A new film coming to the Rogue Valley for 2 days only!
Monday, July 16th at 6:30 at Ashland's Varsity Theatre and Tuesday, July 17th at 6:30 at Southgate Cinemas in Grants Pass.Read more
Our Family Farms' soil educational program was featured on KOBI's 5 on 5. Watch the interview here.
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Register for The Future of Soil: Ensuring Resilient Food and Agricultural Systems
Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have been able to offer this educational series at a discounted rate.
Please join us for the final session of the series:
SESSION SIX: June 23rd from 2-5 pm at Fry Family Farm Store
Celebrate Rogue Valley Terroir
At this final event, the Agricultural Industry and Community come together to celebrate the bounty of our local food system. Come explore and taste local food, wine, cider and fruits of the valley which have their own distinct flavor based on a combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives the bounty of our region it's own distinctive character or terroir. Certificates of completion will be given out to those that attend the full series.
Our Family Farms published Seed to Table Dinner Menu in Seed to Table Dinner 2017-08-06 10:45:05 -0700
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Our Family Farms published Thank you for being a sustaining donor! in Sustaining Donor 2017-07-15 08:12:21 -0700
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So we have it, the 2017 Legislative Session has officially ended as of last week. The GE Liability Bill, Local Control and the Josephine County fix were never allowed to the floor for a vote despite getting testimony at the hearings and hundred of emails and calls. This is trulyRep.PaulHolvey@oregonlegislature.gov frustrating, but it's undeniable we are making progress!Read more
Our Family Farms published Pollinator News: Bee Certified! in Our Family Farms 2017-07-14 08:38:23 -0700
Farmers, gardeners, and anyone who eats know we need pollinators - especially honey, solitary, bumble, and carpenter bees, as well as certain flies and beetles - to pollinate crop plants to insure there is seed for next year's plantings. Now, farmers can realize an economic advantage by certifying their land as pollinator habitat!Read more
After full public hearings on a seed preemption bill, SB 633 (a.k.a. Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act), during the 2013 Regular Session, the proposal did not have enough support to pass. Later that year during the 2013 Special Session, this issue was used as a bargaining chip to secure support for the “Grand Bargain” on changes to the public employee retirement program, and Senate Bill 863, a statewide pre-emption on local ordinances concerning seeds, was passed.
In 2013, both Josephine and Jackson county voters were in the midst of the process to pass GE plant ordinances to protect local family farmers from the threats of GE contamination. On May 20, 2014, both ballot measures passed with strong public support.
Jackson County’s vote was honored because their legislators, Senator Bates and Rep. Buckley, managed to exclude Jackson county from the restrictions of SB 863, by carving out a date exemption (namely that the preemption would not apply to local measures that were proposed by initiative petition and, on or before January 31, 2013, qualified for placement on the ballot in a county; and approved by the electors of the county at an election held on May 20, 2014.”)
However, because its initiative petition did not qualify for placement on the ballot until February 19, 2014, Josephine County’s vote was NOT honored, even though their voters passed their measure by 58.2%. That’s more than 16,000 votes that were not honored!
We need your help to correct this injustice!
You can help in 2 ways:
CONTACT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TINA KOTEK
Tell Speaker Kotek that the public vote should be honored in Josephine County. Ask the Speaker to provide the legislative means for Josephine County’s May 20, 2014 public vote to be excluded from the statewide preemption.
Please send a letter or email ASAP and follow up with a phone call.
900 Court St. NE, Rm. 269, Salem, Oregon 97301
CONTACT YOUR OREGON STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Urge your Representative to talk to Speaker Kotek in support of a legislative solution so that the Josephine county vote is honored. Find your Representative here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/findyourlegislator/leg-districts.html
We have a short window of time to make this happen, so please contact Speaker Kotek and your Representative today.
Your letter, your email, your phone call can help restore the voice of the people of Oregon. Please take action today. An avalanche of letters, emails, and phone calls from Oregon citizens to our representatives and Speaker of the House will make our collective voice heard.
The first line of your letter to House Speaker Kotek could say:
I am writing to ask you to find a legislative solution to honor the public vote in Josephine County on May 20, 2014, for a local ordinance to protect against contamination from GE crops.
Samples of other kinds of things you can include:
I am a _______ (farmer, business owner, citizen, etc.) and I live in ___________ County, Oregon.
Please provide the legislative means for Josephine County to have their May 2014 vote honored. The citizens of Josephine County passed Measure 17-58; but because of SB 863, the will of the people is not being upheld.
Stand up for the will of the people.
Right this wrong.
Show that every Oregonian’s vote counts.
Our Family Farms published Buy SEED: The Untold Story on DVD in Our Family Farms 2018-04-25 14:23:42 -0700
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Our Family Farms published What is Synthetic biology and why should we care about it? in Our Family Farms 2017-07-11 09:46:05 -0700
Dr. Ramon Seidler, former professor of microbiology and retired EPA senior research scientist, explains Synthetic biology and the many food and cosmetic products they are found in.Read more