Call for writers! We are looking for folks interested in visiting ourPro Pasture partnersto 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 22ndfor 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.
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 10thInFARMation 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: