The next election is coming up on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 with vote-by-mail beginning in October. This year, Friends of Family Farmers has taken positions on three key ballot measures, two statewide and one in Portland. We have provided information on our positions below, and encourage you to vote in the November election and get involved. … Continue reading FoFF Ballot Measure Endorsements 2018!
By Lindsay Trant, OPN Program Manager In June 2016, FoFF launched the Oregon Pasture Network (OPN). The program connects Oregon’s pasture-based producers to each other as well as resources and expert assistance on sustainable grazing systems that are healthier for animals, the environment, and their farms. The OPN also connects these producers to the growing … Continue reading The Oregon Pasture Network: What’s in Store for Farmers and Eaters
Please join us for our next InFARMation at Lagunitas Public House on Tuesday evening, September 25th, from 6-9pm. Our topic will be Pasture-raised Poultry, and we will get to the bottom of such questions like why pasture-raised poultry costs more, heritage breeds vs. Cornish Cross hens, what the state and federal rules are about chicken … Continue reading InFARMation September 25: Pasture-raised Poultry
Thanks to YOUR action, the Oregon Department of Agriculture formally revoked the permit for the Lost Valley mega-dairy in Eastern Oregon in late June, effectively shutting down this public health and environmental disaster. This is huge a win for family farmers, the environment, and public health! Friends of Family Farmers and a diverse coalition led … Continue reading Victory! Lost Valley Mega-Dairy Permit Revoked
Growing up in Oregon’s bountiful Willamette Valley, I took for granted the abundance of farmland that surrounded us. I kept my appaloosa mare at a stable on the outskirts of town and spent my summers riding through miles of adjacent farmland, galloping through orchards and standing on my horse’s back to reach the fruit … Continue reading Oregon Farm Link – An Important Tool for the Next Generation of Farmers
by Lindsay Trant, Grassroots Organizer Since December 2017, Natalie Danielson – my fellow FoFF Grassroots Organizer – and I have facilitated Listening Sessions for farmers and ranchers throughout Oregon. We have completed 18 so far and have heard from almost 200 producers along the way who raise vegetables, fruit, animal products, and just about every … Continue reading Tales from the Road – 2018 Listening Session Recap
The Oregon Legislature adjourned its one month ‘short session’ on Saturday, March 3. Because of the fast pace and short duration, there were fewer bills to track than in the longer six-month sessions that occur in odd numbered years. But Friends of Family Farmers nonetheless weighed in on a few key pieces of legislation. Here … Continue reading 2018 Oregon Legislative Recap
The Oregon Legislature meets from February 5 through early March this year. They are considering two major bills (SB 1507 and HB 4001) to cap greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources, while creating a fund to address the impacts of climate change and support climate friendly farming practices. You might have heard these bills referred to as … Continue reading Oregon Bills Support Climate Friendly Farming Practices – Action Needed
On December 3rd, 2017, Friends of Family Farmers hosted our 3rd annual Fill Your Pantry at The Redd on Salmon Street in Portland. Ecotrust, which manages The Redd, generously donated the space to help make the event happen. Fill Your Pantry is a one day Farmers market-type event in which community members meet and support their local … Continue reading Fill Your Pantry – Portland 2017 Was a Big Success!
Ever wonder what the life of a Field Organizer at FoFF is like? Well, this summer I traveled over 1,500 miles visiting farms and attending events. Being the Field Organizer, I am the main staff person “in the field” (you may have come across my posts on Instagram: @foffinthefield). It is one of the best … Continue reading FoFF in the Field 2017