Our hearts ache as we see the ongoing violence against black and brown people across the country. We recognize and accept that if we’re not part of the solution, then we’re part of the problem. We stand in solidarity with those fighting for their lives: we see you, we hear you. We commit to being actively anti-racist in our work as an organization and in our personal lives.
Friends of Family Farmers is excited to launch the brand new website for the Oregon Pasture Network(OPN). The OPN website serves as a product guide and an educational resource for customers to find pastured producers in their vicinity. The network has meat of all kinds, dairy, and eggs, and some farms offer veggies as well. With 65 farms across the state, all selling direct to consumers, there is an option for most of us toenjoy the bounty of Oregon’s pastures!
Please join us for our next virtualInFARMation: The Great Oregon Bake Off - Growing, Milling, and Baking Local Grainson Thursday, June 11th at 6:30pm. From growing, to milling to baking, there are plenty of opportunities to support local farms and businesses along the way. Join us for an informational evening on the ins and outs of growing grains, baking with Oregon-grown flours, and get some tips on sourcing flour and achieving loaf perfection.
Although Oregon's small meat producers have been experiencing a bottleneck in processing for years, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse. FoFF is continuing to work to build a long-lasting solution to this problem. Read more about our efforts and how you can help onour blogand join us Thursday, June 25th at 6:30pm for our InFARMation: Pasture to Plate - Breaking Down Small Scale Meat Processing.
Farm Aid's COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative
The concert promoting, family farm advocate and supporterFarm Aidlaunched a Farmer Relief Fund in late April. Their experience dealing with disasters makes clear that quickly-deployed relief money, no matter the amount, is critical to the resilience of farmers navigating crises.
Friends of Family Farmers is on the PNW Team, helping with the process and will be distributing checks to farmers in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
Farmers who have contracted COVID-19 and farmers of color/BIPOC will be prioritized. The very short application window for farmers to apply opens June 8. Watch our website and social media for the link!
Farmers Connecting with Other Farmers
Are you a farmer that realizes food justice is impossible without racial justice? Join us for a round table on current events at our two Farmer Socialsin June on the 15th and 29th from 7:30 to 9:00pm. FoFF has always brought farmers together to share ideas, commiserate on common roadblocks, seek advice and find creative solutions. The virtual Farmer Social is purely a space for farmers to talk with other small and mid-sized Oregon farmers.
As our 2020 Family Farms survey comes to a close, we're thrilled that we have exceeded our goal of 500 responses. Whether you're a farmer, a local food lover, or an advocate, thank you for your input! This information helps guide our advocacy and programming in order to best support Oregon’s small and medium-size socially responsible farmers. We're keeping the survey open until Friday, June 4th and hope to reach our new goal of 700. Thank you so much for your participation and helping spread the word.