Friends of Family Farmers is the only statewide agricultural organization working to promote and protect socially responsible family farming, ranching and healthy rural communities in Oregon. We engage in a variety of programs and projects that support our mission including our Farmer Campaign, Eater Campaign, Next Generation Campaign and Watchdog Campaign.
Friends of Family Farmers has brought farmers and ranchers together to address the issues facing Oregon agriculture. Through the Agricultural Reclamation Act, a farmer-produced document outlining changes to improve Oregon’s agriculture economy, we are giving farmers a voice and establishing a platform for the future of Oregon’s food and agriculture. Meet Oregon’s socially responsible family farmers and ranchers and learn more about the farmer campaign here.
We might not all be farmers, but we are all eaters! Friends of Family Farmers launched our Eater Campaign to help the public better understand the issues that socially responsible family farmers and ranchers face, and the connection between food and farms in Oregon. From tabling at farmers’ markets and presenting at gatherings, to our long-running InFARMation Series, we work to educate Oregonians about the value of local, sustainable agriculture and family-scale farms.
Next Generation Campaign
The average age of farmers in Oregon is 60 years. Without a plan to get new farmers onto the land, with access to education, financing and markets, we stand to lose 25% to 50% of the land that is currently in agricultural production in the next 20 years according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
In response, Friends of Family Farmers has developed an online database, Oregon Farm Link (formerly iFarm Oregon), that is designed to connect new and young farmers with land and partnerships.
In addition, our Farm On program helps to connect beginning farmers to education, skills and community.
This public oversight program keeps tabs on the corporate agriculture lobby and state and federal agencies charged with promoting and regulating agricultural activities. We also monitor and make the public aware of other threats to Oregon agriculture, such as factory farms moving into rural communities. See what we are keeping our eyes on.
As part of our Watchdog campaign, we support citizens actively participating in building and shaping their agricultural communities. When invited, we can provide assistance to communities who see their local agriculture and their rural way of life being threatened. We are also glad to offer our services to communities who would like to organize and promote socially responsible farming or build a healthy local food system.
Let’s put “culture” back in agriculture, because after all, it’s our backyard.