Announcement:  2023 Legislative Session Contract Organizers – $3000 per organizer

Friends of Family Farmers (FoFF) seeks four passionate and energetic individuals around the state to engage in our work to advance socially and ecologically responsible agriculture in Oregon. These positions are all about bringing the folks we serve into the legislative process and making sure that lawmakers hear from the farmers most impacted by the policy they’re making.  Make your community’s voice heard through outreach events, our Small Farms Mean Business rally day, committee testimony, legislator meetings and more.

Description: 

These positions will help educate their community on the policies that FoFF is supporting this session including improvements to the farm direct law, expansions to raw milk production, technical assistance for farmers using organic practices, drought resilience mini-grants, Double Up Food Bucks, curbing the expansion of factory farms, protecting specialty seed growers from canola contamination, and more! Through this position you will connect community members directly with the legislative process, hold local events and help folks tell their stories in the media.  Being connected in your local farming community, excellent communication, organized and self motivated, willingness to learn and experience grassroots/community organizing or event planning is strongly desired. You will be a part of a team and have access to resources and support and are in no way expected to develop legislative strategy.

We are prioritizing folks who bring geographic diversity, have lived experience as farmers/farmworkers, and who have demonstrated experience working with BIPOC, LGBTQ+, low income and other traditionally underserved farmers.

Responsibilities:

This project will be billed as a package based on outcomes with following hours expected for each deliverable:

  • Weekly Meeting with the FoFF policy team (30-45 minutes) (15 hours)
  • Farmer recruitment to fill a bus for rally day on March 5, 2023 (10 hours)
  • Attend Rally Day on March 5, 2023 (10 hours)       
  • Organize one outreach event to provide public education on our bills (15 hours)
  • Event follow up from advocacy workshops and InFARMations (10 hours)
  • Turn out farmers and food systems advocates for public testimony (20-30 hours)
  • Get one farmer-authored LTE published in their local paper (10 hours)

Compensation and benefits: 

  • This position is a temporary contract position. The rate for this position is $3000 total and approximately 100 hours. You will be paid $1000 February 10th, $1000 March 10th, and $1000 after the Legislative Session ends.

How to apply: 

Please send your resume and answers to  the questions below and email them to Brittney Deming: brittney@friendsoffamilyfarmers.org

Questions:

  • How does your personal and professional experience prepare you to accomplish these goals and responsibilities?
  • What is your outreach strategy to reach farmers and impacted community members?
  • How do you plan to specifically engage BIPOC and underserved farmers in your community?
  • What partner groups in your area do you plan to engage?
  • What is your vision for the outreach event that you are asked to plan?

Start Date: 

January 2023 until end of 2023 Legislative Session in July with majority of the work in the first 3-4 months.