InFARMation Spring Series: Land and Capital Access
May 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
InFARMation Series: Creative Ways to Access Land and Capital
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 for the last session 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!
May 25th –
Ryan Gallagher and Alissa Welker– Through the Steward platform, farmers and community members come together by offering an opportunity for qualified individuals to participate in secured, interest-bearing loans. Whether you are a farmer looking for the back-up you need to take the next step or a community member looking to support sustainable agriculture, with Steward everybody wins. This is an opportunity to participate in a loan that directly impacts the farmers in our community. Ryan and Alissa are proud to be on the team at Steward to accelerate the growth of regenerative & sustainable agriculture by bringing capital to the small farms, ranches, and fisheries that need it to expand.
Nellie McAdams – As Oregon Agricultural Trust’s founding Executive Director, Nellie is dedicated to working hard to keep Oregon farming long into the future. OAT is a statewide agricultural land trust that partners with Oregon farmers and ranchers to protect and pass on their land to the next generation. Nellie has put on workshops statewide to get farm families thinking about how they want to handle the transition. She is an attorney and long-time advocate for farm succession planning and farmland preservation.
Natalie Danielson – The average age of farmers in Oregon is 60 years old. Without a plan to get new farmers onto the land, we stand to lose 25-50% of the land that is currently in agriculture production in the next decade. In response, Friends of Family Farmers developed Oregon Farm Link, a land and resource connection database to help Oregon grow the next generation of family farmers. If you are a farmer looking for land or a land owner that wants to lease some of your land out, Natalie will explain how OFL works.
Chris Overbaugh – Chris and his wife Shannon started off as employees of Winter Green Farm in which they now own. Winter Green Farm is a pioneer in holistic farming, certified organic at the first opportunity—thirty years ago, in 1984. Their organic and biodynamic practices allow us to grow healthy food while nurturing the vitality of the land. Chris will talk about his unique journey of becoming a farm owner and will share his story of going from farm worker to a collective to a partnership, and all the benefits and complications along the way.