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

FoFF Membership

Looking for a way to honor YOUR farmer?  Why not gift them with a membership in Friends of Family Farmers? We have many membership levels.  Join today! For more information, contact Cathy, or call us @ 503-759-FARM (3276).

Volunteer with FoFF!

Thanks to our volunteers who contributed over 200 hours in February! Lots of great folks are part of our amazing team and you can be a part of it too!  Spring into action and sign up today or contact Cathy for more information.

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Speak up for Family Farmers & Ranchers at the Capitol

FoFF's Priorities Pick up Steam as Small Farmers & Ranchers Rally in Salem on March 18th.

On February 20th, FoFF’s legislation to reduce red tape for small poultry processors (HB 2393) passed the Oregon House by a 59-1 vote and now awaits Senate action. And HB 2700, our bill to create a state beginning farmer loan program (Aggie Bonds), is on track for a key House committee vote in the coming weeks. Other priority issues, like restoring the long-standing canola-free zone in the Willamette Valley (see below) need a wave of support to secure hearings and votes. We have also been advocating for expanding Oregon's Farm to School program, funding for OSU Extension services that help small farmers, support for Farm Direct Nutrition programs to allow low income seniors and mothers to buy fresh produce at farmer's market and farm stands, reform of aggregate mining policy on high quality farmland, and more.  Learn more about our all of our 2013 legislative priorities, and take action today!

Also, this Friday is your last chance to RSVP for our second annual Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the State Capitol on Monday March 18th. If you can’t make it for the whole day, we hope you will at least join the Rally on the Capitol Steps at 12:30 (900 Court St. NE, Salem). Farmers, ranchers and concerned consumers from around the state will meet legislators to advocate for policies that support our family farmers, ranchers and eaters in sustaining a vibrant local food system and small farm economy.

Canola Bills to Take Center Stage in Salem

Sign the New Petition to Keep Canola Out of the Willamette Valley

There are two bills in the Oregon legislature that would restore the pre-existing canola-free zone in the Willamette Valley to protect specialty seed and vegetable growers, clover producers, and organic farmers. Many legislators are still ‘on the fence’ on this important issue and need to hear from constituents in the coming days and weeks to ensure the Legislature takes action. 
One bill, HB 2427, would restore protections in place that prevent the planting of canola in the Willamette Valley. SB 433 as currently written would block canola statewide, but the chief sponsor (Senator Chris Edwards) is planning an amendment to limit its scope to the Willamette Valley where canola is most damaging. Please take action on our petition in support of these bills to make sure your legislators are hearing from you at this critical time. 

Shop & Dine in Support of FoFF!

New Ways to Let Your Merchants Know You Care

  • Join us tonight, Thursday,  March 14th, as Sunshine Tavern hosts a generous fundraiser for FoFF, donating 10% of all food sales from the evening to support our farmer programs.  Enjoy dinner, drinks, shuffleboard and vintage video games in this family friendly establishment and support FoFF -- all at the same time!  Read our great article about the folks behind Sunshine Tavern and their commitment to local, sustainable agriculture here.
  • During March and April, Food Front Cooperative Grocery in Portland is featuring FoFF as their Cash Register Fundraiser.  100% of the donations made at the store will be given to FoFF to support our farmer programs. Every dollar counts and your support of Friends of Family Farmers goes a long way toward making Oregon a great place to live and farm.
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.

Mar. 14 - FoFF Fundraiser at Sunshine Tavern (Portland)
Mar. 14 - Food Ethics Conference (Portland)
Mar. 16 - Living on a Few Acres Conference (Redmond)
Mar. 16 - Food Ethics Conference (Salem)
Mar. 18 - Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the Capitol (Salem)
Mar. 27-28 - Food Safety Modernization Act Public Meeting (Portland)
Mar. 30 - Dirt to Dinner Family Festival at OMSI (Portland)
Apr. 3 - OSU Farmer Network Training (Aurora)
Apr. 9-11 - National Organic Standards Board Meeting (Portland)
Apr. 17-20 - Small Farmers Journal Auction & Swap (Madras)
Apr. 17 - Food Safety & Modernization Act Workshop (Eugene)

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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