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

FoFF Membership

Membership dues directly support our farmer programs. Tell us why membership in FoFF is important to you or join today.  For more information, contact Cathy, or call us @ 503-759-FARM (3276).

Volunteer with FoFF!

FoFF Volunteers fill so many roles in our organization and with our upcoming event in Salem we'll need lots of folks to lend a helping hand. Get inspired by this month's volunteer profile and sign up today or contact Cathy for more information.

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Family Farmer & Rancher Day is March 18th! 


Mark your calendars for Monday, March 18th and RSVP today for Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the State Capitol.  Farmers, ranchers and concerned consumers from around the state will gather in Salem to educate our legislators about the importance of local agriculture and the need for policies that support our farmers and ranchers in creating and sustaining the kind of food system we would like to see in our state.

Join Friends of Family Farmers and our partner organizations for this fun day at the State Capitol and bring your voice to the small farm and local food issues that are important to all Oregonians - urban and rural, producers and eaters alike. Let's demonstrate the strength, vibrancy and contributions of our farm and food community to Oregon's economy!

Click here for more details.  And please RSVP TODAY to let us know that you plan to come and whether you are able to volunteer. For additional information, contact Leah or call us at 503-759-FARM(3276).

Raise Your Voice on Canola

ODA Hosts Public Hearing on Jan 23 - All Comments Due by Jan. 25

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is holding a public hearing on its latest canola rule proposal at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in Salem (click here for more details).  The comment period closes on Friday, January 25, 2013.  Written comments can be mailed to:  Canola Hearings Officer, Department of Agriculture, 635 Capitol Street NE, Salem, OR  97301 or sent via email to:  We need a strong showing at the hearing and in public comments to continue to demonstrate widespread opposition to the weakening of canola restrictions in the Willamette Valley.

Additionally, as we move into the 2013 legislative session, please contact your legislators and let them know your opposition to ODA's efforts to weaken canola planting restrictions across the Willamette Valley.  Click here for talking points and legislative contact information.

Contact Leah if you plan on attending the hearing or if you have any questions and please spread the word.

Useful News for and About Farmers

  • The 2012 Farm Bill in Review: Overview by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • FACT's Fund-A-Farmer Project:  Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) provides grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals.
  • 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant: The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting concept proposals now.  Deadline is February 18, 2013.
  • Heritage Breeds Entertain: Sean and Jerre Dodson of Dancing Cow Farm explore agritourism in the Scio, OR.
  • Farms Next Training Program:  Rogue Valley Farm Corps offers hands-on, skills based training for new and beginning farmers in Southern Oregon.
  • Oregon Family Farmer Blogs:  Great people sharing the joys and adventures of farming in Oregon. Have a blog you'd like to add to the list? Contact Cathy.
  • 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. 
Know a family farmer or rancher featured in the news, or have information that may be valuable to farmers?  Let us know!

Headwaters Farm Incubator Program

New Opportunity for Beginning Farmers

Headwaters Farm Incubator Program (HIP) provides affordable land to qualified applicants interested in launching their own farm enterprise.  Located in Orient, OR, and owned and managed by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District this 60 acre farm also provides access to tools and equipment, as well as education on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and watershed stewardship.

Read more about the Headwaters Farm 
here.  HIP will be accepting applications for its first crop of farmers beginning Tuesday, January 22nd. Any questions can be emailed directly to Farm Incubator Manager Rowan Steele or call 503-935-5355.

Events and Offerings

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

Jan. 15 - FoFF Fundraiser at Pacific Pie (Portland)
Jan. 15 - 17 - N. Willamette Annual Horticultural Society Meeting (Canby)
Jan. 17 - 2013 Specialty Crop Grant Webinar (online)
Jan. 21 - Anthony Boutard: The Farmers' Perspective (Eugene)
Jan. 23 - Canola Public Hearing (State Fairgrounds, Salem)
Jan. 23 - Raj Patel: Who Owns Your Food? (Portland)
Jan. 24-25 - Regional Grazing Conference & Workshop (Washington State)
Feb. 3 - InFARMation (and Beer!): The Grange Movement (Eugene)
Feb. 4 - 7th Annual Local Food Connection (Eugene)
Feb. 12 - InFARMation (and Beer!): Policy 101 & Canola (Portland)
Feb. 19 - Slow Money:  Investing in Food, Farms and Fertility  (Eugene)
Feb. 23 - 2013 Women in Agriculture Conference (Washington State)
Mar. 2 - Oregon Small Farms Conference Early Registration (Corvallis)
Mar. 8 - Rogue Valley Food Summit - Save the Date! (Medford)
Mar. 18 - Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the Capitol Save the Date! (Salem)

Additional events can be viewed on our Community Calendar.  Have a farmer event in your community that we can share with our supporters?  Please contact Cathy.
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