Read our organizational by-laws explaining Oregon Rural Action’s structure, chapters and membership policies, board responsibilities, and so forth. Last updated in 2010. PDF
Chapter by-laws can be found on their respective pages.
Nonprofit Status and Articles of Incorporation
Collective Statement (2009)
This collective statement was the product of a group effort at our Annual Meeting on September 26, 2009. The goal was to capture a more complete picture of what ORA members and members of the community were concerned about and what they wanted to see happen locally, nationally and globally.
The process is based on the notion that we all have different views of a situation, and all views are right. Each of us perceives the world through our experiences, our values and beliefs and our desires. During the work session statements made by participants were written down as accurately as possible, later separated into common groups, then added together keeping the wording as close to the original as possible, with a few joining words added to clarify intent. The result is an illuminating crowd-sourced statement and vision.
In 2008, Oregon Rural Action partnered with the Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association (OFMA) to support the expansion and stabilization of this statewide market association. With the support of a USDA grant, the Oregon Farmers Market Promotion Project was designed to support OFMA in its transition from an all-volunteer structure to a full-fledged non-profit organization with a paid employee and the capacity to provide programs and services that support Oregon’s burgeoning and often tenuous farmers’ markets. Through organizational development, new collaboration, and a deeper understanding of the farmers and markets it serves, OFMA is now charting a broader course, addressing individual as well as common challenges and opportunities. Oregon Rural Action has appreciated this opportunity to develop relationships throughout the state and bring the voice of rural communities to the statewide conversation about the importance of local food systems.