Oregon Rural Action’s Annual Meeting & Fundraising Event 2017

Please join the Board of Directors in celebrating another successful year of community organizing and engagement at the Oregon Rural Action Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is: The Future of Rural America: Equity, Sustainability and Justice. For more information on cost, location, guest speaker and more, please click here.

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OSU Small Farm Course Registration Deadline March 28

For the first time, beginning farmers in Northeast Oregon will have access to the Successful Small Farm Management Course developed by Oregon State University. The four part series is designed for farmers in their first 5 years of farming, people seriously considering starting a farm business, and people considering major changes to their farm. The course will provide farmers with the tools and knowledge to manage the biological and financial...

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Successful Small Farm Workshop & More to Come!

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.

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Join the Community Gardens in La Grande or Ontario!

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!

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New Food Safety Rules: Do they Protect Small & Medium-sized Farms & Processors?

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.

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Low Row Workshops a Huge Success!

  Season Extension workshops March 9th in Cove and 10th in Wallowa were very popular among farmers and gardeners with 40 people attending. The workshop was taught by Deb Reth of Wallowa and the Lower Valley Farmers Market. Deb shared her over 20 years experience gardening in Wallowa County with low row tunnels–despite the snow and wind. Deb shared three ways to make low row tunnels with heavy agribon that withstand the Eastern Oregon...

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