Our Family Farms

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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.

Farmers and businesses will learn how to improve the economic viability of their operations and enhance the quality of life for themselves and their employees.  

All will learn how these best farming practices can regenerate soil, improve yield, mitigate climate and environmental chaos, and serve as alternatives to pesticides and manufactured inorganic compounds derived from by-products of the petroleum industry.

Attendees may join us for the entire series or sign up for one or more informative and interactive sessions.


To volunteer or get involved in this series, please email contact@ourfamilyfarms.org.



Series Launch: February 4th, 2018  6-8 pm
History of seed, food and farming practices in Southern Oregon, Our State and Nation
Location: Talent Community Center
We'll explore the foundation of our agricultural heritage and where we are heading in the future.

"An Indigenous People's perspective", Red Earth Descendants
"The Bounty of the Earth: Jackson County Agriculture 1850-1920", Larry Mullaly, S.O. Historical Society
"Sourcing Seeds - Where do seeds come from, past and present.", Don Tipping, Siskiyou Seeds
"Food terminologies of the present time.  What does it all mean?”, Our Family Farms

Session two: February 20th  
Soil is Alive to Nurture the Next Crop Without Added Toxic Chemicals
Agricultural Industry Track 1-4 pm; Community Track 6-8 pm 
Location: Medford Library
Speaker: Dr. Elaine Ingham - Soil Foodweb Inc

Session three: March 20th
Pest Management beyond Neonicotinoids: Predatory Insects and Regenerative Agriculture
Agriculture Industry Track 1-4 pm; Community Track 6-8pm
Location: Medford Library
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Lundgren - Blue Dasher Farm

Session four: April 17th
Pesticide Impacts on Farm Workers, Consumers, and the Environment
Agriculture Industry Track 1-4 pm; Community Track 6-8pm
Location: Medford Library

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

Session five: May 15th  
Oregon Businesses and Regenerative Organic Agriculture
Agriculture Industry Track 1-4 pm; Community Track 6-8 pm
Location: Medford Library
Local farmers, vintners, orchardists, restaurateurs, and consumers will discuss why they have chosen an organic-based business model.

Session six: June 23rd 2-4 pm
Celebrate Our Local Bounty!
At this final event, the Agricultural Industry and Community will come together to celebrate the bounty of our local food system​ at a local farm. Tantalize your taste buds with the foods and libations of Southern Oregon. Certificates of completion will be given out to those who attended the entire series.








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