Survey: Oregonians Prioritize Investment in Infrastructure, Farm/Forest Protection, and Water Quality

Oregonians are sending state leaders clear priorities to drive the economic recovery:  invest in good long term bets, like world-class infrastructure, a reliable resource economy, and healthy rivers and aquifers.

Land Use Leadership Initiative and Board of Directors Tour French Prairie

Victoria Demchak, 1000 Friends Volunteer
Fri, 10/05/2012 (All day)

On Saturday, September 22, our Land Use Leadership Initiative participants joined the 1000 Friends Board of Directors to witness the productivity and pressures affecting some of Oregon’s most productive farmland, in the French Prairie region just south of the Portland metro region.

NYC Magazine Celebrates Land Use and Oregon Food

Edible Manhattan magazine, in a profile from its September-October issue, highlights the vital relationship between our celebrated food scene and our innovative land use laws. It's just another example of outside organizations celebrating the things that make Oregon special.

Keeping the Oregon Spirit: Our September Newsletter Explores Reserves, Food Innovators, and More

The September issue of Oregon Stories features a letter from our director on why we're challenging Metro's reserves plan, a profile of two food innovators bringing a new kind of economic development to Salem, recent commendations for Oregon's land use program, and more.

Yamhill County Farmers Fight Landfill Expansion

A recent Portland Monthly featured the story of Ramsey McPhillips, a fifth-generation Yamhill County farmer (and New Face of Farming participant) who is fighting the expansion of a mountain of garbage that's already 135 feet tall and covers 85 acres.

August Oregon Stories: Making Density Work, Stateline Lessons, and Land Use Is: Your Plate

Our Oregon Stories e-newsletter for August features new perspectives on quite a few things. From the attributes of good density, to the byways of eastern Oregon, to a renewed awareness of the importance of Oregon agriculture to the economy and what we eat.

Economic Impact of Oregon Farmers Markets Continues Growth

After the USDA released impressive new statistics last week demonstrating a nearly 10 percent increase in national farmers markets, the Oregonian digs into what the numbers mean for Oregon. Unsurprisingly, we are a national leader in local consumers supporting local produce, and the impact is growing.

Oregon Fruit Crops See Big Year in 2011

New statistics released by the federal government demonstrate what Oregonians already know: when it comes to the ripe fruits of summer, there's nowhere better to be than Oregon. And 2011 was an especially good year for Oregon fruit growers.

Oregon Farms See Record Sales in 2011

An unprecendented year in Oregon farming, ranching and fisheries gives the entire state reason to celebrate. 34 of 36 counties saw growth in farm sales, as the state's producers hit a record $5.2 billion in sales. More remarkably, 31 Oregon counties saw double-digit growth in agricultural sales. Once again, the Oregon agricultural industry proves its contributions to the Oregon economy can't be doubted, and shouldn't be compromised.

The Livability List: Social Media Highlights, March 27-April 3

In this world of constant communication, it's hard to keep up with all the news in planning, land use, and agriculture. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. In case you don't follow us, though, we're happy to introduce this feature, highlighting some interesting recent posts.

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