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    Design the Food Web: Farmer and Grower Convenings Coming Soon!

Design the Food Web: Farmer and Grower Convenings Coming Soon!

The beginning of a new year is always a time to reflect on where we have been and revision where we want to go. We at Ten Rivers Food Web want to know how we can best support our farmers, growers, and food producers. To this end, we are hosting a series of farmer and grower convenings throughout our counties in the coming weeks. The purpose of these convenings is to share information about Ten Rivers Food Web’s past, present, and future efforts to strengthen our local food system, and, most importantly, to learn what our farmers and growers believe are the most significant assets, opportunities, challenges, and barriers in our current system.

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Wholesale Training for Produce Growers Coming January 22nd!

9555053217_bb5f867da4_kIt’s a new year, and we are excited about offering farmers and producers in our region new opportunities to strengthen our local food web. First up is a fantastic opportunity for growers who are interested in wholesale marketing. Designed for small and mid-sized fruit and vegetable growers interested in entering into or expanding their sales in the wholesale channel, this “Wholesale Success” training developed by FamilyFarmed.org and USDA is the gold standard for learning best practices in food safety, post-harvest handling and produce packing. We are thrilled to bring this excellent training program to the valley.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
8:30am-5pm
Mary’s River […]

Coming Up: Terra Madre Day! December 7th from 3-7pm

Terra Madre Day will celebrate our local bounty of artisan food in a festive atmosphere, including a delicious meal featuring ingredients from nearby farms. This will be a great opportunity to find the perfect holiday gifts while supporting local producers! There will also be entertainment provided by local musicians and kids’ activities on hand.

A team of members from Slow Food Corvallis, Ten Rivers Food Web, and graduate students in the Department of Anthropology at Oregon State University have been working on organizing the fourth annual Terra Madre Day event in Corvallis.

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    SNAP in the Community: How Incentives Increase Access to Healthy Food at the Farmers’ Market

SNAP in the Community: How Incentives Increase Access to Healthy Food at the Farmers’ Market

For the past two months, we have been working as graduate student interns with Ten Rivers Food Web on a project to evaluate the That’s My Farmer SNAP Incentive Program. This program began in 2011 to incentivize SNAP consumers to attend the farmers’ market with increased purchasing power. However, in the last year, availability of the incentive has been inconsistent due to lack of funding. We hope to approach an understanding of usage and perceptions of the That’s My Farmer SNAP Incentive Program through a variety of research activities.

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    How can we practice more sustainability through our eating habits?

How can we practice more sustainability through our eating habits?

According to an NPR article, Meatless Monday Movement Gets More Veggies On The Menu, the United States is beginning to shed more light on the issues surrounding meat. In turn, this shift may have positive effects on other problems related to health and food. (more…)

Our Online Store Is Now Open!

We are proud to unveil our new online store. Whether you are a farmer, gardener, chef, foodie, or just simply love local food, you can now represent your “local foodshed” with our brand new Ten Rivers Food Web merchandise. We have t-shirts for those brief but glorious summer months and hoodies for keeping you warm and dry for the rest of the year. Buy them here! (more…)

Support YOUR local food web – fall giving campaign is underway!

Since 2006, Ten Rivers Food Web has been committed to increasing access to locally grown, produced, and processed foods across Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. We are dedicated to nourishing local food systems and communities. Join us by making a donation today. Your gift will help us increase access to local food across our counties and increase marketing opportunities for hundreds of farmers!

This summer we were very proud to offer Oregon’s first fresh fruit and vegetable prescription program to a group of low-income diabetic patients. For twelve weeks, patients received nutrition and food preparation education, recipes, monthly checkups, and $25 per week in Rx dollars—redeemable at the Albany Farmers’ Market—to spend on local fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. Patients had increased energy […]

Upcoming Free Webinars on Legal Issues and Direct Marketing by Farmers

Farm Commons, a nonprofit focusing on helping farmers with legal issues, is hosting eight different free webinars this winter on a variety of legal issues faced by farmers who sell direct to consumers. Registration is now open for all webinars. Webinars are offered through a platform that does not require any additional software or downloads. They will be simple to access. Those without an internet connection will be able to listen to the presentation over the phone.Register now for any or all of these great opportunities at www.farmcommons.org/webinars.
Overview of Farm Legal Issues
Learn about the most pressing legal issues encountered by direct-to-consumer and organic farm operations. Beginning farmers will learn how to set up a strong farm business and established farmers will learn ways to […]

‘Fill Your Pantry’ With Locally Grown Staples

FillYourPantry2013_posterBack by popular demand, Ten Rivers Food Web will be hosting its 4th Annual Fill Your Pantry event on Sunday, November 3rd in Corvallis. This annual storage-crop farmers’ market will allow consumers to learn about and buy bulk quantities (at bulk prices) of fresh, locally grown staples to use throughout the winter. It also provides a huge opportunity for local growers and producers to move large quantities of product before the winter season while demonstrating the ability to raise edible staples across the Willamette Valley

The event will be held on Sunday, November 3rd from 2:00 to 6:00 pm in the Community Center of the First United Methodist Church at 1165 NW Monroe Street in Corvallis. Confirmed […]

Volunteer with Ten Rivers Food Web

Are you passionate about teaching your community to eat healthy and buy local?
Do you love taking photographs of plants and people?
Are you skilled at managing social media accounts?
Do you enjoy fundraising to support low-income families?

Ten Rivers Food Web is currently seeking volunteers to help us achieve our goals that support local producers and community health!  We have a diverse list of opportunities for you to choose from—learn how to lead tours of your local farmers’ market; help us maintain our Facebook, blog, and website pages; take photographs of local producers and their products; create a fundraising campaign for SNAP incentives at your local farmers’ market, and more!

We truly appreciate our volunteers, because they show us that our communities want to be invested in the […]