Muckboots in the Capitol - Take Action to Support Family Farms at the Oregon Legislature!

The 2019 Oregon Legislature is in full swing. That means it's time for the return of our 'Muckboots in the Capitol' blog to keep you up to date on some of the most important food and farm legislation being debated in Salem right now. We are working on a wide range of issues we heard about from farmers and ranchers across the state during our 2018 Listening Session tour. Specifically, we are supporting bills to address beginning farmer access to land, provide new funding for Double Up Food Bucks programs, take on climate change and water issues, enhance on-farm agritourism opportunities, increase funding for organic programs, and more. It's a big year and we're going to need your help!

On March 27th, 2019 we will be holding our biennial 'Family Farms Mean Business' Rally and day of action at State Capitol in Salem to support legislation addressing these issues. This event is for both farmers and eaters, featuring morning policy workshop, a rally on the Capitol steps at midday, and meetings with your Legislators throughout the day. We will be providing a continental breakfast, lunch, and facilitating transportation for those who RSVP in advance. Join us for the day and together we can show decision-makers that Family Farms Mean Business! Sign up to attend at the link below.

InFARMation Returns February 27 to Central Oregon

What does it mean to be farming in the midst of climate change? Can agriculture be a part of the solution? What is your role in building a sustainable food system in Oregon? We will tackle questions like these and more at an upcoming InFARMation event in Portland and Bend in February.

InFARMation: Land, Soil, Water, and Farmers: The Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Oregon

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6-8:30 pm - Jackson's Corner East, 1500 NE Cushing Drive - Bend

Over 60 folks came out to our Salem InFARMation on February 12 to hear from farmers and OSU experts on issues ranging from soil health and water conserving farming techniques, to beginning farmer access to land. The Central Oregon InFARMation event on Wednesday, February 27 will also feature a panel of local farmers talking about local issues related to climate, water, agritourism and more. 

Join us for a free fun and informative evening and find out how YOU can get involved on behalf of family farmers to help shape our local food systems.

Business Support Spotlight: United Insurance Agencies

One of our newest business supporters, United Insurance Agencies provides specialty business insurance and workers' compensation programs for small to mid-size businesses in Oregon. They specialize in farms, ranches, wineries, vineyards and more. We'd like to thank United Insurance Agencies and all of the members of our Business Circle for their generous contributions in helping keep Oregon a great place to live and farm. 

With the 2019 Legislative Session in full swing, we have a lot of work ahead. If you haven't donated to Friends of Family Farmers this year, please consider making a donation today to support our work this year. 

Calendar of Events

February 23: Friendly Farmers Cocktail Hour - Corvallis, after the Small Farms Conference

February 25-26: Produce Grower Food Safety Workshop - Aurora

February 27: InFARMation - Land, Soil, Water and Farmers: The Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Central Oregon - Bend

February 27: Organic Table Grape Management - Rickreall

March 1: Northwest Youth and Garden Network, Winter Gathering​ - Salem

March 6: Changing Hands: Farm Transfer and Land Access Workshop - Corvallis

March 9: Living on a Few Acres Conference - Redmond

March 9: Field to Market Workshop: Selling Farm Direct - Aurora

March 10: Fruit Propagation Fair - Canby

March 19-20: Produce Grower Food Safety Workshop - Hood River

March 23: Welding and Basic Metalwork for Small Farms - Medford

March 27, 2019: Family Farms Mean Business Day at the State Capitol - Salem

March 28: Managing Organic Matter for Healthy Soils and Productive Crops - Central Point

April 13: Soil School - Portland

Do you have an upcoming event you'd like to put in our Calendar? Submit your event here for consideration. 


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

The voice for Oregon family farmers that responsibly steward their land and feed our communities. 

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