The February 2016 Legislative ‘short session’ has come and gone. Lasting just one month, a number of bills with impacts on agriculture in Oregon were discussed, some passing, some not. FoFF waged a major effort early in the session to address long-standing problems with poorly regulated Genetically Engineered (GE) crops, then wrapped it up by fighting … Continue reading 2016 Oregon Legislative Recap
The Art of Fermentation- purchase tickets here Sunday, March 6th Living Learning Center South, Performance Hall (1455 East 15th Avenue University of Oregon, Eugene) 4-7 pm Come learn how simple it is to make your own kraut, kimchi and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well … Continue reading Fermentation Fever- A workshop with Sandor Katz
In late 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the long-awaited Food Safety Modernization Act ‘Produce Rule,’ which sets sweeping new standards for growing, packing, harvesting and holding produce for human consumption. Friends of Family Farmers joined sustainable and family farm advocates from across the nation to submit comments and provide feedback on the … Continue reading FSMA Update – FDA finalizes Food Safety Modernization Act rules
2015 – A Year of Progress and Change for Friends of Family Farmers We rang in 2015 moving at full speed and our strong and successful advocacy on behalf of Oregon’s socially responsible family farmers continued all year long, with growth in policy advocacy, program development, and community events. As the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session … Continue reading 2015 – The Year in Review
Fill your pantry was a mighty success! Thank you to all of the participating farmers, eaters, volunteers, and community organizations for contributing love, labor, and support. Thousands of pounds of food were carted off to happy homes. Just during the pre-sale, local farmers sold over 1,711 pounds of winter squash, 1,380 pounds of grains and beans, 3,851 … Continue reading We Filled Our Pantries, And it Was Awesome!
Online orders have closed, but you can still come out on to the market November 8th to find stock up on local goodies. Online pre-orders open between Oct 17-31 We are excited to bring this event to the Portland metro area on Sunday, November 8th from 11:00 am-2:00 pm at Rigler Elementary – 5401 NE Prescott … Continue reading Portland Fill Your Pantry
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 … Continue reading Request for Proposals for iFarm Oregon Redevelopment: Updated!
Governor Kate Brown Turns Back on Family Farms, Plans Appointment for Representative of Massive, Polluting Factory Farm to Oregon’s Board of Agriculture Take Action Today! Click Here to Email the Governor! Friends of Family Farmers, Oregon’s largest sustainable agriculture organization, received confirmation this week of Governor Kate Brown’s intent to appoint the general manager of … Continue reading Governor Kate Brown to Appoint Mega-Factory Farm Operator to Oregon’s Board of Agriculture
Food preservation is an ancient art that was once practiced in most households across the globe. Its prominence took a beating from the eruption of industrialized food items that shimmied their way onto pantry shelves. “Processed food” evokes a new meaning in this era of ready-made meals, but my hope, along with many of my peers, … Continue reading Get the Nerve to Preserve Recap
Friends of Family Farmers fought hard for family-scale farmers in the 2015 legislative session on bills ranging from agri-tourism to GE crops to urban agricultural zones. On the evening of July 6, the 2015 Oregon Legislative session finally adjourned. In the end, the roller-coaster session marked by the high-profile resignation of a recently elected Governor … Continue reading 2015 Oregon Legislative Wrap Up: Wins, Losses and Draws