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                                                                            July 2013

RSVP for the Farm to FoFF Benefit Dinner!

Join FoFF and friends at Dancing Roots Farm on August 25th for our first annual Farm to FoFF fundraiser dinner! This will be a celebration of local agriculture, food, music, and the work of Friends of Family FarmersPurchase your ticket today!

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FoFF Finds Success at the Oregon Legislature

Aggie Bonds, Willamette Valley Canola Ban, Small-Scale Poultry Bill and More!

The Oregon Legislature wrapped up its 2013 session on July 8. When the dust had settled, FoFF and our allies won a number of significant victories including:
  • Creating a first-ever Oregon Beginning Farmer and Rancher lending program, also known as Aggie Bonds (HB 2700).
  • Passing a bill to ban commercial canola production until 2019 across the Willamette Valley to protect specialty seed, fresh-market vegetable and organic producers (HB 2427).
  • Stopping the 'Oregon Monsanto Protection Act,' which would have blocked local communities from making local food and farming choices (SB 633).
  • Expanding Oregon's Farm-to-School/School Gardens program (HB 2649).
  • Funding Farm Direct Nutrition Programs for low income seniors and women with infant children (HB 5008).
  • Exempting small-scale poultry producers who sell directly to consumers from costly county permitting requirements (HB 2393).
FoFF would not have been nearly as successful without all of your support. Whether you were one of the 150 participants in our March 18 Small Farmer and Rancher Day at the State Capitol, or one of the thousands who made a call or sent an email to your legislator this session, you made a difference. We also could not have done so much without our dedicated and hard working staff and network of farmers and allies.

If you support the work of FoFF, please consider making a donation today. You can trust that your donation will help us keep making a positive difference for family scale agriculture in Oregon.

Farm-to-FoFF Benefit - August 25, 2013

Get your tickets today!

Join FoFF, our farmers, and many friends for the first annual Farm-to-FoFF-fundraiser dinner! This will be a celebration of local agriculture, food, music, and the work of Friends of Family Farmers.

What: 5-course meal prepared by David Anderson, Executive Chef of The Original Dinerant, who has also worked for Cafe Azul, Southpark, Lauro Kitchen, Vindalho, and (most recently) Bluehour. The evening will begin with a farm tour and the Bryan Dickerson Trio will play jazz throughout the evening. There will also be a silent auction of local items and events.

When: Sunday, August 25th. ”Doors” at 4:30, Farm tour at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30

Where: Dancing Roots Farm, Troutdale (30 minute drive east from Portland)

Cost: $115 per person, Tickets will be available until August 15, or until sold out. We also have half and whole table reservations available. All proceeds go to Friends of Family Farmers. 21 and over please. Purchase tickets online here.

If you would like to donate an item for the meal or silent auction, please email

Shop & Dine in Support of FoFF!

New Ways to Let Merchants Know You Care

  • Join us for another great evening dining out for FoFF on Wednesday, August 14th at Lincoln Restaurant. 10% of your dinner sales will go directly to support the work of Friends of Family Farmers. We hope to see you there! 3808 N. Williams, Portland, 97227 - 503-288-6200.
  • Through September 29th at the Bridgeport Village Whole Foods Market location, you can donate that bag refund to FoFF! (7380 SW Bridgeport Rd. in Tigard, 97224) Those dimes can really add up and will go a long way to support FoFF's farmer campaign.
Do you represent a business that would like to support FoFF? We'd love to talk with you! Contact Lori or give her a call at 503-759-FARM (3276)

Events and Offerings

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

July 26th - 28th - Solwest Fair (John Day)
July 31st   - Sundown at Ecotrust Concert: Honoring Food (Portland)
Aug. 13th  - InFARMation (and Beer!) - Farmworkers in Oregon (Portland)
Aug. 17th  - Pasture Management- OSU Extension SOREC (Jackson Co.)
Aug. 25th  - Farm to FoFF Benefit Dinner (Corbett)
Sept. 7th   - Small Farm School (Oregon City)
Sept. 10th - InFARMation (and Beer!) - Pro Pasture Campaign (Portland)

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.
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