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
2017 Fill Your Pantry – Portland Application Information Our next Fill Your Pantry Community Bulk Buying Event will be held December 3, 2017 in Portland. For this one-day event, we will offer a very wide assortment of products from which area households can truly stock their pantries for the winter. If your farm or … Continue reading 2017 Portland Fill Your Pantry Vendor Criteria and Application Now Available!
In the last edition of our Corporate Ag Watch blog, we highlighted the plight of Oregon’s small farms in relation to the growth of Big Ag in our state, noting the problematic influence that unlimited corporate money in Oregon politics is having. We dove into the political and lobbying activities of out-of-state owned Threemile Canyon Farms, … Continue reading Corporate Ag Watch: Agrichemical Company Influence in Oregon – Part I
The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session is over. Adjourning on Friday, July 7 in a flurry of activity, the Legislature’s final actions included some unexpected surprises and good news. But these positive outcomes were tempered by what was overall a very tough session dominated by jostling over scarce funds and massive budget shortfalls, and the continuing … Continue reading 2017 Oregon Legislative Session Wrap Up