Next Event – Tuesday, February 19, 6-8:30pm

FoFF’s 2019 Legislative Priorities and the Threat of Industrial Mega-Dairies in Oregon 

At this InFARMation, we will preview Friends of Family Farmers’ 2019 Legislative Priorities and talk about how you can get involved in supporting family farmers and healthy local food systems at the Legislature this year. A panel of experts will also discuss the impacts of mega-dairies on small and mid-sized farms, the environment and animal welfare, and provide 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 will ask what happened with Lost Valley, and discuss what Oregonians and our leaders should learn from this experience, while discussing what supporters of family farms and responsible local food systems can do to prevent new industrial mega-dairies from coming to our state.

This is a free event!

When: Tuesday, February 19, 6 – 8:30 pm

Location: Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway St #300, Portland, OR

Panelists will include:

  • 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.

Dr. Antonella Aguilera-Ruiz talks about the health benefits of pasture raised beef at our August 2018 InFARMation

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.

John and Geoff from Marion Acres talk about what it took to start their pasture-raised poultry operation.

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.

The panelists from our October InFARMation answering questions about pasture-raised pork.

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.