Why is Friends of Family Farmers launching a farmer-membership program?
Over the last dozen years FoFF has grown into an important voice for Oregon’s independent family farmers, food advocates and concerned citizens.
What unites us? Our shared belief that we need a food system that respects the land, treats animals humanely, sustains local communities, and provides a viable livelihood for family farmers.
We’ve had some big victories along the way. We’ve stopped several factory farm proposals from running roughshod over neighboring farms and communities. And we’ve put in place valuable support mechanisms for family farms, like the Oregon Pasture Network and Oregon FarmLink.
But there’s MUCH more that needs to be done. That’s why the board and staff at Friends of Family Farmers have developed a new Strategic Plan full of ambitious ideas to accomplish three connected goals:
- More Oregonians valuing and acting to support small and mid-sized family farms.
- Public policies more favorable to small and mid-sized family farms.
- More Oregon land in production consistent with family farm values, and less in industrial agriculture.
But we don’t want to just advance these goals. We want to knock them out of the park!
To do that, Friends of Family Farmers needs to mobilize a far larger and more diverse base of supporters who’ll speak up and act on behalf of family farms.
And that’s where FoFF’s new farmer membership program comes in as both a source of steady financial support and as a tool through which to mobilize family farmers.
Didn’t you already have a membership program?
While we’ve always sought for and received donations from hundreds of Oregonians and Oregon farms each year, we have not previously treated these donations as membership.
The vast majority of FoFF resources have come from foundations. While we are grateful for this institutional support, we know our long-term health as an organization requires a much larger base of individuals and farms in Oregon who invest annually in the organization with a steady flow of donations.
What does it mean to become a “farmer member” of Friends of Family Farmers?
Farmer members own or manage a family farm and sign on to give at least $5/month (or give $60 or more annually).
Go here to see what we mean by “family” farm.
Are there benefits that come with membership?
For now, the benefit is the great feeling you’ll get knowing that Friends of Family Farmers has the resources to serve as your voice in Salem and in communities across the state promoting policies and tools that support family farms.
After we hit a few hundred farmer members, we hope to negotiate options to provide our members with discounted rates for liability insurance as well as farm supplies. We’ll start by consulting our initial members about what discounts they would find most valuable and pursue those accordingly.
Will my name be listed publicly as a farmer member?
We plan to list our farmer members publicly on our website starting in the beginning of 2020. However, if you would like your name (and the name of your farm) to remain anonymous, we can accommodate that request.
Must the membership donation be from the farm or can it be from an individual?
Your donations can come either from an individual credit card or bank account or one owned by the legal entity that operates your farm. You can give through our webpage donation form.
What if I don’t want to give online?
If you’d rather make a one-time membership donation via check, you can make it out to FoFF and send to 249 Liberty St. NE, #212, Salem, OR 97301. Just insert a note saying “farmer member” on the check or a slip of paper.
What if we’re supporters, but don’t own or manage a family farm?
Friends of Family Farms separately mobilizes financial support via our “Eater” program from those who share our belief that we need a food system that respects the land, treats animals humanely, sustains local communities, and provides a viable livelihood for family farmers.
Public donations of any size are encouraged! Eaters, please go here to donate.