Southern Oregon Family Farmers Defeat Goliath!
In the May 20 primary election, voters in southern Oregon's Jackson and Josephine Counties overwhelmingly passed measures to ban genetically engineered crops. The campaigns, led by local family farmers concerned about the lax oversight of genetically engineered crops by the state and federal governments, prevailed despited record breaking spending by Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow Agrosciences and other out-of-state companies.
The Jackson County measure requires that all genetically engineered crops be removed from the county within 1 year. Jackson County was allowed to enact its measure after the Oregon Legislature banned all counties except Jackson from adopting local seed and food ordinances in late 2013. For this reason, the future of Josephine County's measure is uncertain.
Despite being outspent, the Jackson County measure passed by a 2-1 landslide. More than 150 local family farms supported the measure, organizing under the banner of the Our Family Farms Coalition. We believe the decisive Jackson and Josephine County votes demonstrate strong bipartisan support across Oregon for stronger oversight and regulation of genetically engineered crops that pose economic risks for so many of Oregon's family farmers.
Also on May 20, voters in Jackson County overwhelmingly passed a new Agricultural Extension District, which will help ensure consistent funding for educational and technical programs that aid farmers across southern Oregon.
Friends of Family Farmers is proud to have supported both of these important farmer-led efforts.
FoFF's Leah Rodgers Selected as Terra Madre Delegate
Every two years, Slow Food Portland selects local farmers, activists and leaders to attend Terra Madre, the international Slow Food conference in Turin, Italy. This year, FoFF Deputy Director Leah Rodgers has been chosen as one of the Oregon delegates for this prestigious event. Being selected is a great honor that speaks significantly to the expertise and enthusiasm that both Leah and Friends of Family Farmers bring to Oregon's food and farming conversation. Click here to find out how you can support Leah and the other Oregon delegates in representing our region at Terra Madre.
Dine Out and Drink for FoFF!
On Wednesday, July 9 Portland taqueria Porque No? will be donating 15% of sales to Friends of Family Farmers from both its SE Hawthorne and N Mississippi locations! Porque No? works to support the local economy by supporting local farmers and providing living wage jobs for its employees, in addition to supporting non-profit organizations like FoFF.
Coava Coffee in Portland is also donating $1 to FoFF from every bag of their Santa Sofia single-origin coffee. Coava promotes sustainable farming practices by maintaining relationships with conscientious producers worldwide.
If your store, business or restaurant would like to support FoFF this year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We have many sponsorship opportunities.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
June 4 - Financing our Foodshed Lecture (Portland)
June 4 - Forage Management Workshop (Corvallis)
June 6 - Sourcing Organic Seed Webinar
June 6/7 - Tractor Safety Class (Corvallis)
June 10 - InFARMation and Beer! - Participatory Plant Breeding (Portland)
June 10 - Weed Management for Riparian Areas (Central Point)
June 11 - Strawberry Production Open House (Aurora)
June 11 - Food Safety for Value-Added Producers and Farmers (Hood River)
June 12 - Pasture Management and Soil Health Field Tour (Corvallis)
June 12 - Edible Portland Local Food Hero Awards (Portland)
June 12 - Practical Soil Biology Webinar
June 13/14 - Tractor Safety Class (Corvallis)
June 26 - Pasture Management and Soil Health Field Tour (Corvallis area/Alsea)
June 30 - Managing Dryland for Livestock (Central Point)
Additional events can be viewed on our Community Calendar. Have a farmer event in your community that we can share with our farmers and supporters? Please contact Leah.