The goal of the Small Farms program is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of small farms by employing appropriate scale production and marketing techniques. Objectives include working with small acreage landowners to improve stewardship practices emphasizing land management and soil and water quality. As well, the program hopes to improve small farm horticultural production and small-scale livestock, poultry and forage production emphasizing specialty, organic, pasture-raised and niche crop production. Another emphasis of the program is on small farm alternative and specialty marketing through the creation and enhancement of local and regional food systems and farm direct marketing channels.
Thrive brings community members and locally-owned, independent businesses together to create a more socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable economy in the Rogue Valley. Their Rogue Flavor guide helps connect consumers to the best agricultural and artisan foods in the world. The guide highlights what makes the Rogue Valley unique: the farms and food businesses that create the distinctive local flavor of our community.
Friends of Family Farmers is a grassroots organization promoting sensible policies, programs, and regulations that protect and expand the ability of Oregon’s family farmers to run a successful land-based enterprise while providing safe and nutritious food for all Oregonians. Through education, advocacy, and community organizing, Friends of Family Farmers supports socially and environmentally responsible family-scale agriculture and citizens working to shape healthy rural communities.
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 work to inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.
Rogue Advocates is dedicated to cultivating livable and sustainable communities in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley region. Through advocacy, education and outreach around local land use issues, we work to preserve productive rural lands and to promote vibrant urban centers.
As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, ACCESS has been helping Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. With a focus on education, ACCESS helps people through economic crisis by guiding them through changes in habits to help them become self-sustaining. ACCESS currently serves local residents through 15 programs designed to address problems from one-time emergencies to longer-term issues.