Welcome to the Friends of Family Farmers Resources Section, which is continuously being developed and organized. Here you can find information on a variety of topics, link to other organizations and useful websites. Be sure to check out our community calendar for upcoming events. Use this link to view the Oregon jobs in agriculture and food that have come our way. See below for topic areas or use the search engine on top of the page to find a particular subject.
Oregon State University’s Small Farms Program provides information for small, commercial growers and small acreage landowners.
Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Resource Guide: including resources on business plans, loan programs, grants, risk management/insurance, business education, and succession planning.
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (formerly ATTRA): news, events and funding for sustainable agriculture, including Evaluating a Rural Enterprise
The USDA’s National Agricultural Library hosts the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, which focuses on topics related to sustainable and alternative agricultural systems, crops and livestock.
Guide to farming: What every agricultural entrepreneur needs to know from Cornell University: an essential resource for new and existing farmers alike, providing answers to questions about taxes, business planning, labor law, zoning, regulations, marketing and many other topics that farmers need to know.
Cultivate the Soil: Resources for Beginning and Small-Scale Farmers and Ranchers in Washington State: fourteen chapters cover topics such as Business Planning, Marketing, Insurance, Education, Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Efficiency.
The State of Ag in Oregon
The Crossroads Resource Center offers nine (9) regionally distinct Farm & Food Economy Studies covering all of Oregon.
Oregon Agripedia: the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s guide to regulations and laws that apply to agriculture.
Farm Policy Resources
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: the premier advocate for sustainable agriculture on a federal level.
The National Farmers Union: an alternative to the Farm Bureau for federal policy representation.
Tools and Techniques for Effective Organizing: Friends of Family Farmers’ community resource guide to help communities through the process of working together to strengthen local food systems.