Our Family Farms

Dec 2021 eNewsletter

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Thank You For Your Support!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our online auction and made it such a great success! We exceeded our goal and raised nearly $6000 to support our organization and farmer education projects.

A huge thank you to all the local farms, businesses, stores, and artisans who provided their products and services!

Disaster Relief Fund
This week, during the 2021 second special session, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 892 that directs the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to establish a disaster assistance program. The Legislature awarded $40 million to this new, one-of-a-kind program to help farmers and ranchers mitigate economic losses sustained because of the compounding natural disasters in 2021, including the ice storm, heat dome, and drought. We are proud to be part of this work. A special thanks to Rep. Pam Marsh and Megan Kemple of OrCAN for championing the program. We'll keep you updated as more details emerge.

Building Soils for Better Crops
The 4th edition of SARE's Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management. It provides step-by-step information on soil-improving practices as well as in-depth background—from what soil is to the importance of organic matter. Read the guide.

Developing Community-Driven State Soil Health Policy and Programs
Yale Center for Business and the Environment has developed this Soil Health Policy guidebook that provides practical advice for developing community-driven, state-level soil health policy or programs. See the report

Climate Resilient Farming
The changing climate presents many challenges for farmers. Applying Regenerative Agriculture practices that focus on soil health can make your farm more resilient to climate changes, help you grow more nutrient dense crops, and help reduce costs. Get Started with Our Family Farm's Resilient Farming Resources.

Small-Scale, Local Producers Get Improved Insurance Coverage through New Micro Farm Policy 
Agricultural producers with small-scale farms who sell locally can now get simplified insurance coverage through a new policy designed for their needs.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed the new Micro Farm policy, which simplifies record-keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products. Learn more

Rogue Flavor Guide Applications Due December 15th!
The Rogue Valley Food System Network's Rogue Flavor Guide is accepting applications for advertisements and listings from local food and farming businesses. Share your story in the guide, support their mission and join their movement to bring local products to a community hungry for real food and drink, robust growth, and promising change! Apply here

Josephine County Farm Collective
In an effort to expand the local food network, Daily Blessings Farm has established the Josephine County Farm Collective: a group of local, small farms working together to deliver fresh, organically grown food, flowers and fiber products throughout the community. These farms are working collaboratively to share resources, knowledge, marketing, and distribution channels to better serve Josephine County residents. Organic certification is not required at this time. Join their farmer orientation on January 11 at 2pm on zoom to learn more. Register for the call

Unete Releases Almeda Housing Survey 2021 Results
The survey shows that Rogue Valley agriculture workers were disproportionately impacted by the Almeda Fire and suggest that special consideration should be made to ensure they are housed and supported. Thank you Unete for conducting the survey and sharing the results. View the survey results

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After the Summer of '21:
Checking in with Local Growers

Monday, December 20th
7:00-8:30 pm on Zoom

After the heat, drought, and smoke of this past summer, we're looking to local growers to hear their experience and find out how we can support a vibrant local food system for years to come.

Register here