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Give!Guide

We are participating in Willamette Week's Give!Guide this year. Visit FoFF's Give!Guide page to donate. Donations will be matched through generous contributions from Grand Central Bakery, Organic Valley and more!

Volunteer for FoFF

Call for writers! We are looking for folks interested in visiting our Pro Pasture partners to write about their operations. We also have opportunities for farmer interviews to highlight iFarm participants and seed farmers. Email Heather for further details.

Pasture Raised Alternatives

FoFF farmers are in the news as Oregon's family scale, small poultry producers are stepping up to meet demand as more and more consumers seek pasture raised  alternatives to factory farmed turkey and chicken this Thanksgiving.
Still time to Comment on FSMA (deadline extended)
 
Did you get a chance to comment on our nation's first major food safety overhaul since 1938? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the comment deadline until TOMORROW, November 22nd for the draft rules on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
 
FSMA gives the FDA broad new powers to prevent food safety problems, detect and respond to food safety issues, and improve the safety of imported foods. However, as written, FDA's proposed FSMA rules would overburden the nation's fresh produce farmers, penalize sustainable and organic farming practices, make it even more difficult for beginning farmers to start their enterprise, and reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities.
 
If you haven't already commented, or if you have additional comments you'd like to submit, contact FDA today. Comment on the Produce Rule here, and on the Preventative Controls Rule here.
 
For information about FSMA and how to comment, view FoFF's FSMA page, as well as the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's (NSAC's) page.

Give!Guide
 
Through the Willamette Week Give!Guide (G!G), you can donate directly to Friends of Family Farmers between now and the end of the year. Just visit FoFF's Give!Guide page and donate there (we are under the Social Action category) to have your donations matched by Grand Central Bakery, Organic Valley and others. FoFF is aiming to raise $10,000, like G!G has enabled other organizations to do in the past.
 
Also, be sure to attend our December 10th InFARMation at the Holocene in Portland, where we'll be throwing a Give!Guide giving party with some of the other great food and farm related non-profits in the 2013 Give!Guide. This night promises to be fun and inspirational. Check out our Give!Guide video below to see what it's all about! 

 
Let the Farming Conferences Begin!
 
At FoFF, farmers' and ranchers' slow season is our busy season. Each fall and winter we get to travel the state, learning from and meeting farmers and ranchers at Oregon's numerous educational conferences. Here are some of the great educational and networking events coming up this season:
 
Grow the Coast11/23/13, Seaside
Cascadia Grains Conference, 1/11/14, Tacoma, WA 
North Willamette Horticulture Society, Meetings: Organic Crops Section 1/14/14; Vegetable Section, 1/15/14; Berry Section 1/16/14, all in Canby
Western Treasure Vally Ag Show, Succession workshop, 1/17/14, Enterprise
Wholesale Success Planning (for produce growers),1/20/14, Hood River
Wholesale Success Planning (for produce growers),1/21/14, Yamhill County
Wholesale Success Planning (for produce growers),1/22/14, Corvallis/Albany
EcoFarm Conference, 1/22/14-1/25/14, Pacific Grove, CA 
Wholesale Success Planning (for produce growers),1/23/14, Southern Oregon
Organic Seed Growers Conference 1/30/14-2/1/14, Corvallis
Local Food Connection, 2/3/14, Eugene
Small Farms Conference, 2/22/14, Corvallis
Portland Farmer-Chef Connection3/3/14, Portland
Living on a Few Acres (LOAFA)3/15/14, Bend
 
For additional upcoming events, view FoFF's online community calendar.
 
To get notices about upcoming workshops, conferences, and events that are especially useful for beginning farmers, join the FarmON! listserve by emailing farmonoregon@gmail.com.
 
Let us know of any upcoming events by emailing info@friendsoffamilyfarmers.org.

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