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monsanto defeated! court ruling in oregon allows ban on GMO crops.

Message from the Our Family Farms Coalition:

May 29, 2015 – CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS! We have DEFEATED the first major stage of the Monsanto-backed legal challenge that attempted to overturn our Jackson County ban on genetically engineered crops!!!!  This is a huge win for family farmers threatened by GMO contamination and a win for everyone who cares about the future of our food supply!

Here’s a link to the well-written decision by Federal Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke that at just 11 pages is a very readable decision even for us non-lawyers!  The court upheld the Ordinance on the grounds that it was intended to protect against damage to commercial agricultural products, which is allowed under the Right to Farm Act, and because it was expressly allowed by the Oregon Legislature.

Thank you all so much for everything you have done to make our collective victory today possible.  We simply couldn’t have done it without your help and support.   There’s a lot happening right now with media releases and related work, but I’ll send another update soon on when the victory party will be which we hope you all can make.

Also, while this is an incredible victory for family farmers standing up to GMOs, we do know there is a real chance Monsanto and their ilk could appeal this decision, so the battle is not really over yet.  Also, the Plaintiffs’ claims that the GMO ban constitutes a constitutional “taking” will now have to be litigated in the second phase of the case, so we hope you will join us in celebrating, but with the understanding that there is more left to do on the incredible team effort we’ve all been a part of.

Finally, we are still working to raise funds to pay off our legal expenses to date, so yes… you can still donate to the cause through our website.

Thanks again for your support!

Congratulations again for your work,

Elise Higley, Director Our Family Farms Coalition


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farming with draft horses workshop, oregon

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The farming with draft horses workshop is designed for participants, who have some experience in working with draft horses and would like to learn methods and skills so that they can use their horse(s) for farm related tasks. Walt and Kris, of Ruby and Amber’s Organic Oasis, a certified organic and biodynamic farm, personally conduct the workshop.  The workshop is limited to 6 hands on participants to ensure plenty of hands on learning.  There are a limited number of observer slots available at each workshop. Observers are allowed to observe, and ask questions at the workshop, but are not allowed direct participation with the animals or equipment.

Topics include:
• Safety tips for working around horses and equipment
• Harnessing and harness adjustment to insure proper angle of draft for different equipment
• Driving lines (reins) setup and adjustment to position horses in proper relationship to the work at hand
• Plowing with a team or single, including plow adjustment
• Discing, harrowing, and using sweeps with a team or single horse and adjustment of equipment
• Single horse cultivation and team riding cultivator use and adjustment
• Introduction to the mower and hay rake
• Other farm implements
• Information, resources, publication discussions
• Equipment for farming and logging discussions

The workshop price is 250.00 per person.
For more information contact: walt@workhorseworkshops.com.


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intern with rogue farm corps!

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 Entry-level and advanced farm internships still available throughout Oregon

Rogue Farm Corps trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs. Our host farms are located in four cluster around Oregon: the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon.

The entry-level FarmsNext program is an entire season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. This immersive on-farm experience combines field training with a mentor farmer, classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study. Positions available on a diverse network of commercial family farms in four communities across Oregon. No experience necessary to apply. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2015. Get them in early!

FarmsNOW is a two-year advanced training program designed for those with a solid foundation of farm experience, and the goal of managing a farm operation. This program will propel beginning/intermediate farmers to the next level of planning, designing and running integrated farming systems. FarmsNOW is for those seeking mastery in the art and business of farming. Candidates must have two years, or equivalent, of vegetable production experience. Application deadline is February 1, 2015. Don’t delay!

For complete program descriptions, testimonials, information on our host farms, and applications, please visit our website: roguefarmcorps.org


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FarmON! Square Dance Mixer & Fundraiser! 2/1 in PDX

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Friends of Family FarmersFarmON! program is holding a Square Dance Mixer and Fundraiser! Bring your dancing shoes and friends for a great time spinning ’round the floor. Do-si-do and donate to support beginning farmer programming in Oregon!
Sunday, February 1st from 7:00-9:00 pm 
at the Village Ballroom (700 NE Dekum St)
Admission fee is $7 at the door.
Raffle tickets sold separately.
FarmON! & see you there!
FarmON! Oregon

The Oregon Chapter of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition
A Project of Friends of Family Farmers


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great tunes! listen to “hand on the plow”

Portland, OR’s Fast Rattler made its debut on the 2009 Grammy-nominated album “Singing Through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips,” which included artists like Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton paying their respects at the passing of one of Folk music’s activist heroes.

Fronted by Utah’s son Brendan, Fast Rattler dug deep into Utah’s extensive catalogue, crafting their own versions of his songs and setting his poems to music. Fast Rattler’s full-length debut “Linger On: Celebrating the Songs of Utah Phillips,” was released in 2011 to wide acclaim, as they toured throughout the US and Canada, earning slots at major folk festivals including the Kate Wolf Memorial Folk Festival.

The band’s follow-up EP, “Hands on the Plow,” focuses on original material and new arrangements of traditional folk songs. While Utah’s music will always be a part of Fast Rattler’s repertoire, the band has won audiences over with their own original material and renditions of cherished classics. Most significantly, Fast Rattler has been invited to contribute an original track to the upcoming “Occupy This Album,” a compilation of songs inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, featuring artists from Willie Nelson and Steve Earle to Third Eye Blind and Thievery Corporation.

Listen and Purchase HERE


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join rogue farm corps

New Farmers Needed. Be one in a million— Join Rogue Farm Corps in 2015!
Applications are now open for positions throughout Oregon.
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FarmsNext is an entire season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. This immersive on-farm experience combines field training with a mentor farmer, classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study. Positions available on a diverse network of commercial family farms in four communities across Oregon. No experience necessary to apply. More info here.

FarmsNOW is a two-year advanced training program designed for the student who has a solid foundation of farm experience, and the goal of managing a farm operation. This program will propel beginning/intermediate farmers to the next level of planning, designing and running integrated farming systems. FarmsNOW is for those seeking mastery in the art and business of farming. Candidates must have two years, or equivalent, of vegetable production experience. More info here.

Rogue Farm Corps trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs. Our host farms are located in four clusters around Oregon: the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon.

For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications, visit our website:http://roguefarmcorps.org

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