Policy & Advocacy

Why Advocacy?

Our impact deepens when we work together.

OFMA connects with organizations that share our concern for farmers, community food security and the wellbeing of the food system. Members sit on statewide committees and leadership teams, representing the needs of farmers markets in various arenas. We do this to help inform ourselves and others, and advocate where feasible.  See below to learn more about our successes and current priorities, and the work of by our many policy partners.

Want to be more involved? Have questions beyond the information included here? Contact us at info@oregonfarmersmarkets.org

Current Policy Priorities – 2019

  • Double Up Food Bucks SNAP MatchState Bills: HB 2837/SB727 OFMA endorses a statewide farmers market SNAP matching program. This will help ensure that Oregonians of all income levels have access to fresh, healthy local foods. We believe state funding for this program will provide stability for an already successful program, potentially increasing consumption of fresh produce for an estimated 150,000 low income Oregonians. DUFB has proven beneficial to our participating farmers markets, putting money directly into the pockets of small farmers. Hear more from farmers and customers here. State-funded matching is a win-win for communities in Oregon. Partners: Farmers Market Fund, Oregon Food Bank, American Heart Association, PortlandArea Community Supported Agriculture, Providence Health and Services.  
  • Federal SNAP protection: Throughout the 2018 and in the start of 2019, there have been proposals to limit SNAP directly and indirectly for some of our most vulnerable community members. As issues arise, OFMA will continue to defend SNAP access for those who need it.

 

Policy Partners

OFMA advocacy is intertwined with many amazing organizations. We couldn’t do anything without their collaborative efforts. 

  • The Farmers Market Fund is dedicated to providing low-income, elderly and under-served populations greater access to fresh, locally grown foods. They are a primary advocate for Double Up Food Bucks match funding in the 2019 legislature.
  • The Oregon Food Bank Advocacy Department works year-round on public policies that affect Oregonians who struggle with hunger.They are a primary advocate for Double Up Food Bucks match funding in the 2019 legislature.
  • The Oregon Community Food Systems Network (OCFSN) is a collaboration of 40 nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening regional food systems.
  • Friends of Family Farmers builds a strong and united voice for Oregon’s independent family farmers.
  • The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is often the best source for national policy affecting small farms.
  • Farmers Market Coalition works closely with state organizations like OFMA, and works in support of farmers-market-friendly federal policies.

History of OFMA’s Advocacy Efforts

OFMA has a strong history of working on behalf of our member markets to enact policy changes that help farmers markets in Oregon thrive. We have worked with our partners to help enact groundbreaking programs such as…

  • OFMA took a public “No” position on Ballot Measure 103 in the 2018 fall election.  We believe in protecting small businesses and farmers, not corporate interests.
  • Oregon’s cottage food bill, which helped pave the way for many new value added producers to launch farmers-market-based businesses with a minimum of red tape.

  • Advocating for
    federal Farm Bill programs under the LAMP proposal, such as the Farmers Market PromotionProgram (FMPP), SNAP, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program (FINI).