Updates From the Circut

Meriel Darzen
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:30pm

Circuit Rider Attorney Meriel Darzen

Oregon Food Systems Convening

Greg Holmes
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:30pm

Earlier this month 1000 Friends staffers Greg Holmes and Alyson Marchi-Young joined the new Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and about 70 other Oregonians at the annual Convening of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.

Solar Development on Resource Lands

Farmers Advisory Committee
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 2:15pm

1000 Friends' Farmers Advisory Committee weighs in

Below is the text of our letter to the Land Conservation and Development Commission

Dear Honorable Commissioners:

The Farmers Advisory Committee (FAC) was formed to assist 1000 Friends of Oregon in protecting, implementing and improving Oregon’s program for maintaining the agricultural land base needed for farming and ranching. The FAC is composed of commercial farmers and ranchers, and farm organization leaders. The FAC members come from all of Oregon’s agricultural regions and produce a wide variety of farm products.

A Special Privilege

Jason Miner
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:00pm

Oregon Wineries and Commercial Activity

Over three legislative sessions and in innumerable conversations in Salem from 2011 to 2013, 1000 Friends championed protecting farmland for farming alongside vintners and winemakers. Wine industry leaders worked to define what are and are not acceptable practices on wine lands.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Baker City

As fall sets in, we’re still visiting stops on our Land Use Trail. Today, October 15: Baker City. Founded in 1864, this stop reminds us why past generations came to out to Oregon in the first place: access to abundant natural resources, productive soil, and gorgeous landscapes.

Wins, Wastes, and What's Next: Recapping the 2013 Legislative Session

Like most legislative sessions, 2013 began and ended with a flurry of activity in Salem. Back in February, over 150 bills – good and bad – were introduced that pertained to land use planning, transportation, housing, agriculture, and other issues that 1000 Friends works on.

Perspective: Addressing the Challenge of Ownership in CSAs

Our summer intern from the Duke Engage program, Estefany Noria, recently visited Portland's Zenger Farm with her fellow program participants. She reflects on the experience and a recent New York Times article about Community Supported Agriculture in this piece from the Duke Engage Portland blog.

Lane County Trash Fee Could Pay for Costly Goshen Industrial Scheme

Lane County leaders intending to build an industrial campus in the community of Goshen need millions to make up for the lack of infrastructure there. Although they've promised industrial users would pay, a new proposal would put residences and businesses on the hook when they take out the garbage.

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.

Oregon Cities Grow More, Expand Less than National Average

Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern
Thu, 04/05/2012 (All day)

An aerial view of the Urban Growth Boundary in Cornelius, OregonAmerican cities are growing rapidly, and across much of the country this has meant further sprawl. But a look at the most recent U.S.

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