We’re hiring short-term Community Organizers for our Farmer & Rancher Day of Action

Friends of Family Farmers
is seeking part time, temporary Community Organizers for
Farmer and Rancher Day of Action!
at the Capitol in Salem
Wednesday March 27, 2019

Farmer Rancher Day of Action is a one day opportunity for family farmers, ranchers and all those who support good food come to the Capitol and let our decision-makers and the public know that Family Farms Mean Business!

Do you appreciate good food and local farms? Do you like networking and building relationships? We are seeking enthusiastic community organizers to help us expand our reach and ensure a great turnout at our Day of Action. We’ll have educational events in the morning, a rally on the Capitol steps around noon, and a Farmers Market in the Capitol galleria. There will also be opportunities to meet directly with legislators. Light breakfast and a catered lunch is provided to all attendees.

Activities Involved

Organizers will work with FoFF staff to identify and recruit 5 to 10 family farmers, ranchers, or good food supporters to travel to Salem for the Day of Action from one of the following four regions: 1) Southern Oregon/Rogue Valley, 2) Northeast (Wallowa, Umatilla, Baker, Union and Grant counties), 3) the South Coast, and 4) the North Coast.

Widely advertise the Day of Action throughout your region to small farms, farmers markets and food communities; make phone calls with lists supplemented by FoFF staff; post flyers in strategic places; attend community events where likely attendees will be present, and generally talk up the event whenever possible.

Escort or arrange transportation for attendees to Salem to participate in the entire day’s activities, including morning workshops, rally, and meetings with legislators. FoFF will pay for transportation to and from Salem, either by mileage reimbursement or by renting a car or van. Organizer will work with FoFF staff on a transportation plan and budget for their region.

Generate and maintain community Facebook event; regularly share FoFF posts on social media to generate excitement. Anything else you can think of that will help recruit, and ensure attendance from your region.

What we’re looking for: Demonstrated commitment to FoFF mission and vision
Organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong social media skills
A cell phone, valid Oregon driver’s license and good driving record

Duration: Date of hire until March 28, 2019. Applications accepted until position is filled.

Compensation: $500, to be paid in full on March 28, 2019

For more information or to apply: Contact Shari Sirkin, info@friendsoffamilyfarmers.org

Please include a cover letter or resume and relevant experience. Thanks!

Friends of Family Farmers strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply.

FoFF’s 2019 Policy Agenda and Listening Session Recap

We are pleased to announce that we’ve completed our 2018 Farmer and Rancher Listening Session Report & 2019 Policy Recommendations!

View the Full Report Here

Local farmers & ranchers vote on the top issues at our Listening Session in Astoria.

From December 2017 to May 2018, FoFF organized and facilitated 19 Farmer & Rancher Listening Sessions across Oregon. We invited producers out to local Grange halls, libraries, and breweries to talk about the issues impacting their farming operations and to brainstorm potential solutions.

Over 200 farmers and ranchers helped us identify several priority issues and we used this input to develop proactive policy proposals and program work outlined in the report. While a wide range of issues were raised at our Listening Sessions last year, several emerged as priority topics. As usual, small and mid-sized family farmers face significant challenges. Oregon’s family farmers especially need assistance in the following areas, including:

  1. Access to Land & Capital
  2. Access to Small Farm Meat Processing Infrastructure
  3. Expanding Opportunities for Agritourism
  4. Water Conservation

As the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session begins, we urge Oregon decision-makers to take action to address these issues. You can help amplify our voice demanding policies that benefit Oregon small and mid-sized family farms. On March 27th, 2019 we will be holding a day of action at the State Capitol in Salem to support legislation addressing these priorities. We will offer workshops in the morning to fill you in on food and farm issues, hold a rally on the Capitol steps, and provide opportunities for you to weigh in on legislation impacting local food systems and family farmers. Join us for the day and together we can show decision-makers that Family Farms Mean Business!