We might not all be farmers, but we’re all eaters! Friends of Family Farmers’ Eater Campaign helps consumers understand the difficulties that Oregon family farmers face when trying to remain financially viable and socially responsible. Moreover, this program gives eaters the tools they need to make decisions that shape our food system for the better.
Outreach to Oregon Eaters & Consumers
Urban consumers wield a lot of political power in Salem when it comes to policy and legislation. So it’s important that urban consumers know who is growing their food and are vocal about the kind of food system they want to see in Oregon.
In an effort to educate and mobilize consumers, Friends of Family Farmers makes frequent appearances speaking to groups, businesses and college classes, and participates in panels about local food, current issues faced by Oregon family farmers, and sustainable food systems. You can find us tabling at farmers’ markets around the state and at film screenings of documentaries about farming and food issues.
If you would like for a FoFF representative to speak to your group, visit your community or partner up in an outreach opportunity, please contact us via email or phone 503-581-7124.
One of the most successful pieces of our Eater Outreach Program is InFARMation. This event began in January of 2009 and happens every last Tuesday of the month from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Holocene in Portland. We also take it on the road to other parts of the state, such as Salem, Eugene, McMinnville, and Bend.
The topic changes each month, but always focuses on the big picture and the connection between food and farms in Oregon. This is a great opportunity to get farmers and consumers together to have discussions and build relationships. When eaters connect with food producers, our food web becomes stronger and real changes in our local food system are possible.
Read more about previous and future InFARMation events here.
If you have a suggestion for a topic, or would like to bring InFARMation to your part of Oregon, please email us!