Friends of Family Farmers is the only statewide agricultural organization working to promote and protect socially and environmentally responsible family farming, ranching and healthy rural communities in Oregon. We have four core programs to support this mission:
Farmer programs: We hold biennial Farmer and Rancher Listening Sessions to hear directly from producers and guide our advocacy efforts. This process began back in 2010, leading to the creation of the Agricultural Reclamation Act, a farmer-produced roadmap for sound agricultural policies and strong local food systems in Oregon. We also host the Oregon Pasture Network, a group of family-scale producers engaged in improving their pasture-based livestock production methods, providing an alternative to industrial concentrated animal feeding operations.
Eater programs: We might not all be farmers, but we are all eaters! Our signature InFARMation Series helps the public better understand the issues that socially responsible family farmers and ranchers face, and the connection between food and farms in Oregon. We also organize annual Fill Your Pantry events to encourage consumers to purchase in bulk directly from local, family-scale farmers.
Next Generation: We manage Oregon's only statewide land-linking platform Oregon Farm Link to connect new and beginning farmers with landowners, job opportunities and resources.
Watchdog: We monitor and make the public aware of threats to Oregon agriculture, such as factory farms moving into rural communities and the harmful impacts from lax oversight of genetically engineered crops. We advance legislative and policy proposals that support small and mid-sized farms in Oregon, and organize big events like a biennial ‘Family Farms Mean Business’ Rally and Day of Action at the Oregon State Capitol. We publish our ‘Muckboots in the Capitol’ blog when the Oregon Legislature is in session to highlight important bills and to help citizens take action. We also publish the ‘Corporate Ag Watch’ blog, which exposes the influence of corporate money Oregon’s agricultural politics.