Friends of Family Farmers:  Promoting and Protecting Socially Responsible Agricuture in Oregon Today and into the Future.
                                                                            February 2013

FoFF Membership

Read one supporter's inspirational essay on why he's a member of FoFF and then join today.  There's a membership plan for every budget! Why are you a member of FoFF? For more information, contact Cathy, or call us @ 503-759-FARM (3276).

Volunteer with FoFF!

Our upcoming event in Salem is an "all hands on deck" opportunity!  We'll need lots of folks to lend a helping hand. Read this month's volunteer highlight - Allea Martin and sign up today or contact Cathy for more information.

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Cultivating a Future for Oregon's Farmers

FoFF's 2013 Legislative Priorities & Rally Day in Salem

The 2013 legislative session is underway! FoFF is leading the charge to pass legislation important for small family farms across Oregon. In fact, two of our bills are among the first to receive public hearings, including HB 2700, which would establish an Oregon Beginning and Expanding Farmer Loan Program (aka Aggie Bonds). Learn more about our 2013 legislative priorities, and take action today!

Tonight's InFARMation (and Beer!) event in Portland provides a great chance for you to learn more about these issues as we talk with State Representative Ben Unger, FoFF Policy Director and farmer Ivan Maluski, and Oregon City Farmers Market Manager Jackie Hammond-Williams.

Also, remember to mark your calendar and RSVP now for our second annual Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the State Capitol. Farmers, ranchers and concerned consumers from around the state will gather in Salem to meet with our legislators to discuss the importance of local agriculture and the need for policies that support our farmers, ranchers and eaters in creating and sustaining the kind of food system we would like to see in our state.  It's a great opportunity to participate first hand in the legislative process and promises to be a fun time for the whole family.

For additional information, or to participate in the Farmers Market Display in the Capital Galleria, contact Leah or call us at 503-759-FARM(3276).

Food & Wine Establishments Support FoFF

Opportunities to Dine, Drink and Donate!

Friend of Family Farmers invites you to support the wonderful businesses that support us! 
  • Johan Vineyards in Rickreal produces socially and environmentally conscious wines under their Farmlands label and generously donates a percentage of their sales from these wines to Friends of Family Farmers each quarter. 
  • Genoa Restaurant in SE Portland offers authentic Italian cuisine and Accanto is their lively cafe next door.  Together, they're hosting a FoFF fundraising dinner on February 20th.  Ten percent of all sales will go directly to support our farmer programs.  Come early, stay late!  Make your reservations today!
  • Food Front Cooperative Grocery has two locations in NW Portland and Hillsdale, making it easier for you to shop there during March and April when they'll be featuring FoFF as their Cash Register Fundraiser.  Purchase local produce and sundries and support sustainable, socially conscious agriculture at the same time.  It couldn't be easier!
  • Plan ahead for March 14th, when Sunshine Tavern will be generously donating 10% of all sales to FoFF.  Enjoy dinner, drinks and shuffleboard in this family friendly establishment and support FoFF all at the same time.
  • Special thanks to Cozmic Pizza in Eugene for their ongoing support of Friends of Family Farmers.  Not only do they donate their space to host our monthly InFARMation (and Beer!) event, they contribute 30% of their sales for the evening as well.  Check them out the first Sunday of the month for good food and lively farmer topics.
Special thanks, also, to Pacific Pie Company in Portland for being an ongoing supporter of FoFF and hosting a Come Eat Pie for FoFF Day on January 15th. We had a fabulous time enjoying delicious sweet and savory pies (and stocked up our freezers to enjoy them at home as well) and received 10% of the day's sales.  A great day all around!

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).

Useful News for and About Farmers

  • USDA Farm Service Agency Micro Loans - New credit option to help small farmers with start-up or operational costs.
  • 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant: The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting concept proposals now.  Deadline is February 18, 2013.
  • ODA Adopts New Canola Rule for the Willamette Valley - Read the latest update and see how you can take action to protect our specialty seed producers.
  • Weigh in on the Food Safety Modernization Act.  These rules are likely to effect all produce growers to some degree, regardless of size, directly or indirectly. Public comment on the draft rules is open until May 16th.
  • OSU Fruit Growing Certificate - 30 hour online course focuses on growing fruit in the Pacific North West.
  • Cattle 101:Raising Cattle on Pasture -- Four session course focuses on pasture based methods, March 9 - May 4 at Community By Design Farm in Sherwood.
  • OSU Growing Farms:  Successful Whole Farm Management - Provides beginning farmers with tools and knowledge needed to manage the biological AND financial aspects of farming.  Courses offered in Southern, Central, North Willamette and South Willamette Valley.
  • Southern Willamette Farm Corps - Join Eugene/Springfield area farmers and farm advocates interested in creating an internship program modeled on the highly popular and successful Rogue Valley Farm Corps on March 4th.
  • USDA Census of Agriculture - It's not to late to submit your census paperwork.  Information gathered helps protect and provide for family scale agriculture.
  • Call out to all artists and designers: Friends of Family Farmers is soliciting new designs for our 2013 t-shirt.  If we choose your design, you'll get a free t-shirt, our deep appreciation and an opportunity to see your creative work displayed on farmers, ranchers and their supporters around the state. Deadline: February 28th.
Know a family farmer or rancher featured in the news, or have information that may be valuable to farmers?  Let us know!

Events and Offerings

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

Feb. 12 - InFARMation (and Beer!): Policy 101 & Canola (Portland)
Feb. 19 - Slow Money:  Investing in Food, Farms and Fertility  (Eugene)
Feb. 20 - FoFF Fundraiser Dinner at Genoa & Accanto Restaurants (Portland)
Feb. 23 - NW Oregon Dairy Goat Association Annual Conference (Clackamas)
Feb. 23 - 2013 Women in Agriculture Conference (Washington State)
Mar. 1 - Oregon Agritourism Summit (Corvallis)
Mar. 2 - Oregon Small Farms Conference Early Registration (Corvallis)
Mar. 3 - InFARMation (and Beer!): Integrated Pest Management: (Eugene) 
Mar. 4 - Farmer Chef Connection (Portland)
Mar. 8 - Rogue Valley Food Summit - (Medford)
Mar. 12 - InFARMation (and Beer!):  Farmers & Technology  (Portland)
Mar. 14 - FoFF All Day Fundraiser at Sunshine Tavern (Portland)
Mar. 16 - Living on a Few Acres Conference (Redmond)
Mar. 18 - Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the Capitol (Salem)
Apr. 17-20 - Small Farmers Journal Auction & Swap (Madras)

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 Cathy.
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