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The largest wholesaler of organic produce in the Pacific Northwest talks farmland protection, industry changes and the future of farming.

As the state’s second largest industry, agriculture is an important part of life in Oregon. Up until recently, however, organic farming wasn’t a large part of the conversation. This is changing. Organically Grown Company, the largest organic produce wholesaler in the Pacific Northwest, is proof of the transformation. Started in 1978 as a nonprofit, OGC mostly supported small-scale organic farms. It transitioned to a for-profit company in 1982, with its first dock opening a year later. This catapulted the company from an agricultural marketing cooperative to a full-service...

Karli Petrovic

There’s a reason why the statistics published in the Portland Business Alliance’s 2014 Economic Impacts of Transportation study are attention-grabbing: The possibility of spending 69 hours per year in traffic and congestion by 2040 is enough to persuade even the most ardent public transit advocate to support the construction of massive superhighways. After all, who wouldn’t want an additional $928 million in annual economic output and sales or 8,300 new jobs as a result of an improved system? These statistics were reported in the Portland Tribune’s Jan. 6 article,...

Christine is a second-year Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) candidate at Portland State University (PSU). Her focus is community development and land use specializations. At 1000 Friends of Oregon, Christine is a part of the Hub and Spoke Internship Program. 1000 Friends is the “hub” that coordinates the MURPs or “spokes.” The hub also collaborates with partner organizations, which are nonprofits representing low-income communities and communities of color. Partners leverage the hub, spokes, and the resources of PSU to build community capacity...

Karli
Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:12pm

The 1000 Friends of Oregon legislative and programmatic agendas for 2015 are proactive. Here’s an overview of what we hope to accomplish this year.

Legislative Priorities:

  1. The first priority is passing a natural hazards bill to address the seventh of the 19 statewide planning goals are the core of Oregon’s land use program. We are working with Representative Ann Lininger. This bill would require the Department of Land Conservation and Development to work with local governments to...
Amanda Caffall
Fri, 12/26/2014 (All day)

1000 Friends to raise $40,000 by January 1st to earn $20,000 Challenge Grant

An Update: 

Thanks to their generosity, supporters enabled 1000 Friends to earn a $20,000 grant this December. Our gratitude to the people who made this possible is without end. We are so thankful to have a community of friends, supporters, and advocates willing to help us raise $40,000 in a few short weeks. What a way to start our 40th anniversary year! Thank you to everyone who gave to 1000 Friends this year. People made 1000 Friends possibles in 1975, and people like you still power it today. Thank you!

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Kathy Wilson
Tue, 12/16/2014 (All day)

If you live in Bend, you’ve probably heard pros and cons about the development of the OSU-Cascades campus. If you haven’t been following the issue, the University is planning to build on a 10-acre site to accommodate more students and then potentially expand onto an adjacent 46-acre site in the future. This has raised concerns about increased traffic, increased stress on the already stressed housing market, and the location of the campus itself - whether or not the 46-acre site is even safe or desirable to build on. Recently, after the project was approved by the City Council...

Kathy Wilson
Mon, 12/15/2014 (All day)

This Thursday, December 18th, the Metro Council will hold a public hearing on the draft Climate Smart Strategy. We’ve asked young leaders in the community their opinions about and hopes for Metro’s Climate Smart Communities...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 11/25/2014 (All day)

Your comments still needed!

On December 18, 2014, the Metro Council will make a decision with far-reaching implications for our communities today and for generations.  Whether that decision boldly addresses climate change or is merely nice words on paper depends on each of us.  So, we are asking you to take just a few minutes now to make sure our children and grandchildren will be as thankful for the region they live in tomorrow as we are today.

The Metro Council has before it the proposed Climate Smart Communities Strategy.  Over the last 4 years, thousands of the region’...