Our Family Farms

April 2022 eNewsletter

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May 20th is a special day for Our Community: 

On May 20, 2014, voters passed Measure 15-119 establishing the GMO ban ordinance.  On the same date one year later, May 20, 2015, we defended the ordinance in federal court and won! Our Family Farms is still here protecting Jackson County's Seed Sanctuary!

Come Celebrate with Our Family Farms

Friday, May 20
4-6 pm

Lithia Park
Ashland, OR

 

 

 

Medford Food Co-op's Annual Election of the board of directors and the 2023 Positive Change recipients is going on now through April 30. For every ballot cast by owners, the Co-op will donate $2 to Rogue Farm Corps.

Be sure to vote for Our Family Farms to be a Positive Change organization in 2023!

VOTE NOW

 


Disaster Relief Grant
Our Family Farms is proud to be part of this work to bring relief to our farmers. The OCFSN Disaster Relief Grant Program is now accepting applications. The fund, established by the Oregon legislature, can help cover 2021 losses due to natural disasters for small farms and ranches that do do not qualify for the Oregon Disaster Assistance Program (ie farms that do not have a Schedule F tax return for the years 2017-2019). Apply before May 11 to be considered for the second round of funding. LEARN MORE

1000 Farms Initiative
The Ecdysis Foundation is currently seeking farm sponsors and farmers to participate in an initial study, laying the groundwork for a nationwide study that will test the impact and power of Regenerative Agriculture. LEARN MORE

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.

SOCAN Monthly Meeting

Funding Healthy Soils: An Oregon effort to find the money

Dr. Mike Badzmierowski, Soil Health Specialist with ODA will explain the efforts underway to develop a USDA-funded Climate-Smart Commodities program to encourage farmers to produce and sell products from healthy soils. If funded, small grants will be available to help farmers participate.

April 26 at 6pm
Free on Zoom

REGISTER


Rogue Valley Water Summit Survey

The Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance, in cooperation with local and regional hosts and co-sponsors, are planning a Water Summit for the summer or fall of 2022. Your suggestions and comments at this early planning stage are greatly needed and appreciated.

TAKE THE SURVEY


Medford Food Coop
The Good Food Festival

Everyone is welcome to come enjoy free food and beverage samples from local and regional vendors, cooking demonstrations, and free face painting.

May 1
12-4pm

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Earth Day at Troon

Troon will be hosting hourly tours of their biodynamic farm for the community to come and learn about regenerative and sustainable farming. Tours will finish with a glass of springtime wine at their native flower garden. All ages are welcome.

Proceeds will be donated to the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.

April 22
11am-5pm

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Southern Oregon University's
Earth Day Extravaganza

SOU will celebrate Earth Day with live performances, exhibitors, entertainment, an ecoquest adventure, educational mini-workshops, games and more. 

April 22
3:30-6:30pm
The Farm at SOU 

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Ashland Food Co-op's
Earth Day celebration

An afternoon of eco-friendly fun for the whole family. Among the activities offered are the opportunity to play with giant bubbles, create chalk art, pick up an eco-friendly seed kit, learn about recycling, and much more.

April 24
12-3 pm 
Ashland Food Co-op parking lot

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