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Virtual InFARMation (& BYOB): Farming Is Not Cancelled! Finding Local Food Safely

April 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This is an uncertain time. As the uncharted territory of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it is comforting to know some things remain unchanged: Spring is here, crops are growing, hens are laying, and your local farmers are still working hard every day to make sure our communities have access to safe, nutritious and delicious food.

Navigating the new restrictions and making the safest choices for public health, while also supporting your local farmers and ranchers can seem like a hard act to balance. We want to assure you: It’s easy! Join us for a virtual InFARMation (& BYOB) on Thursday April 16th at 6:30 pm to 8pm to hear from some statewide nonprofits and local farmers who are adapting to these new challenges. This virtual event will include information on:

  • Reasons that local food is the safest choice during this pandemic
  • How to safely shop at farmers markets
  • New options for online ordering and delivery
  • Accessing local food with SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks during this crisis
  • The various types of CSA’s and how they can be accessible to all
  • Ways to ensure your local food system comes through this crisis strong 

This inFARMation (& BYOB) will be statewide, all Oregonians are welcome. We will be building regional specific calls based on interest and feedback after this introductory presentation, so look for more information soon.

Our presenters for the evening will be:

Shari Sirkin: Small farmer and Executive Director of Friends of Family Farmers.  Shari will speak to what FoFF is doing to support small family farms during this pandemic and give you some resources on how you can support our local farmers.

Kait Crowley: Owner of PK Pastures, raising pastured pork, chicken and duck in Sweet Home. Kait will give examples of adaptive models because many farmers have had to quickly change their business model to make sure we all stay healthy. She will talk about her experiences with direct delivery, online ordering, and potential payment options for consumers.

Amanda Cross: Program Manager of the Oregon Farmers Market Association. Farmers Markets are open and on the list of essential businesses. Amanda will share updates on technical assistance available for customers and what farmers markets across the state are doing to safely provide nourishing food for their communities.  

Holly Hutchason: Executive Director of the Portland Area CSA Coalition (PACSAC). Did you know that right now Double Up Food Bucks allows farmers to offer up to $200 matching funds to those who use SNAP to pay for their CSA shares? Holly will talk about how a CSA works, some  options around the state, and how to use SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks for CSA shares.

Join us for an evening of community and uplifting support of local agriculture.  This will be a video conference meeting, so you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home with your choice of dinner, snacks and/or beverage. Tell your friends and enjoy a night “out” together, while getting all the info you need to keep your food system strong. Cheers to your local farmers! 

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