Friends of Family Farmers:  Promoting and Protecting Socially Responsible Agricuture in Oregon Today and into the Future.
                                                                           October 2012

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FoFF supporters, join us as members!  Membership supports our programs and shows policy makers that sustainable agriculture is wanted in Oregon. We are happy to sign you up via email, through PayPal, in person, or call us @ 503-759-FARM (3276).

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iFarm Oregon, Oregon's only landlinking database for farmers, is brought to you by the generous funding provided by Spirit Mountain Community Fund and contributions from our members and supporters.  Check out our land opportunities and resources today.

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Canola Hearing Re-Cap and Oct. 5th Deadline

Thanks to everyone who came out to Salem for the canola public hearing and rally to support our specialty seed growers and organic farmers in the Willamette Valley. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) took testimony for hours, primarily from articulate and passionate farmers, ranchers, gardeners and concerned citizens who opposed the rule.  You can read all about our efforts and successes in our Hearing & Rally Report.  We received quite a bit of media coverage you can review and you can view this wonderful photo album to get a real flavor of the event.  

ODA is likely to move forward with their rule that will expand canola planting starting in Spring 2013 despite public opposition. FoFF is taking steps to prevent the expansion of canola production into areas that are currently protected. We need your help. Here's what you can do: To receive action alerts on the canola issue please contact Leah Rodgers, Field Director.   

FoFF Aid - A Musical Benefit on October 11th 

A Night of Music, Food, Farmers and Fun for the 21+ Crowd in Portland 
Join us next Thursday, October 11th, at the Someday Lounge for an evening of entertainment to benefit Friends of Family Farmers.  Bring your friends, family, colleagues and companions as we dance and dine, or sit back and relax, to the musical ministerings of:
The evening's menu is rich with locally sourced ingredients and we'll have several exciting guest speakers.  Tickets are just $10.  Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Click here for more information or contact Lori by email or at 503-759-3276.

Oregon Farmers in the News

ODA Awards Specialty Crop Grants - Congratulations to this year's recipients.
Small Scale Farming Rewards a Hard-Working Couple - Afton Field Farm (Corvallis) 
Columbia Food Platueau Food and Farm Guide (Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties)
Farmer Innovates on Meat Sales to Consumers - Moomaw Family Farm (Molalla)
An Urban Farm Feeds Local Neighborhood with Help from Disabled - Project Grow (Portland)

We are always excited to see Oregon's family farmers, ranchers and small producers highlighted in the media. Please send links to articles for inclusion in future newsletters to Cathy.

Events & Offerings

Mark your calendar now to save the date for these upcoming gatherings and opportunities.

Oct. 8-10 -- OSU Fruit & Vegetable Products Processing Course (Corvallis)
Oct. 8 --Energize Oregon Webinar - (Willamette Vally and Central Coast)
Oct. 9 -- InFARMation (and Beer!) - Biodynamics (Portland)
Oct. 11 -- FoFF Aid Music Benefit at the Someday Lounge (Portland)
Oct. 11 -- GMO Lecture with Jeffrey Smith (Medford)
Oct. 20-21 -- Green Grange Summit Carol Deppe (Hood River)
Oct. 20-21 -- All About Fruit Show  (Canby)
Oct. 22 -- Food and Equity Symposium (Portland)
Oct. 24 -- Food Day Oregon (State-wide events)
Nov. 3 -- Grow the Coast Small Farms Conference Save the Date! (Nehalem)
Nov. 10 -- Thrive Land Connection Workshop (Medford)
Nov. 30 - Oregon Agritourism Summit (Corvallis)
Dec. 3-5 -- Western SARE Conference (Portland)
Feb. 11 - Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the Capitol Save the Date! (Salem)

Additional events can be viewed on our Community Calendar
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