Rogue Farm Corps
Rogue Farm Corps (RFC) trains and equips the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs and preservation of farmland. We envision a world in which land is deeply cared for, power is equitably shared, and farms, ranches, and the people who work them flourish.
Bottom Line for Portland
The average age of farmers is now 60, and only 3% of farm owners in Oregon identify as farmers of color (USDA Agricultural Census). There is an urgent need to train more farmers, to make careers in farming more accessible to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and low-income individuals, and to transition to regenerative growing methods that protect soil, water, and biodiversity.
Rogue Farm Corps provides in-depth, hands-on training in sustainable agriculture in our 3 chapter locations: Portland Metro, Central Oregon, and Rogue Valley. RFC’s training programs have graduated nearly 300 farmers who go on to feed their communities and help build a more equitable and climate-resilient food system. RFC also addresses the threats facing Oregon’s farmland and the many systemic barriers that beginning farmers and ranchers face through education, one-on-one technical assistance, and coalition work.
"The sheer amount of knowledge and experience I gained working on-farm through the program was the biggest change. I now feel knowledgeable enough about operating a successful farming system that I could do it on my own." - RFC farm training participant
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
RFC approaches all of our work through an equity lens, and we strive to make our programming inclusive of and welcoming to communities who have been excluded from farm ownership in Oregon, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, low-income individuals, and immigrants. We will continue to use our organizational power to be an agent of positive change because we know that our mission and vision cannot be realized until we dismantle white supremacy, respect the rights of workers, and reckon with the legacy of land dispossession and systemic racism in agriculture. To read our full equity statement, click here.
The first 3 donors to give $75 or more will receive a local produce box from Küchenhaus.
The first 3 donors to give $150 or more will receive a $50 gift certificate to Portland Nursery.
A zero waste kitchen, Küchenaus utilizes old-world wisdom to offer contemporary concept dinners (currently via take-out pop-ups) and local produce boxes, along with haus-made specialty foods. See what Küchenhaus is up to on their FB page here.
Portland Nursery is a garden center offering plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs, garden advice, and supplies for healthy, happy plants.