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Stop Monsanto's Special Deal in Salem

Governor Kitzhaber and legislative leaders are planning to include the 'Oregon Monsanto Protection Act' (SB 633) in a large tax/pension reform package up for a vote in Salem on September 30. Please act TODAY to urge your legislators to oppose all components of any package that contains SB 633, which would block local food and agriculture policies.

Success through iFarm

iFarm helped Nathan Moomaw (above) of Moomaw Family Farm find property in Molalla. iFarm is a land and resource connection service with an online database that will help us grow our own next generation of family farmers. This program has had over 550 participants and facilitated over thirty matches around the state since we began in the fall of 2009. Follow iFarm on Twitter @ifarmoregon or email us.

Give Guide 

We are thrilled to be included in this year's Willamette Week Give!Guide. In the tradition of giving, and working with our community to build a better Portland, we hope you will join us in the coming season of generosity and good spirit. Stay tuned for events and ways to participate beginning November 6th
Oregon Legislature/Governor Include Pro-GE Bill in Pension/Tax Package - Take Action TODAY!

This past legislative session, small farm, public interest and organic food producers and supporters cheered the demise of SB 633, called by some the Oregon Monsanto Protection Act, which was aimed at blocking local communities from requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods and establishing policies on GE crops. Such local efforts are important due to a longstanding lack of action from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Governor, and the Legislature on these issues and because federal regulatory oversight of GE crops and foods has in many ways failed.

Now, Governor Kitzhaber and the Legislature are using this bill as a 'trading chip' to grease the wheels of a complicated pension and tax reform package up for a vote in a September 30 special legislative session. To stop this undemocratic, special interest giveaway, please take action TODAY to urge your legislators to 'oppose all aspects of any package that contains the GE local pre-emption bill/SB 633.'

Email your state legislators at
http://www.findoregonlegislator.com/writelegislator.aspx

Contact Governor Kitzhaber and express your concerns over his support for including the bill in the so-called 'grand bargain' - http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/ShareYourOpinion.aspx

Click here to learn more.

Growing the Next Generation of Oregon Farmers

The average age of Oregon farmers is 58.5. Unless we offer necessary support to the next generation of farmers, we stand to lose much of our farmland, and access to local food. To become successful, these new farmers need hands-on training, land, and a strong and supportive community network.  

Friends of Family Farmers' Next Generation Program helps connect farmers to land and community, and our
Employment & Training resources page lists many of the training programs available throughout the state. Here we provide information about these programs and how you can become involved.

Training: For those interested in learning how to farm, many classes and programs exist around the state:

  • Beginning Urban Farmer Program (BUFA) is a season-long training program in Portland. 2014 applications accepted November 15th until January 13th, 2013.
  • Growing Farms courses are offered by OSU Extension around the state. You can register for the upcoming Portland course, offered on Wednesdays from September 25 – October 30, 2013 at 5:00pm-8:30
  • Headwaters Incubator Program in Sandy, a program of the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, will begin taking applications soon for 2014 plots.
  • Rogue Farm Corps in the Applegate Valley is a comprehensive farming internship program that incorporates classroom and hands-on learning. Applications become available in November.
  • Urban Agriculture Certificate Program at Clackamas Community College, a new certificate program that provides a pathway to a career in small farm operation.
Land: For those interested in leasing, buying, or finding a business partnership on farm land, and those with land to offer, see iFarm, Oregon's online agricultural landlink, and a project of Friends of Family Farmers. iFarm has had over 550 participants and facilitated over thirty matches around the state since we began in the fall of 2009.  
Community: For those interested in building community around agriculture while participating in skill-shares, potlucks, hoe downs, and more, sign up for FarmON!, the Oregon chapter of the National Young Farmers' Coalition and a project of FoFF.  

Join the movement: To hear about upcoming events and opportunities for beginning farmers you can friend FarmON! on Facebook, and you can join the listserve by emailing farmonoregon@gmail.com.
  • Advertise your events: Let us know if you would like us to spread the word to your fellow farmers about your upcoming events, farm tours, crop mobs, and harvest parties.
Benefit Dinner a Huge Success

Fun was had by all at FoFF's first annual benefit dinner in late August. Around one hundred guests joined FoFF staff at
Dancing Roots Farm in Troutdale for a delicious 5-course meal prepared by Chef David Anderson of The Original Dinerant. Guests heard music by blues diva Ellen Whyte on vocals and guitar, Jean-Pierre Garau on keyboards and vocals, and Farmer Bryan Dickerson on saxophone. There was also a silent auction, loaded with goods and services from generous donors who support our mission.

We extend a huge thanks to the almost 200
donors and 25 volunteers who made this event possible. Thanks also to our wonderful guests!  We hope to see you again next year.

Dine out for FoFF at Besaw's

In our effort to promote sustainable agriculture in Oregon we are grateful for partners who help us on our mission. Besaw's is one such place. A  popular cafe and meeting place in their neighborhood, with a reputation for a stiff drink, a scrumptious meal and lively conversation – its core foundation was clear. Besaw's ethos is a simple one: providing delicious, seasonal and local food and drink, with genuine warmth of heart. Established over 100 years ago Besaw's continue to source their ingredients from a number of sustainable Oregon farmers like FoFF members, KooKoolan Farms. Their commitment to community extends beyond sourcing smartly and into promoting non-profits with missions to make a difference. We are delighted to be the featured charity next month and receive 10% from dinner sales for all of October. We hope you will stop in to support them and our work in doing so.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Sept. 20th - Poultry 101 (Grants Pass)
Sept. 28th - 
Real Food Cascadia Food Sovereignty Convergence (Bend) 
Sept. 28th- 29th -
Flock and Fiber Festival (Canby)
Oct. 8th - InFARMation at Holocene (Portland)

Additional events can be viewed on our Community CalendarHave a farmer event in your community that we can share with our farmers and supporters? Please contact Leah.
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