Ensuring the continuity of regional food production lands
We find ourselves in an era of rising land costs and zoning pressure on local food production.TRFW recognizes the importance to our food web of providing new farmers affordable access to food production land and in giving assistance to current farmers to keep their land and pass it on in a sustainable way.The loss of food lands negatively impacts future livability and food security.TRFWseeks to retire the mindset that farms are separate, independent islands of local food production and revive the idea of a “food web commons".
Ten Rivers Community Food Land Trust mission is to acquire and hold food production lands in perpetuity within a public-benefit Land Trust, while providing farmers with affordable access to those lands through an innovative lease-purchase approach.
TRFW seeks to partner with appropriate entities (such as established conservation land trusts or county Soil and Water Conservation Districts) to place Agricultural Easements on lands otherwise held in private ownership, keeping them part of the Food Web Commons through future protection from non-food- production uses or eminent domain-based municipal expansions.
Food Web Services will serve as a clearinghouse for information, creative problem solving approaches, and ground-level technical assistance to farmers, private land-owners, and other key actors within the food web.
What our friends are doing
Check out some of the other great Oregon organizations working on these issues
Friends of Family Farmers - FoFF brings together farmers and citizens to shape and support socially and environmentally responsible family-scale agriculture in Oregon. Below are links to two of their programs.
Farm On Oregon - Builds community centered around agriculture, while sharing knowledge and wisdom in creative, fruitful, supportive & educational ways.
Oregon Farm Link - A free service that connects beginning farmers and ranchers with land holders to help Oregon grow the next generation of family farmers.
Rogue Farm Corps - Offers farm training programs on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon to provide real world opportunities for beginners and advanced students of agriculture.
Your support makes a big difference Contributions and Involvement from people like you are what make our food web strong