For more than a decade, we have been proud to be a Supporting Sponsor of Oregon Ag Fest, a two-day event the last weekend in April with more than 20,000 people who experience dozens of hands-on activities across the state fairgrounds. In addition to our financial contribution, we host a booth with giveaways for the kids who can also plant tomato starts to take home and adults can test their knowledge of Oregon agriculture with a trivia question and an Oregon-made prize on the line. We greatly appreciate booth volunteers and donations of prizes to giveaway, so shoot us an email at [email protected] if you’re interested!
We collaborate with Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom to enhance our Adopt a Farmer program and for Virtual Field Day events. It is also our go-to resource to share when we receive requests we get that are outside the scope of our program work. We encourage educators to utilize the abundance of resources the foundation has and often use activities like Turf Buddies in classrooms with our participating farmers during visits to schools.
We are proud Bronze Sponsors of the Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassadors, a program of the Oregon Dairy Women. The outreach efforts these young women engage in reaching Oregonians all over the state, at events, the Capitol, in schools – including more than 14,000 students a year – is impressive! They also volunteer at our golf tournament and Denim & Diamonds awards dinner and auction.
We have received Specialty Crop Block Grants from the Oregon Department of Agriculture in in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and applied for one in 2022.
Our Eat Grow Show Challenge funded from the 2018 grant is available for download here.
We have had a long history with Oregon Women in Agriculture (OWA), which includes collaboration on one of the longest lasting consumer education programs in the state: crop identification signs, which is a project that OWA members started more than 40 years ago and Aglink helped expand. OWA is a member of our association and our executive director is a past president of OWA.
We were part of the founding board for this natural resource leadership program in our state and are proud annual Ruby sponsors, too. We sponsor board members and staff to participate. We have had board members in every class since Class 1 and we have 3 staff alum from Class 2, 3 and 4, too! The program exposes a cross-section of representatives from Oregon’s natural resource community to the diversity of our state’s geography, economy, and cultures.
We sponsor and help spread the word to our Adopt a Farmer (AAF) teachers about Summer Ag Institute (SAI), an amazing three-credit, week-long, graduate-level class through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture. We sponsor the program annually, as well as offer a scholarship to one AAF teacher because the goal of SAI is to help educators use agriculture as a context for teaching standard subjects like science, math, social studies, and English. Current, factual, and scientific information about agriculture is presented, and participants are provided with educational materials to help them incorporate what they’ve learned into their classrooms.