We're citizens organized to build strong, just and sustainable communities in rural Eastern Oregon.
Since 2001 we've come together to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability, and stewardship of the region's land, air and water.
As a grassroots, community organizing organization, ORA members identify the issues most affecting them and then develop strategies and campaigns to make the change we want to see. Join us! Become a member of Oregon Rural Action today!
The Oregon House Health Care Committee is hearing testimony on HB 2922 The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Plan Act on Monday, May 13.This hearing is a key step in the Health Care for All Oregon campaign for universal access to health care. The hearing is scheduled for 1 PM. Join the more than 200 activists from throughout the state who will be wearing red t-shirts at the hearing! The ORA Health Care Action Team has meetings our legislators, too. If ready to go to Salem with the ORA Health Care Reform Action Team, click here for more info!
Calling all local food and farm products & services!Update: We are accepting listings through May 10. Hurry up! Call 541-975-2411. Locally grown beef? Yes. Stud & breeding services? Local food at rural grocery stores? Yes. Agritourism & ag festivals? Yes. We're looking for farmers, ranchers, food processors, bakers, canners, restaurants, wineries, schools, hospitals, community gardens, farmers markets, grocery stores, farm stands, caterers and others who grow, make, sell or serve locally produced food and farm products. We're updating the Eastern Oregon Food & Farm Directory and need your updated or new listing ASAP! This year it is easier than ever to get listed--just fill out the online form and send us a photo! Click here to learn more.
We’re gathering all groups and individuals associated with the garden for a breakfast discussion and planning session May 22nd from 7:30-8:30am at the Plaza Inn Restaurant, 812 SW 4th Ave in Ontario.We need all the civic organizations, church groups, garden groups and more to participate. The Four Rivers Community Garden needs revitalized and diversified community support to make it sustainable. Oregon Rural Action is hosting the meeting and we have lots of fun and exciting ideas to share. Click here to learn more.
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April 17th and 18th ORA, OSU Extension and OSU Small Farms hosted two workshops entitled "Exploring the Small Farm Business Dream" in La Grande and Ontario. About 32 landowners, curent and aspiring producers attended the workshop presented by Garry Stevenson of OSU Small Farms in Corvallis. More workshops to come! Read on.
Calling all Gardeners! Help us spread the word (if not the manure/or compost). Springtime across our region is prompting the re-opening of Community Gradens in several counties, and there are garden plots available for you, your friends, neighbors, local food pantries, 4-H clubs or Master Gardeners. There are also "open garden" times scheduled all season at the garden in Ontario. Read on!
Have you been wondering what you can do about climate change? Here’s a good idea: Join Solarize Union County! Community solar projects like Solarize Union County lower the overall cost of installing a system through a bulk-purchasing program, making the systems available at wholesale prices.
Oregon Rural Action Organizer, Nella Parks, announces her departure from ORA, but not her beloved Eastern Oregon. "It has been my great pleasure and passion to work with all of you on the front lines of grassroots action for over the last 3 1/2 years. I am writing to tell you that, with mixed emotions, I'm leaving ORA June 1 to focus on my agricultural enterprises and rural business endeavors locally."
Update: FDA has granted the 120 day comment period extension! New deadline to make comments is Sept 16, 2013. ORA and folks in the WORC network are continuing to read through the new rules and assess what they will mean for growers. Remember all the hard work you did on the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2009-2010? ORA members' hard work helped keep FSMA from effectively shutting down Farmers Markets and small-scale producers with one-size-fits all regulation. Now the Food & Drug Admistration has (2 years later) released 1,000 pages of rules governing FSMA. We have until May 16th to comment on the rules and understand how they may effect fruit & vegetable producers and processors. Read on to learn about the exemptions for direct sales and smaller scale folks and other implications of FSMA for local fruit & vegetable growers and processors.