Slow Flowers and Native Bees

Session 3 of Our Family Farm’s The Future of Farming…is Regenerative, a six part series to learn about and implement regenerative agriculture practices on your farm or in your garden.

We will visit Le Mera Gardens field with Joan Thorndike, who has been farming organic, fresh cut flowers in Southern Oregon’s Rogue River Valley since 1992.

The Slow Flowers Movement aspires to reclaim the act of flower growing, recognizing it as a relevant and respected branch of domestic agriculture. Slow Flowers connects consumers with the source of their flowers, putting a human face of the flower farmer and floral designer behind each arrangement.

Bring a pair of garden clippers or even kitchen scissors so all can cut some fresh flowers to take home.

$30 day of the event
$25 with Preregistration
$20 for Our Family Farms members

The Future of Farming…is Regenerative

The Future of Farming is a six part learning series about Regenerative agriculture. We will begin by laying the foundation for theory about regenerative agriculture, then the series will focus on connecting theory with practices in-the-field, and conclude with examples of farms that have successfully implemented these principles.

Sign up for the full series for $130 or attend any session for $30.

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SESSION 1: Featuring Dr. Ray Seidler, retired EPA scientist
1A: Regenerating Soils: The Case for Smart Agriculture Part 1
April 14 from 1-4 pm with tour of Verdant Phoenix Farm

1B: Regenerating Soils: The Case for Smart Agriculture Part 2
April 28 from 1-4 pm with tour of Tikkun Olam Research Farm

SESSION 2: Featuring Prof. Cindy Daley, Chico State University
2A: Why Regenerative Agriculture? Why Now?
May 9 – 6-8 pm – HEC in Medford

2B: How to Build On-Farm Resilience Through Regenerative Ag
May 10 – 6-8 pm – Phoenix Civic Center

SESSION 3: Slow Flowers and Native Bees
June 9 – 1-4 pm – Phoenix Civic Center

SESSION 4: Farming in the Forest
July 21 – 1-4 pm – Willow Witt Ranch

SESSION 5: Dry Farming for the Future
Aug 11 – 1-4 pm – Ridgeline Meadows Farm

SESSION 6: Future of Farming
Oct 11 – 1-4 pm – Phoenix Civic Center

Map of My Kingdom: One-Woman Play on Farmland Transition

Who’s going to get the farm, and what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Or have you even started to think that far ahead?

Map of my Kingdom, a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition. In the drama, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land successions.

Doors open at 6:00 with the one-hour performance beginning at 6:30. The event includes a brief panel discussion facilitated by Mary Swander. A $10 donation is requested.

This event is made possible with generous contributions from Gorge Grown Food Network, Columbia Gorge Winegrowers, Six Rivers Mediation Center, Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, Solstice Wood Fire Cafe & Bar, Peoples Company and private donors.

Seed Harvesting and Cleaning Event

Join us for instructional demonstrations of small-scale seed harvesting and seed cleaning along with a farmer discussion panel on seed production. Demonstrations will focus on the timing, harvest, threshing, screening and winnowing of seed crops including tools and equipment used.
Following the demonstrations, a panel of four experienced local seed farmers will discuss the logistics, joys and challenges of small-scale organic seed production.

Our Family Farm’s Annual Seed to Table Dinner

Please join Our Family Farms for our 5th Annual Seed to Table dinner on Sunday, September 16 at 5:30 pm at Troon Vineyard in Grants Pass, Oregon. Executive Chef Tim Keller will gather foods and flavors from the neighborhood and prepare a Four-course Dinner paired with local libations.

Come enjoy the local harvest, celebrate living in a GE Free Seed Sanctuary, and help us recognize volunteers and legislators that are supporting our work to create a thriving food and agricultural system with seed diversity and farmable land for generations to come.

Celebrate Rogue Valley Terroir

Come explore and taste local food, wine, cider and fruits of the Rogue Valley which have their own distinct flavor based on a combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives the bounty of our region it’s own distinctive character or terroir.

Our Family Farms is proud to host this farm to table tasting as part of our monthly learning series, The Future of Soil: Ensuring Resilient Food and Agricultural Systems. This final session of the series will celebrate local food and flavors.

Bring a quart jar of your own soil to add to our educational soil display.

Irrigation Efficiency Workshop

Learn how to save water and money by improving irrigation efficiency on your property. Great for farmers and gardeners alike.
Will cover topics such as converting to drip irrigation, sprinkler efficiency, moisture monitoring, frequency and duration of watering.

Spring Plant Sale

Help support the work of the Home Orchard Society and go home with a few new plants!

The Home Orchard Society has been sharing our love of backyard fruit growing for the last 40 + years. We invite you to join in the fun and grow some fruit!

What’s available? …

-dwarf and semi dwarf fruit trees (newly grafted): apple (30+ varieties!!!), European pear, Asian pear, plums, figs
-blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, thimbleberries, strawberries, lingonberries, currants, evergreen huckleberries

Our friends at Wild Oaks Nursery will have nice selection of PNW native plants and Permaculture Rising is joining us with lots of vegetable starts, medicinal/culinary herbs, and pollinator and wildlife friendly plants.

And what fruit lover’s festival would be complete without homemade jams and jellies???? Our friend Sarah Smith makes unique jams and jellies from some of the more unusual fruits we run across…cornelian cherry jelly and Chinese hawthorn butter are a couple of our favorites!!! Come check out some of her Smiths Home Harvest Preserves.


Los oficiales del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU, La Comisión de Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo de EE.UU, el Estado de Oregón OSHA, BOLI, y el WorkSource Woodburn brindarán capacitación gratuita para informar de los requisitos laborales relativos a los obreros migratorios, estacionales, y contratados bajo la visa H-2A. Proporcionarán información sobre las horas trabajadas, mantenimiento de registros, salarios, transporte, vivienda, normas de sanidad, leyes que hacen ilegal discriminar y hostigar a un empleado, y más.

The Future of Soil

“Pest Management beyond Neonicotinoids: Predatory Insects and Regenerative Agriculture” with Dr. Jonathan Lundgren.

Dr. Jonathan Lundgren has won prestigious awards for his ground breaking work, and is regarded as one of the top scientists in the country specializing in applied entomology and agroecology. As director of ECDYSIS Foundation and CEO of Blue Dasher Farm, Dr. Lundren has combined multidisciplinary research to develop sustainable farm management systems that use biodiversity as a tool to rebuild soil health and profitably produce nutrient dense foods.

He will share his ecologically based agriculture techniques with the Rogue Valley on March 20th as part of Our Family Farms six session series to learn more about soil health and how to preserve it for future generations. Agricultural professional session from 1-4 pm and Community session from 6-8 pm.