Portland's 3rd Annual Fill Your Pantry A Smashing Success!

FoFF's 3rd annual Portland Fill Your Pantry took place Sunday, December 3rd at The Redd, a new venue generously donated by Ecotrust. More than 400 enthusiastic attendees showed up for this one-day bulk buying event, supporting the 25 local farms and ranches that participated. Portland's Fill Your Pantry generated nearly $60,000 in economic activity for these smaller producers in a single day, demonstrating the positive impact of supporting our local food system. 

The event was a hit for both consumers and farmers. According to Elizabeth Miller from Minto Island Growers, "Fill Your Pantry was an incredibly positive event for our farm. The pre-sale opportunity made for easier preparation and planning and came at a key point in a tough cash flow time of the year. On the day of, spirits were so high among shoppers and other producers. A huge thanks to the FoFF staff for organizing such a successful day for the food community - this is becoming one of our favorite sales opportunities of the season."

One participant, Nancy Bond, had this to say: “A giant THANK YOU for putting on another successful, fun, beautiful event!! The venue was terrific. You all were super organized (including helping folks park and providing wagons), the vendors had beautiful displays, everyone seemed well organized and prepared, and every customer walked around grinning.”  

While FoFF organized Portland's Fill Your Pantry, partner groups like Ten Rivers Food Web, Willamette Food and Farm Coalition, Central Oregon Locavore and Gorge Grown Food Network organized similar Fill Your Pantry events in Corvallis, Eugene, Redmond and Hood River this year. Fill Your Pantry is increasingly becoming a great end-of-year tradition across the state!

In conjunction with the Portland Fill Your Pantry, Friends of Family Farmers also partnered with the Culinary Breeding Network and OSU's Squash Project to host Oregon's first Sagra, or local food festival, to celebrate the abundance and diversity of winter squash grown in our state. Local chefs gave out samples of tasty dishes made with squash prepared in a wide variety of ways. There was a squash butchery demonstration, kids activities, and OSU researchers were there to discuss the many varieties of winter squash grown by farmers in Oregon. For more background, information, recipes and videos, check out www.eatwintersquash.com

Thanks to everyone that helped make these events happen! If you didn't make it to Portland's Fill Your Pantry, check out our photo album from the event or our @FoFFintheField Instagram page. We hope to see you next year.

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"Friends of Family Farmers is a tremendous asset to Oregon's independent family farms and to those who appreciate our burgeoning local food system. Their multi-pronged approach focuses on statewide policy, education, and connecting eaters with farmers. We are truly thankful!" Mike Guebert and Linda Bangs, Terra Farma, Corbett, OR 

For over 10 years, Friends of Family Farmers (FoFF) has been organizing farmers & eaters in communities across Oregon. Our work educating policy makers about local food systems and agriculture is building a strong base of support for Oregon's socially and environmentally responsible family-scale farmers and ranchers, but we need more voices.

We organize rallies and lobby days at the State Capitol to help farmers and consumers work together to have a positive impact on food and farm policy in Oregon. We develop our program and policy priorities by holding Listening Sessions for farmers and ranchers around the state. We​ operate Oregon Farm Link, Oregon's only land and resource website to connect retiring landowners with beginning farmers.

Through our Oregon Pasture Network (OPN) we support and promote farmers and ranchers who raise animals outdoors, on pasture, in a humane and ecologically sustainable manner. 

We educate and connect eaters directly with farmers and ranchers through our InFARMation programs, Fill Your Pantry, and at events across the state. 

​We stand for small and mid-sized socially responsible family farmers and ranchers​ in Oregon. If it weren't for FoFF, the voices of these farmers would be drowned out by groups that represent big industrial agriculture and petrochemical companies.

Help us strengthen and amplify this work tomorrow and for years to come. ​Please support the future of ​socially responsible agriculture​ in Oregon​​ and make ​a ​donation to ​Friends of Family Farmers.

Calendar of Events

December 13 - Social Media Training for Small Farms - Central Point

December 14 - Orchard Management for Small Farms - Lebanon

December 18 - Mid-Willamette Valley Farmer and Rancher Listening Session - Salem (FoFF Event)

December 21 - Winter Solstice

January 9 - North Willamette Horticulture Society Conference and Trade Show: Vegetable Section - Canby

January 10 - Recipe to Market - Creating Your Own Food Business - Medford

January 10 - North Willamette Horticulture Society Conference and Trade Show: Organic Crops Section - Canby

January 10 - Accepting Food Stamps/SNAP/EBT at Your Farm Stand or CSA - Central Point

January 11 - North Willamette Horticulture Society Conference and Trade Show: Berry Section - Canby

Feb 6 - Starting a Farm Stand Workshop - Central Point

Feb 22 - Pasture Management Course (8 weeks) - Central Point

Feb 24 - Oregon Small Farms Conference - Corvallis

Meet Our Staff: Shari Sirkin

After several years on FoFF's Board of Directors, Shari became our Executive Director in early 2017. She has been a tireless and outspoken supporter of family farmers and comes from a background working in the non-profit sector, as an elementary school teacher, and as a farmer. She and her husband Bryan Dickerson own and operate Dancing Roots Farm, a 10-acre ecologically focused farm in Corbett, OR and have grown vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers for direct market, retail and wholesale customers in the Portland area since 1997. 


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Friends of Family Farmers
249 Liberty St NE, Suite 212
Salem, 97301

We bring together farmers and citizens to shape and support socially and environmentally responsible family-scale agriculture in Oregon.

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