It's Survey Time - Make Your Voice Heard!

Happy New Year! We are heading out across the state in the coming months for our biennial farmer and rancher Listening Sessions. We held our first one in mid-December in Salem with farmers from throughout the mid-Willamette Valley attending. Stay tuned to our Farmer and Rancher Listening Session page for future dates and locations.

In the meantime, we also have two surveys we are asking FoFF supporters to take to help us determine our policy and program priorities over the next few years. One survey is for farmers and ranchers, and the other is for food system stakeholders, including eaters. Please take the survey that applies to you, help us track emerging issues, and make a positive impact for family farmers, ranchers and local food systems in Oregon.

Please Take Our Survey Today!

Supporting Oregon Farmers at Fill Your Pantry Portland 2017 

On December 3rd, 2017, Friends of Family Farmers hosted our 3rd annual Fill Your Pantry at The Redd in Portland. Ecotrust, which manages The Redd, generously donated the space to help make the event happen. Fill Your Pantry is a one day Farmers Market-type event in which community members meet and support their local farmers directly through bulk purchases of produce, meats, honey, preserves and more. Most of the items were ordered online ahead of time which in turn helped farmers and ranchers with planning, harvesting, preparation and loading.

Fill Your Pantry events take place all over the state, organized by different organizations, and have become a financial boon for producers during the slower, winter months. Hundreds of folks attended the Portland event and collectively helped generate over $60,000 in sales that went directly into the pockets of 24 local farms and ranches! We'd like to thank all the vendors and the hundreds of shoppers that came out to make this event such a big success. Check out our latest blog post for more info about the event and photos.  

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 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 different squashes prepared in a wide variety of ways. There was a squash ‘butchery’ demonstration, kids activities, and OSU researchers were there to talk all things squash. For more background, information, recipes and videos, check out

Forage Course Draws Pasture-Based Producers

This past Fall, FoFF sponsored an 8-week "Forage and Pasture Management" course in Salem, led by livestock nutritionist Woody Lane, PhD. 

Forty-four producers participated in the class, with a wide variation of backgrounds and interests, including large and small ranchers and one veterinarian. Attendees came from all across the Willamette Valley and as far away as Nehalem.

They had many types of operations: beef cows, feeder cattle, dairymen, sheep, bison, meat goats, horses, hay, etc. Roughly 1/3 of the attendees were members of FoFF's Oregon Pasture Network. FoFF was able to sponsor the event and provide a significant discount to OPN members through a generous grant from the Bill Healy Foundation.

Calendar of Events

January 11 - Orchard Management on Small Farms - Tangent

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

January 15 - Rogue Farm Corps Internship Application Deadline

January 19-20 - Cascadia Grains Conference - Olympia, WA

January 20 - Hands-On Lambing School - Glide

January 20 - Rural Living Day Workshops - Roseburg

January 22 - Blueberry Pruning Workshop - Salem

January 23 - Tree Fruit Nutrient Management - Dallas, OR

January 24 - Congressman Blumenauer's Food and Farm Public Forum - Portland

January 25 - Orchard Management for Small Farms - Tangent

Feb 2 - Early-bird Registration Deadline - Oregon Small Farms Conference

Feb 3 - Mid-Willamette Valley Food Summit - Salem

Feb 6 - Starting a Farm Stand Workshop - Central Point

Feb 6 - Exploring Small Farm Dream - Philomath

Feb 10 - Field to Market Workshop - Aurora

Feb 14-17 - 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference - Corvallis

Feb 15 - Local Food Buyer/Seller Matchmaking - Hood River

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

Feb 24 - Oregon Small Farms Conference - Corvallis

Meet Our Staff: Natalie Danielson

As FoFF's new Central Oregon based Field Organizer, Natalie Danielson is working to expand Friends of Family Farmers' representation for farmers and ranchers east of the Cascades. Natalie's connection to agriculture started young with many years in 4-H and in helping her family grow and preserve much of their own food. As a fifth-generation Oregonian, she feels a strong connection to the land and a desire to serve farmers and ranchers who prioritize ecologically sound practices. After earning her degree at Oregon State University, Natalie followed her love of high desert ecosystems and moved east to Central Oregon where she became involved in local food system issues.


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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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