InFARMation Spring Series: Land and Capital Access
March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
InFARMation Series: Creative Ways to Access Land and Capital
February 23, March 30, April 27, and May 25th from 6:30pm-8pm
The average farmer in Oregon is around 60 years old. Without a plan to get new farmers onto the land, when the older generation hangs up their tools in the next decade we stand to lose 25-50% of farmland currently in production to conglomeration or development. Join us the last Tuesday in February through May from 6:30pm – 8pm to talk about creative ways farmers and organizations are working collaboratively to protect farms and ranches in Oregon.
Although not everyone is interested in accessing land to grow food themselves, this generational land transfer will affect the future of the food system as a whole. We will break down reasons WHY these issues are important for all Oregonians (not just farmers!), such as watershed health, carbon sequestering, the fact that 98% of land ownership is white, rural economic development, and the accessibility of local food. Throughout the series we will hear about the inspiring hard work that farmers of color and organizations are doing to circumvent the barriers created by structural racism in the agricultural and financial system. We will discuss the biggest threats to Oregon’s farmland, different types of capital available, the importance of having a farm business plan, the benefits of collective farming, and how we can support our BIPOC farming community. Having these continued conversations and sharing resources is a good first step to protecting and preserving our farmland. With the collaboration of Steward, this series is free and welcome to everyone. We hope you can join us!
March 30th –
Megan Horst – Megan (PhD) is an Associate Professor at Portland State University. Her research areas include food systems planning, food justice, land use planning generally but especially focuses on agricultural land/food systems/growth management. She has a wealth of knowledge and has published articles such as Racial, Ethnic and Gender Inequities in Farmland Ownership and Farming in the U.S., Land Access for Direct Market Food Farmers in Oregon, and Changes in Farmland Ownership in Oregon.
Adam Kohl – Outgrowing Hunger, the non-profit where Adam is the Executive Director, has a three-pronged approach to improving community food systems – providing refugee farmer development, community garden facility operations, and culturally-specific garden education and logistical support. They help support low-income, immigrant, and refugee families with the opportunity to grow fresh, culturally appropriate vegetables in their own neighborhoods.
Dan Miller – Steward‘s story begins with its founder and CEO, Dan Miller. When it comes to conventional financing, Dan felt that instead of forcing farmers to fit within a box, it should be the other way around. So he committed himself to creating a system that empowers farmers to steward their land sustainably, with consumers—the people with the most to gain from sustainable farming—helping in their success.