June Change for Good Recipient: Our Family Farms
June's Change for Good Recipient is
Our Family Farms, an Oregon 501(c)3 non profit organization, is hard at work educating and inspiring farmers, policy makers and the community at large to support regenerative agricultural practices.
Our Family Farms envisions a thriving, sustainable food and agricultural system with seed diversity and farmable land for generations to come.
"We educate and inspire farmers, policymakers, and the community at large to support regenerative agricultural practices."
In 2014, Our Family Farms ran a successful campaign banning the growing of GMO crops in Jackson County!
After September's fires, Our Family Farms helped create the Farmworker Fire Housing Fund, helping farmworkers and their families.
With the outpouring of support of generous donors from around southern Oregon and around the world, they raised over $300,000 to help farmworkers replace their homes lost in the Almeda and the South Obenchain fires and have awarded seed grants directly to 46 families.
The remainder of the funds are being reserved to support a long term affordable, sustainable housing solution for agricultural workers in the Valley. They are engaging and investigating with other community organizations on long term solutions and will be sending updates as things progress.
Our Family Farms will also be taking part at this year's Rogue Valley Farm Tour!
The Farm Tour is a free event and a great opportunity to visit over 30 farms and meet your local farmers.
Visit the Our Family Farms table at Oshala Farm on July 18, 2021. They will be sharing information about Pollinators and Regenerative Agriculture practices that help farms be more resilient to the changing climate.
With help from Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, they created a Pollinator Scavenger Hunt for Farm Tour participants to complete as they explore all the farms on the tour.
Learn more about the Our Family Farms by visiting https://www.ourfamilyfarms.org/
The AFC Gives committee focuses on ways that the Co-op community can support local organizations and groups doing important work in the Rogue Valley.
2020 was the first year of Change for Good, a register round-up program to benefit a slate of ten organizations, voted on by Co-op owners, through the cumulative donations of shoppers choosing to round-up their shopping total to the nearest dollar.
From one cent to 99 cents, it all adds up to feeling good about supporting the community.
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Photography by Chelsea Whitney Art
On May 1st, several Southern Oregon businesses came together for a block party to provide a space to gather as a community after a rough spell due to the pandemic and fires. The May Day Block Party was hosted on Main St in Phoenix, where the scent of food trucks mingled with artisan goods such as local cheeses, locally farmed flowers, and even fresh-baked pastries.
May's Change for Good Recipient is
Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals.
"We inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members."
April's Change for Good Recipient is
Visit Rolling Hills Farm and learn more about owner Dave Belzberg, who the Ashland Food Co-op is so honored to partner with for more than thirty five years.
Visit Magnolia Farms and learn more about owner Elissa Thau, who the Ashland Food Co-op is so honored to partner with for more than twenty years.
Visit the Emerald Hills Ranch and learn more about this fourth generation ranching family that the Ashland Food Co-op is so proud to partner with for more than twenty years.
Katie Falkenberg's photography and filmmaking has taken her all over the world, and lucky for us - she's been calling the Rogue Valley home for a couple years now. Exquisitely and harmoniously capturing the world around her, she is documenting not only through the lens but also through her peaceful and loving spirit. Katie reached out to us in hopes of collaborating after falling in love with the co-op soon after moving here.
March's Change for Good Recipient is
a division of Ashland Parks and Recreation, that encompasses demonstration gardens, a nature playground, and approximately 14 acres of Natural Area that is managed for wildlife preservation and public education.
February's Change for Good Recipient is
Since 2005, Rogue Valley Mentoring (formerly the Rose Circle Mentoring Network) has trained over 500 adults who have mentored over 2,000 youth in our valley; letting young people know that they are not alone. A caring and compassionate ear shows them that they matter, and they they are experts of their own experience.
The Ashland Food Co-op acknowledges and shares our community’s concerns about protecting against the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The safety and health of staff and customers is a top priority for the Co-op.
As coronavirus cases increase in Jackson County, the Co-op is taking extra precautions to protect shoppers and employees.
To ensure social distancing in the store, the number of persons allowed in the store at once has been reduced to 50% capacity. Understandably, this may lead to a short wait outside of the store, but please be assured the line moves quickly.
In order to keep the wait as short as possible, here are a few steps you can take to help out:
By Allan Weisbard L.C.S.W.
Since 1963, autumn has been a difficult time for me. Two months shy of my 13th birthday I lost my younger brother to cancer, then shortly afterwards, President Kennedy was assassinated.