1000 Friends of Oregon | Oregon Stories, October 2013

Setting the Table: Great & Growing

What will you put on your Thanksgiving table? Odds are, a good number of things came from Oregon farms: the grains, the cranberries and onions and carrots, the wine or beer, maybe even the turkey.

This month we are celebrating and giving thanks for all Oregon agriculture does for our state. Our new report highlights the far-reaching impacts of Oregon agriculture. And as you'll find out, it means a lot more than good food and beautiful vistas. Get ready to discover the agri-cluster.

Also in this month's Oregon Stories:

We raise our glasses to you, our friends and supporters. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at 1000 Friends!

Great & Growing: People and Jobs in Oregon's Agri-Cluster

Farming means more to Oregon than delicious food and beautiful landscapes. It's an economic engine for our whole state. In a new report, 1000 Friends explores the many impacts of Oregon agriculture--for jobs, communities, and our state's future. Read it here.

Discover Oregon's agri-cluster

Oregon agriculture: Great & Growing

Farm Profile: Winter's Hill Vineyard

Managing a small vineyard and winery is a challenging task, but the rewards of rising above the fog each day are immeasurable. That's the lesson we learned when we paid a visit to the Gladhart family at Winter's Hill back in September. Meet them and learn what they love most about making wine in Oregon.

Pay a visit to Winter's Hill Vineyard

The Gladhart Family

Celebrating Oregon Agriculture, in Two Minutes and Thirty Seconds

There are many stories to tell about Oregon farming, but sometimes you want it fast, with a fun soundtrack. Here's a favorite from earlier this year: our Field to Fork animation celebrating Oregon farming. Take another look and pass it along this Thanksgiving!

Watch our Field to Fork video

Field to Fork video screenshot

Give!Guide 2013: A Great Time to Give for a Great Oregon

It isn't every day you can give to causes you care about and be rewarded with a host of goodies. But that's the treat with Give!Guide, Willamette Week's annual giving extravaganza. We're pleased to be included. And if you give to 1000 Friends this year, we'll throw in additional rewards like free wine tastings. Find out more and GIVE! here thru December 31.

Check out the 2013 Give!Guide

Give!Guide 2013

You're Invited: 1000 Friends' Holiday Happy Hour 2013

As the weather chills, we're ready to warm up with our friends. Join our staff for an informal holiday happy hour at our Portland office, Wednesday, December 11, 5-7 PM. Get an update on our work and raise a toast to a great year in Oregon. We'll provide the wine and appetizers. Can you come? Let us know here.

You're invited to our Holiday Happy Hour

Holiday Happy Hour

Land Use Trail

This Month on the Land Use Trail

Throughout the past few months, we've been virtually visiting stops on our new Land Use Trail and sharing some fun tidbits about what makes these places special, whether they are Signature Natural Places, Thriving Working Landscapes, Great Communities, or examples of our Land Use Roots.

This month we paid a visit to the following places. Click on any to learn more, or visit friends.org/trail to see the whole Trail.

Crater Lake, Klamath County

Astoria, Clatsop County

Corvallis, Benton County

Hells Canyon, Wallowa County

Support Our Work

Your financial support is crucial to our work. Help support our efforts to promote smarter transportation policy, stronger rural economies, and protection of the places Oregonians value. Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special online contribution to 1000 Friends today. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

'Tis the Season InFARMation
Tuesday, December 10, 5:30-8:30 PM
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Portland
Suggested donation: $10

Join 1000 Friends, Friends of Family Farmers, Adelante Mujeres, Zenger Farm, and six other organizations for a fun and inspiration evening showcasing several Oregon non-profits in this year's Give!Guide. We'll each take a turn giving a TED Talk-style discussion about our work, inspiring each other and more giving to groups doing great work in Oregon. Click here to learn more about this event, hosted by Friends of Family Farmers.

Friends Holiday Happy Hour
Wednesday, December 11, 5-7 PM
1000 Friends Portland Office
133 SW 2nd Ave. #201

Join us for an informal evening with friends, toasting a great year. Talk with our staff about our latest and upcoming work, share your ideas for 2014, and meet others who care about Oregon's future. Wine and appetizers are on us. More info and RSVP here.

Check out our calendar to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming events around the state.

Regional Updates

1000 Friends of Oregon has regional offices around the state. Our regional staff work with local residents and elected officials on issues important to their communities.

To find out what 1000 Friends is working on throughout Oregon, follow our "Latest" blog.

Join the Conversation

Let 1000 Friends and the power of social media help keep you up-to-date on our work and related topics. In case you haven't been following us, here's some of what you've missed:

Join Us!

November 15
Oregon's wine industry hit a new milestone in 2012. Celebrating the innovators who drive the industry, and the land that makes it possible. http://bit.ly/17wbQUc

November 8
Rounding up the week with a place-based photo trivia! Do you know where in Oregon this "street" is located? If you need a hint, check out our Land Use Trail at www.friends.org/trail. Have a great weekend!

November 6
"The Columbia River Crossing is a freeway, bridge and transit project in one corner of the state, but its shadow looms over all of Oregon." -Our director Jason Miner in the Statesman-Journal today.

Follow Us!

November 20
Rezoning land as 'farmland' just so you can put a dump on it? What's proposed in Yamhill County: ow.ly/r155x

November 18
Six charts that explain the decline in US driving, from @TheAtlanticow.ly/qWrji

November 11
Oregon is @Snooth's Wine Region of the Year. Without farmland & smart #landuse, none of it would be possible.ow.ly/qIs4s #ORag

November 6
Awesome: Our 2011 summer Gerhardt Intern, Jenny Cadigan, is @WTAOregon's new executive director! Congrats, Jenny!ow.ly/qzgVS

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Photo credits:
Header: "Oregon farm" by Drburtoni, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Great & Growing by Zach Dischner, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Gladhart family: Shawn Linehan Photography.
Field to Fork screenshot: Joseph Webb, based on a design by Anna Markley and Julie Bach.
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail header): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
Credits for Land Use Trail backdrop images at friends.org/trail/credits.