InFarmation – How to buy meat direct from farm

Thursday, November 14th at Marys River Grange (24707 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath)
Doors open at 6:00pm; Event from 6:30-8:30pm

Buying local meat can be a daunting task. Who do you buy from? Does it matter if the meat was ”pasture raised”? What does buying “half a cow” mean? We’re tackling these questions and more as we dive into the why and how to purchase local meat with local producers, butchers, and consumers. Join us for a panel discussion, Q&A, and a ”meat and greet” with local producers. InFARMation sessions are educational events that brings eaters and farmers together to talk about the most pressing issues facing Oregon’s family farms and sustainable local food systems.

This event is free.

Presented by Friends of Family Farmers and OSU Extension Small Farms Program.

Contact with any questions.

Poultry Processing Facility & Farm TOUR

Join us for our “Second Saturday Stroll” through the farm, bring a mug and we’ll provide the hot coffee and a morning treat! Come see the entire farm with us as the owners John & Geoff take you on a guided tour to meet all the animals. We will talk in depth about our sustainability, methods, and plans. You’ll get to see the entire “farm-to-table” process from chick, to pasture, to processing, to packaging. We’ll also visit all the animals and see how they play a major role in the sustainable cycle on our farm. Cows, pigs, laying hens, broilers, baby chicks, turkeys in the fall, the brooder, the processing facility and more!

Pastured Poultry Workshop

Pastured Poultry Workshop

Corvallis, OR
August 15-16, 2018
8:30 AM-4:00 PM each day
Want to improve your Pastured Poultry Production & Support Network?
Organizers: Oregon State University, University of California Extension, UC Davis & the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and its ATTRA project.
Whether you are an aspiring or beginning farmer, or a few years into your business, this workshop will address topics to support the development of your poultry enterprise.

Special Guest Speakers:
o Lauren Gwin, Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN): Processing and Regulations
o Local Pastured Poultry Farmer (to be announced): Raising and Marketing Pastured Eggs & Meat

Discussion Topics:
• Preventive Health
• Feeding and Nutrition
• Housing and Equipment Systems Design
• Regulations: Options for Processing and Marketing
• Efficient Recordkeeping to Support Decision-Making
Cost of the workshop is $40, which includes lunch and a light breakfast both days and educational materials.
To Register
For more information, contact NCAT Specialist Ann Baier by email or call 530-792-7338

The Oregon Pasture Network is Officially Launched!

Farmers and consumers alike haveoregon pasture-smaller shown a growing interest in humane, environmentally friendly meat, egg and dairy products. Consumers want to buy them and farmers want to produce them. With growing concerns about factory farming practices and its health and environmental impacts, pasture-raised animal husbandry holds a lot of appeal. Friends of Family Farmers (FoFF) aims to support these burgeoning interests and connections through their newly-launched initiative: the Oregon Pasture Network (OPN).

OPN Farmer, Jon Bansen, and family

This statewide network will support the growth of pasture-based farming in Oregon. The OPN is a community of farmers, ranchers, food business owners and consumers who share similar values around the way food should be produced. They believe that raising animals on pasture, rather than in confinement, is the most sustainable, humane way to produce animal products.   When asked why he feels the network is important, Jon Bansen, member of OPN’s Farmer Advisory Committee and Organic Valley Co-op producer, said simply “Pasturing is important to our planet. I believe it is the one farming practice that will aid in our fight against global warming through carbon sequestration.”

Jon Carter, OPN Farmer, of Jo Le Farms

The OPN will help these committed farmers by connecting them to each other for networking and support, connecting them to existing resources and expert assistance, and by promoting them to consumers. One exciting way that FoFF intends to do this is by creating Oregon’s first-ever, statewide pastured producers’ directory so that consumers and food business owners can find the sort of meat, eggs and dairy they are seeking.

Gus and Margot Liszka, OPN Farmers, of Naked Acres

The Oregon Pasture Network is the newest iteration of FoFF’s popular “Pro Pasture” campaign, launched in 2013, which centered on encouraging farm-direct purchasing and farm-to-table restaurant connections to support pasture-based livestock producers. The OPN will provide new and improved support to Oregon’s dedicated pasture-based livestock producers through membership-based activities, educational opportunities, networking and market promotion. More information is available on the OPN webpage or by calling 503-581-7124, or emailing OPN @