Next InFARMation – Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Join us Tuesday, May 14 in Portland for a special InFARMation (and Beer!) on ‘Farming in the Age of Climate Change.’ We’ll be hearing from a panel of farmers who are navigating a changing climate by undertaking practices like dry-farming, cover cropping, rotational grazing and more. We will also get the latest on legislation in Salem that will help incentivize climate friendly farming practices.
This is a free event and will take place from 6-9 pm on Tuesday, May 14 at the Lagunitas Community Room.
Date: Tuesday, May 14 – 6-9 pm
Location: Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway St, Portland
Topic: Farming in the Age of Climate Change
Panelists for the evening are:
- Anne Berblinger, Gales Meadow Farm: Anne uses farming practices that build the soil while also providing habitat for wildlife, native plants, insects, birds, and microbes. To increase her resiliency, she’s also began experimenting with dry farming techniques.
- Zach Menchini, Campfire Farms: The Menchinis focus on pasture management, high-quality forage, and soil health to produce great pork and better the environment. What role can pasture-based agriculture play in addressing climate change?
- Susan Richman, Belle Mare Farm: Belle Mare Farm grows heritage bread and cereal grains, cover crops, pasture and vegetables on fields from 3-12 acres…with horses! Susan manages diverse crop and livestock rotation, and optimizes the use of humans and animals as a source of power. She uses traditional methods supported by science, essentially planting to feed the soil.
- Megan Kemple, Oregon Climate and Agricultural Network: Farmers are on the frontline of dealing with the effects of climate change, while also best positioned to be part of the solution. Megan will talk about House Bill 2020, aka the Clean Energy Jobs bill, and how the newly created Climate Investment Fund could support small and mid-sized farms by incentivizing practices that sequester carbon in soils and encourage resiliency.
Previous Portland InFARMation events:
February 19, 2019 – FoFF’s 2019 Legislative Priorities and the Threat of Industrial Mega-Dairies in Oregon
At this InFARMation, we previewed Friends of Family Farmers’ 2019 Legislative Priorities and talked about how you can get involved in supporting family farmers and healthy local food systems at the Legislature this year. A panel of experts discussed the impacts of mega-dairies on small and mid-sized farms, the environment and animal welfare, and provided updates on legislation in Salem that would place a moratorium on new industrial mega-dairies in the state.
Background: In 2017, over the opposition of small farm, rural, environmental and animal welfare groups, Oregon approved the 30,000-cow Lost Valley mega-dairy. At full size, this facility would have been one of the largest dairies in the country, flooding the market with milk as small and mid-sized dairy farms are struggling to survive in an era of extremely low prices. Almost immediately, the facility began violating it’s pollution permits, racking up over 200 environmental violations within a year of operation. The owner failed to pay local contractors and declared bankruptcy, and the state ultimately revoked his permit. Despite these problems, the facility is remarkably still in operation but is now up for sale.
At this InFARMation we asked what happened with Lost Valley, discussed what Oregonians and our leaders should learn from this experience, and what supporters of family farms and responsible local food systems can do to prevent new industrial mega-dairies from coming to our state.
When: Tuesday, February 19, 6 – 8:30 pm
Location: Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway St #300, Portland, OR
- Ivan Maluski, Policy Director, Friends of Family Farmers and writer for FoFF’s ‘Muckboots in the Capitol‘ legislative blog
- Tarah Heinzen, Oregon-based Staff Attorney for Food and Water Watch
- Brian Posewitz, Staff Attorney for WaterWatch of Oregon and board member, Humane Voters of Oregon
InFARMation is an educational and community building event created by Friends of Family Farmers that has taken place in Portland since 2009. These events connect eaters and farmers around the most important issues impacting healthy local food systems and socially responsible agriculture in Oregon. The events are always free to attend.
2018 InFARMations included:
Pasture raised Beef – Saturday, August 11, 3-7 pm – Hosted at Our Table Cooperative in Sherwood, OR this InFARMation include a farm tour, wood fired pizza, draft beer and kombucha. The panel of experts included Jared Gardner of Nehalem River Ranch, Rich Butler of Verdant Hills Farm, Narendra Varma of Our Table Farm, Dr. Antonella Aguilera-Ruiz of Wild Lemon Health and Slow Food Portland, and Liam Pelot, owner of Dick’s Primal Burger.
Pasture Raised Poultry – Tuesday, September 25, 6-9 pm – Hosted at Lagunitas Community Room in Portland, at this InFARMation we heard from Jon and Geoff, farmers at Marion Acres Farm, Piper and Laura from Grand Central Bakery, and Justin Ashby, meat monger at Flying Fish Company.
Pasture Raised Pork – Tuesday, October 9th, 6-9 pm – Hosted at Lagunitas Community Room in Portland. Panelists included Kendra Kimbirauskas of Shimanek Bridge Farm, Ben Meyer of Grain & Gristle and Revel Meats, Camas Davis of Portland Meat Collective and author of Killing It, and Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions.
Pasture Raised Dairy – Tuesday, November 13, 6-9 pm – Hosted at the Lagunitas Community Room in Portland. Panelists included Mike Grauwen of Onion Peak Dairy in Nehalem, a producer for Organic Valley; Michael Guebert of Terra Farma in Corbett, a raw milk producer; Ivan Maluski, Friends of Family Farmers’ Policy Director; and, Kathleen Bauer, food writer GoodStuffNW.com.