Great & Growing: New 1000 Friends Report Celebrates Oregon's Agri-Cluster

As Oregonians set their Thanksgiving tables, many will be enjoying grains, vegetables, cranberries, and wine grown right here in Oregon. But the farming industry means much more to Oregon than delicious local food. It is an economic engine for the whole state, supporting over two hundred thousand jobs statewide.

InFARMation (and Beer!) Night

InFARMation Night: 'Tis the Season for Giving

What: An fun, inspirational evening with Oregon non-profits
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:30 PM
Where: Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Portland
Cost: Free, $10 donation suggested


Event Date: 
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 5:30pm

Oregon Wine Industry Reaches New Record

Just after being named Wine Region of the Year by Snooth, Oregon's wine industry has set a new milestone: $300 million in annual sales for the first time ever.

"Wine Region of the Year"? You Bet.

Yamhill County Vineyards by Patrick MorganA major wine website has selected Oregon as its 2013 "Region of the Year," recognizing the high-quality growing conditions, and winemaking expertise, that our state has fostered. Not just the Willamette Valley. The whole state.

Farm Profile: Winter's Hill Vineyard, Yamhill County

We love visiting with the people that make Oregon agriculture great. In September we stopped by at Winter's Hill Vineyard, in the famous Dundee Hills of Yamhill County. 

Winter's Hill is a family-run winery that has been growing grapes since 1991. The Gladharts apply a strong sense of care for sustainability and community into everything they do at Winter's Hill. 

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.

Farm/Forest Dwellings Panel

Should We Allow More Dwellings in Farm and Forest Zones?

Three counties in southern Oregon received funding to review possible variations in allowed uses and minimum lot sizes in land zoned for farming and forest use. This pilot program is beginning its second and final year. The outcome(s) could have implications for farm and forest zones throughout the state. 

Friends of Polk County, a 1000 Friends affiliate organization, has arranged a panel discussion in the Willamette Valley to review progress to date.  

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/17/2013 - 7:00pm

Today on the Land Use Trail: The Metolius

Throughout the summer, we'll be featuring stops on our new Land Use Trail. Today, September 26: The Metolius River. The Metolius' cool water, remarkable headwaters, and majestic scenery have drawn people to its banks for over a hundred years.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Steens Mountain

Time for another visit to a stop on our Land Use Trail. Today, September 20: Steens Mountain. Formed by basalt and lava flows several millions of years old, and further carved by ancient glaciers; Steens Mountain continues to mesmerize visitors with its remote beauty, unique ecosystems, and dramatic gorges.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Throughout this summer, we'll be featuring stops on our new Land Use Trail. Today, September 3: Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Just outside of the Portland metro area, lies one of Oregon’s most unique multi-use trails, attracting many thousands of people and invigorating the local economy.

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