Get Connected with Oregon Farm Link!

OFL-logo-2colorThere are over 500,000 beginning farmers growing food across America, so you may be surprised to learn that the average age of farmers in the state of Oregon is 60 years old.

Even more shocking, between 2007 and 2012, the state lost nearly 25% of its beginning farmers.The gap between farmers leaving agriculture and those entering is steadily increasing. Who will grow our food in the future? Friends of Family Farmers has one solution to Oregon’s land access crisis: Oregon Farm Link.

Oregon Farm Link is an online hub that connects beginning farmers and ranchers with land holders. In addition to hosting land listings, Oregon Farm Link serves as a portal for those interested in getting involved in agriculture, with a board of job listings and a comprehensive resource library designed to assist farmers of all experiences.

Oregon Farm Link is a major upgrade to Friends of wheel hoeFamily Farmers’ popular iFarm land link program, which was originally created in 2009. iFarm facilitated more than 70 land matches around the state, but the site needed major improvements to handle the demands of hundreds of listings.

Chelsea Girimonte, farmer at Vee Cee Farm in Dayton, OR explains, “As first-generation farmers we’re not always sure how to access all the resources in our agricultural community, including land lease and partnership opportunities. iFarm helped us access landholders and start conversations we wouldn’t have had the opportunity for otherwise.”

Since its launch in late May, Oregon Farm Link has been buzzing with activity! The site has been joined by nearly 30 new land holders and land seekers, and new job postings have been listed almost daily.

Now is the time to cultivate the next generation of Oregon’s agrarians!  List your land, find land, look for a job, & locate resources on FoFF’s new Oregon Farm Link database.

For more information, visit oregonfarmlink.org

Family Farm Week in Northeast Oregon!

Friends of Family Farmers is taking a road trip to Northeast Oregon during the second week of May, and we have several fun and interesting events lined up. We can’t wait to see all our farmers and eaters in the area who support socially and environmentally responsible family farms!

Hanna Ranch Poster EMonday, May 9th – Movie Night in La Grande

Join Friends of Family Farmers and the Fort Union Grange from  6:30-8:30 PM for an evening celebrating Oregon’s family farmers. We’ll be offering a FREE screening of the film Hanna Ranch. Snacks provided!  Let us know you’re coming by rsvp’ing to our Facebook event.

facebook_event_933303526766892Tuesday, May 10th – Listening Session in Hurricane Creek

We want to hear from Oregon’s family-scale, socially and environmentally responsible Wallowa County farmers about the issues that matter to them. If this sounds like you, then please sign up today, and join us from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Hurricane Creek Grange.

Seed SwapWednesday, May 11th – Seed Swap and Social in Enterprise

Bring your extra seeds (saved or purchased) to swap with your community just in time for planting season. We’ll provide light refreshments. Join us from 6:00-8:00 PM at Terminal Gravity Brewery to mix, mingle, and take home a new seed variety! RSVP here.

facebook_event_1657115237894349Thursday, May 12th – Listening Session in La Grande

We want to hear from Oregon’s family-scale, socially and environmentally responsible Union County farmers about the issues that matter to them. If this sounds like you, then please sign up today, and join us from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Union County 4-H and Extension Education Center, RM #9.

Request for Proposals for iFarm Oregon Redevelopment: Updated!

The average age of farmers in the state of Oregon is nearly 60 and the Oregon Department of Agriculture predicts that 25%-50% of Oregon’s farmland may change hands within the next decade. In response to these trends, FoFF created iFarm Oregon, the state’s only land linking service. iFarm offers listings for landowners looking to sell or lease farmland, and farmers looking for land, partnerships, or investment opportunities. Since 2009, over 900 land listings have been posted on iFarm, and more than 60 participants have connected through the service to find land!

FoFF is currently looking for an experienced web developer to redesign the iFarm database. We’ve recently made some changes to the original RPF. Please click here for the new, updated RFP. The deadline for submissions is November 9th, 2015.