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
There are hundreds of bills directly relating to, or having an impact on, agriculture and food in the Oregon Legislature this year. Among these are a number of key bills and budget proposals we believe will help advance socially responsible agriculture and healthy local food systems in Oregon. In short, our 2015 legislative priorities are: … Continue reading Friends of Family Farmers – Farm and Food Legislative Priorities 2015
January 29, 2015 Well, it’s that time again. Every other year, the Oregon Legislature meets from February to July to hold hearings, pass laws, and create the state’s budget. And since 2011, Friends of Family Farmers has had a strong presence at the State Capitol, keeping you up to date on what’s happening and how … Continue reading Introducing the 2015 Muckboots in the Capitol Blog – Hot Topics in Salem
The Oregon Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session on February 3 and finished work on March 7, two days ahead of the constitutionally required adjournment date. A number of bills were introduced that were important to Oregon farmers and food consumers: HB 4078 – As introduced, this bill would have affirmed Washington County’s controversial plans … Continue reading Muckboots in the Capitol – February 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up
With the passage of HB 2427, the canola bill, and HB 2700, the ‘Aggie Bonds’ Beginning Farmer and Rancher Loan Program, in late June/early July at the Oregon Legislature, small farm issues got a lot of press. Here’s a sampling: June 25, 2013 – Oregon House approves bill to ban canola crops in the Willamette … Continue reading 2013 End of Session Press Recap – Canola, Aggie Bonds