Who we are and what we do
FOFP is made up of people who live and farm in the geographic area that has historically been referred to as French Prairie since the 1820’s. We are sensitive to the area’s history and well aware of the development pressures that arise from being on the southern border of metro Portland. We acknowledge that growth and development are both necessary and inevitable, but put a stake in the ground around a single fact: since this land was first settled by non-natives, it has been recognized as prime agricultural land and was developed accordingly.
It is no surprise then, that the majority of land outside of the communities that dot the French Prairie is zoned Exclusive Farm Use (EFU). Exclusive agricultural zoning not only assures agricultural production to feed our families and landscape our gardens, but also results in a countryside outside of the metro areas that was the vision ofthen-governor Tom McCall when he undertook legislation for land use planning in the early 1970’s: Oregon is unique in a variety of ways, and should be kept that way to the degree possible.
Our Vision, Mission and Key Goals
Enhancing Oregon’s historic breadbasket through family farming
Advocating for appropriate growth and facilitating sustainable and prosperous farming
Inform citizens of proposed or impending land use
Conduct educational forums
Seek to support and enlist the support of like-minded groups
Point out positive changes within the area
Provide local farmers with a method to identify products originating in the area.