Listening sessions are a constructive, farmer-owned process bringing communities together, encouraging democratic participation, and initiating a pathway toward positive change in our food system. They are held every other year in various communities around the state. Hundreds of farmers and ranchers have raised their voices at these sessions to influence state policy. You’re speaking and we’re listening!
2014 Listening Sessions – Upcoming!
2011-2012 Listening Sessions
Boring, Forest Grove, Central Point, Langlois, Redmond, Enterprise
2009-2010 Listening Sessions
The Rogue Valley, Pendleton, Enterprise, Ontario, Lakeview, John Day, Redmond, Tangent, The Gorge, Cannon Beach, McMinnville, Canby, Portland, Eugene, Roseburg, Coos Bay, and Klamath Falls. Along the way, FoFF organizers wrote about the experience and shared our tales from the the road.
The Agricultural Reclamation Act
The Agricultural Reclamation Act (ARA) was the culmination of the 2009-2010 Listening Sessions. During each of these listening sessions, two farmers offered to represent their peers at the first Farmer and Rancher Delegation, held on February 28th, 2010. These 70 Oregon family farmers and ranchers came together to establish a statewide platform for food and agriculture, called the Agricultural Reclamation Act.
The Agricultural Reclamation Act, which was crafted and ratified by these delegates, outlines seven major issues that are facing socially responsible family farmers and ranchers in Oregon. It also puts forth three action items for each issue area that would begin to ensure agricultural viability and vitality in our state. It serves as a road map for future food and agricultural policy that is based on family-scale farms and ranches, food security, rural economic viability and cultural connectivity.
Sign on to show your support and endorse the ARA>>
Effective Community Organizing
As part of this project, we have put together a toolkit to help communities through the process of organizing food projects and making change in their localities. You can download a copy of this great resource here>>>