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Ray Archuleta in Ashland Oct. 11

The Future of Farming...is Regenerative, Our Family Farms 2019 educational series, concluded on October 11 with a presentation with nationally renowned soil scientist, Ray Archuleta. The event was held at the Stardust Lounge at Ashland Hills Convention Center and began with a Meet and Greet where attendees visited with the speaker and each other.  In his presentation, "Regenerative Farming Practices and Carbon Sequestration in American Agriculture", Ray introduced principles to increase soil health and reduce off-farm inputs.

Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with over 30 years experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) serving in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina. After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Understanding Ag, LLC and Soil Health Academy, LLC to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri.

A Silent Auction and Raffle raised over $1000 to support Our Family Farms educational programs. Thanks to everyone who attended and to our sponsors Ashland Food Coop, A Greater Applegate, and Pacific Botanicals!


Listen to Ray talk about Regenerative Agriculture in this JPR interview.




Our Family Farms envisions a thriving food and agricultural system with seed diversity and farmable land for generations to come.


Our Family Farms educates, advocates and inspires farmers, policy makers and the community at large to support regenerative agricultural practices.



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The jurisdictions shown on this map have created GE-Free Seed Sanctuaries. Will the town, city, county, or state where you live be next?


*Josephine County, Oregon passed a ballot measure to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops (Measure 17-58) on May 20, 2014. It was approved by 58% of the voters. The county was subsequently sued by a couple of plaintiffs who claimed that the measure was preempted and invalidated by state law - SB 863. That court decision is currently pending appeal. See Oregonions for Safe Farms and Families for the latest updates. Our Family Farms supports the right of all farmers to protect themselves against the threat of genetically engineered crops.