We are excited to announce that InFARMation (& Beer!) is returning to Salem on Tuesday, February 12th from 6-8:30 pm

Land, Soil, Water, and Farmers: The Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Oregon

What does it mean to be farming in the midst of climate change? Can agriculture be a part of the solution? What is your role in building a sustainable food system in Oregon? We will tackle questions like these and more at our upcoming InFARMation (& Beer!) Join us for a fun and informative night where you will hear from a panel of local producers and experts in sustainable agriculture as they address land access, soil health, dry farming, and more. We will also be presenting on ways that you can be involved in our work on behalf of family farmers and how you can help shape your local food systems. This is a free event.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 12th – Join us at 6:00pm and grab a drink and a Tuesday taco, panel will begin sharply at 6:30pm

WHERE: The basement bar of Archive Coffee & Bar in Downtown Salem (102 Liberty St NE). The event is free, food and drinks are available for purchase. 

WHO: We are putting together a great panel of farmers and experts that can speak to some of the top issues, and even some solutions, for the future of sustainable agriculture in Oregon. Our panel includes:

  • Amy Garrett, OSU Small Farms Program: Amy leads the Dry Farming Collaborative through Oregon State University Extension Service, examining ways to grow a variety of crops, including tomatoes and melons, without any irrigation water. Are techniques like these essential to the future of Oregon agriculture in an age of increasingly longer and drier summers?
  • Jon Bansen, Double J Jerseys: Jon runs his family dairy in Monmouth, raising over 200 cows on pasture and producing dairy for Organic Valley. He emphasizes a focus on pasture management, high-quality forage, and soil health to produce great dairy and better the environment. What role can pasture-based agriculture and managed grazing in particular play in addressing climate change?
  • Greg Wilt, Sublime Organics: Three years ago Greg decided to add a farm stay to help supplement his farming business in Sublimity raising pastured meats and eggs as well as fresh produce. Is adding an agritourism components like this essential to keeping our small farms viable in the future?
  • Beth Satterwhite and Erik Grimstad, Even Pull Farm: Beth and Erik are going into their fifth season as owners and managers of their diversified vegetable operation, leasing just a few acres of farmland in McMinnville. What kind of challenges do beginning farmers face when trying to find the right piece of land to start their farm on? 

WHAT TO EXPECT: Bring friends, family, and neighbors to this conversation about the future of sustainable agriculture in Oregon and find out ways you can help shape your local food system! 

From our 2016 Salem InFARMation series: ‘Who will grow our food? Gilgamesh talk focuses on farmers’ – Salem Statesman Journal, May 2, 2016