ORA Paid Internships Available

Oregon Rural Action is interested in building our communities and also providing opportunities to train the next generation of folks who will take on this work. We’re offering two different intern opportunities in Ontario and La Grande. Ontario ORA is teaming up with Malheur County Extension to offer three youth internships at the Four Rivers Community Garden. Funding is provided by a grant from the Self Development of People. Deadline to...

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Update or Create Your Food & Farm Directory Listing by April 30th!

Update: We are accepting listings through May 10. Hurry up! Oregon Rural Action is ready to update the Northeast Oregon Food & Farm Directory for 2013-15. The directory will be released mid-May and we need your listing updates ASAP. This year the directory will reach 30,000 people! If you have been listed in the past, check out your listing in the print version or online at oregonrural.org to make changes. Read on to learn how to update your listing for 2013-14.

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New Financing Available in 2013 for Small Ag

Small, new and beginning agricultural producers will want to know about several new financing, business start-up, and state legislation opportunities. Current opportunities include a micro-loan program from USDA, a local Individual Development Account program, new opportunities from Country Natural Beef and upcoming state legislation for Aggie Bonds to support small and beginning producers.

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The Oregon Grows Partnership

The Oregon Grows Partnership was stared in 2010 to mobilize producers and eaters for better food and ag policy in Oregon. Today OGP is a statewide coalition of 15 food & ag organizations. Each legislative session the coalition chooses legislative priorities to work on collectively based on the needs of each group's members or constituents. We work together to activate farmers and eaters as citizen lobbyists on food and farm policy in the state. In 2011 OGP pushed for the Farm Direct Bill and 1000 Bird Exemption which now allow sale of home-processed jams, pickles, dried fruit, poultry and more. Learn more about upcoming state policy efforts of OGP and opportunities to add your voice to the policy push.

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Growing Local Food Business in Eastern Oregon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2011 Contact: Nella Parks, Oregon Rural Action nella@oregonrural.org or 541-975-2411 Growing Local Food Business in Eastern Oregon This summer a new project is bringing together local producers, organizations and others to continue building our local food and agricultural system. Oregon Rural Action was recently awarded a $24,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust for a Growing Local Food Business Initiative. This...

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HB 2800 – Getting local food in school lunches

Did you know that Oregon is one of the few states that doesn’t provide any funding for school lunches? The only funding public schools in Oregon receive for their meal programs comes from the federally-funded National School Lunch Program: about $1.10 per student for lunch. This minimal funding means that already strapped school districts have to make tough choices about the kinds of food they’re able to purchase for students. Often...

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