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Virtual Farmer Social

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Friends of Family Farmers invites you to a Virtual Farmer Social. Join us on Monday May 18th from 7:30 to 9 pm to talk about how your farming plan has changed since the proliferation of COVID 19. There will be a suggested topic and some light facilitation from FoFF staff to make sure everyone is heard and keep the conversation going, otherwise this is purely a space for farmers to talk with other small and mid-sized Oregon farmers.

Many choose farming as a career because of a strong connection to the land, a desire to feed your community, a family legacy, or a need to be part of building a better, healthier world for the future.  But in a time like this, our choice to live on the land and raise food could make farmers and ranchers feel more isolated than ever.

FoFF has always brought farmers together to share ideas, commiserate on common roadblocks, seek advice and find creative solutions. We want to continue to serve that purpose for family farmers across the state despite the pandemic. Together, we can help tackle our common problems and develop solutions to keep Oregon a great place to live and farm.
 
Every farmer’s first priority is keeping their customers safe. The whole point of growing and raising food is to nourish people, but COVID-19 has changed the landscape of local food. Not only have producers had to adapt to new customer expectations, but there are also guidelines and regulations coming from ODA, the CDC, the USDA, and state government broadly. We are lucky here in Oregon that farmers markets are designated as essential and will remain open, but the procedures needed to keep it that way are also extensive.
 
On this call we will explore the following topics(time allowing):
-Paid sick and family leave on farms
-How to follow OFMA guidance at farmers markets
-Sharing experience with federal aid programs like PPP and EIDL
-Where to find food safety guidance
 
With all these new rules in place, farmers across Oregon have been making their own systems to accommodate the guidelines on their farms. Let’s come together and talk about how we are approaching these new problems, where we need more support, and where we feel like we have solved a problem. If you have found a way to adhere to new guidance or had success accessing an emergency relief programs that really helped you out, share that on the call! If you are struggling to wrap your brain around these new regulations and aren’t sure what to do next, come ask your fellow farmers for advice!
 
Join us to help our local food system meet the challenge of operating during the pandemic, and emerge more resilient than ever. When farmers help farmers, we make Oregon a great place to live and farm!

FoFF has always brought farmers together to share ideas, commiserate on common roadblocks, seek advice and find creative solutions.  We want to continue to serve that purpose for family farmers across the state despite the pandemic. Together, we can help tackle our common problems and develop solutions to keep Oregon a great place to live and farm.

To RSVP and get the link – https://tinyurl.com/yatnosvf

Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Website:
https://tinyurl.com/yatnosvf