Our Family Farms

  • Register for Community Full Series

    March 20, 2018 at 6pm
    Medford Library
    205 S Central Ave
    Medford, OR 97501
    United States
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    $50.00 USD · rsvp

  • Register for Agriculture Professionals Full Series

    March 20, 2018 at 1pm
    Medford Library
    $50.00 USD · rsvp

  • May 15th Session for Community Members

    Register for Session five: May 15th from 6-8 pm

    Oregon Businesses and Regenerative Organic Agriculture

    Featuring: farmers market manager, coop food manager, restaurateur, farmer, vintner/orchardist

    Location:  Medford Library

    La traducción al español está disponible.

    Preregister below for $15 or purchase your ticket at the door for $20.


    May 15, 2018 at 6pm
    Medford Library
    $15.00 USD · rsvp

  • March Session For Agriculture Professionals

    Register for Session three: Tuesday, March 20th from 1-4 pm

    Pest Management beyond Neonicotinoids: Predatory Insects and Regenerative Agriculture with Dr. Jonathan Lundgren.

    Dr. Jonathan Lundgren has won prestigious awards for his ground breaking work, and is regarded as one of the top scientists in the country specializing in applied entomology and agroecology. As director of ECDYSIS Foundation and CEO of Blue Dasher Farm, Dr. Lundren has combined multidisciplinary research to develop sustainable farm management systems that use biodiversity as a tool to rebuild soil health and profitably produce nutrient dense foods.
    Location:  Medford Library

    Preregister below for $15 or purchase your ticket at the door for $20


    March 20, 2018 at 1pm
    Medford Library
    $15.00 USD · rsvp

  • published Register for The Future of Soil Series 2017-12-06 08:32:00 -0800

    Register for The Future of Soil Series

    Register for The Future of Soil:  Ensuring Resilient Food and Agricultural Systems

    Join us for the full series or for one or more single sessions. Participants who register for the Full Series will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Notebook with all the session details and resources.

    La traducción al español está disponible durante las sesiones de 6-8 pm.  (Spanish Translation is available during the 6-8 pm sessions)

    Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are offering this educational series at a discounted rate.

    Register for the Full Series 
    (Sessions 3-6) for $50:

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    Or Register for one or more informative and interactive session below for $15: 

    You can also register at the door for $20 (based on availability)

    SESSION THREE: Tuesday, March 20th

    Pest Management beyond Neonicotinoids: Predatory Insects and Regenerative Agriculture

    Location: Medford Library
    Speaker:  Dr. Jonathan Lundgren - Blue Dasher Farm

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    SESSION FOUR: Tuesday, April 17th

    Pesticide Impacts on Farm Workers, Consumers, and the Environment

    Location: Medford Library

    “Legislative update”, Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics
    “Pesticide Exposures”, Dr. Ray Seidler, retired EPA scientist
    "Why We Must Better Manage Exposure and Risks From Pesticides", Dr. Fenske, Acting Chair Department of   Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington School of Public Health
    “Pesticide Drift is Real”, local resident and farm worker

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    SESSION FIVE: Tuesday, May 15th
    Oregon Businesses and Regenerative Organic Agriculture

    Location: Medford Library
    Local farmers, vintners, orchardists, and restaurateurs will discuss why they have chosen an organic-based business model.

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    SESSION SIX: June 23rd from 2-4 pm

    Celebrate Our Local Bounty!

    Location: Fry Family Farm
    At this final event, the Agricultural Industry and Community come together to celebrate the bounty of our local food system. Tantalize your taste buds with the foods and libations of Southern Oregon. Certificates of completion will be given out to those that attend the full series.






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  • Dicamba Herbicide: The Next Broken Promise for GMO Farmers

    An article by Dr. Ramon Seidler, Ph.D.

    Why have states taken the rare step to impose bans on its use? Farmers in 10 states sue Monsanto for faulty product.
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  • published The Future of Soil in Our Family Farms 2017-12-02 09:08:18 -0800

    Register Now for The Future of Soil

    The Future of Soil:  Ensuring Resilient Food and Agricultural Systems

    In this Our Family Farms monthly series, we will explore the impacts that our every-day decisions have on soil health, from the seed we buy to how we grow plants and the food we buy to put on our table. The workshops will address both producer and the greater community. The final session will be a celebration of our local food system featuring food and drink produced in Southern Oregon.

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  • published Seed to Table Dinner Menu in Seed to Table Dinner 2017-08-06 10:45:05 -0700

    Seed to Table Dinner Menu




    CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets - Space is limited


  • published Sponsor a farmer 2017-07-17 09:05:43 -0700

    Sponsor a farmer





    Make a donation below to sponsor a farmer
    to attend our annual Seed to Table Dinner:








  • published AmazonSmiles in Our Family Farms 2017-07-15 13:52:58 -0700

    Support us with Amazon Smiles

    Now you can support Our Family Farms with purchases you make on Amazon. Register online and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to us.

  • Thank you for being a sustaining donor!

    A receipt for your donation will be sent to your email.  Your monthly payment will be automatically charged each month.

    Thank you for helping protect our traditional seed supply and supporting family farmers. Our work is not possible without donations like yours!


  • published Thank you for your donation in Support Us 2017-07-15 08:08:42 -0700

    Thank you for your donation

    A receipt for your donation will be sent to your email. Thank you for helping protect our traditional seed supply and supporting family farmers. Our work is not possible without donations like yours.

    Onward for the seeds!


  • published Thank you for signing! 2017-07-14 10:50:00 -0700

    Thank you for signing!

    Your name will be added to the letter Our Family Farms will submit to the USDA.

    Please support us as we work to create thriving communities and resilient food systems by promoting and protecting family farms and traditional seed from threats of genetically engineered crops.


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  • published Legislative Update in Our Family Farms 2017-07-14 09:10:40 -0700

    Legislative Update

    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!

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  • published Pollinator News: Bee Certified! in Our Family Farms 2017-07-14 08:38:23 -0700

    Pollinator News: Bee Certified!

    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!  

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  • published How we got here in Action 2017-05-08 08:19:01 -0700

    How we got here

    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:


    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


    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.

  • Buy SEED: The Untold Story on DVD

    Celebrate seeds with 10% off the award-winning SEED: The Untold Story!

    Use code OFFSEED to get your discount and 30% of proceeds will be donated to Our Family Farms!

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  • published Sustaining Donor in Support Us 2016-11-10 12:03:01 -0800

    Sustaining Donor

    Complete the form below to set up an automatic payment to make a donation monthly.




  • What is Synthetic biology and why should we care about it?

    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.

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