TAKE ACTION: One week to left to pass HB 2739

We have ONE WEEK to get this bill passed (HB 2739). Don't let it die before the legislative session is over on July 10th. Our representatives need to hear from us about why it's important to take action on this bill TODAY. We need you to take 5 minutes to send a few emails, make a few phone calls, and ask your friends to do the same. It's an easy task with a huge impact. Can you take 5 minutes to contact your reps RIGHT NOW? Instructions here: www.cultivateoregon.org/take_action

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About HB 2739 - Over the past decade, repeated episodes of contamination by genetically engineered (GE) plants have cost U.S. farmers billions of dollars. The Legislature needs to act to:

  • Hold patent holders responsible for contamination events — not pit farmer against farmer. HB 2739 will do so.
  • Protect high-value crops in Oregon, such as specialty seed, wheat and alfalfa, which have been put at significant risk by GE contamination.
  • Protect communities from the unwanted presence of invasive GE weeds, such as Creeping Bentgrass, now de-regulated and spreading in Malheur and Jefferson counties.


The text of HB 2739 can be found here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HB2739


Join us for our Winter Seed Swap! July 16th

Please join Cultivate Oregon for a winter garden seed swap!

When: Sunday, July 16th 2 to 5pm

Where: The Garden and Carriage House, Portland OR.

Grow a winter garden to harvest from or to overwinter for an early spring harvest. We’ll share seed varieties especially well-suited for the Pacific Northwest. Cultivate Oregon will have seeds on hand to distribute, but feel free to bring some to share and swap. We’ll also have a limited amount of supplies to plant seeds and will discuss when to plant the sprouted starts and how to harvest from a winter garden.

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TAKE ACTION: HB 2739 Protect Oregon’s Agriculture - Hearing scheduled for May 23rd

URGENT! HB 2739 Protect Oregon’s Agriculture - Hearing scheduled at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 23rd in the Capitol in Salem – HR 50. TAKE ACTION! Write, call, show up in person. Details below...

Over the past decade, repeated episodes of contamination by genetically engineered plants have cost U.S. farmers billions of dollars. The Legislature needs to act to:

  • Hold patent holders responsible for contamination events — not pit farmer against farmer.
  • Protect high-value crops in Oregon, such as specialty seed, wheat and alfalfa, which have been put at significant risk by GE contamination.
  • Protect communities from the unwanted presence of invasive GE weeds, such as Creeping Bentgrass, now de-regulated and spreading in Malheur and Jefferson counties.

The hearing is at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 23rd in the Capitol in Salem – HR 50.

Please, take a minute now and send an email in support of HB 2739 to the individual committee members.

Include “HB 2739” and “Support” in the subject line and email the members of the House Committee On Rules listed below.

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Our Family Farms - Seed Sanctuary Celebration, May 20th

From our friends at Our Family Farms -- "Join us Saturday, May 20th at Caldera Tap House in Downtown Ashland to celebrate our 3rd Birthday! Come by between 3:30 and 5:30 for cake and light appetizers and Raise a glass to toast our Victory!"

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/120366261851946

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Updates on SB 1037 and HB 2739

4/12/2017 | On April 12th, we joined friends and local Oregon farmers at the Capital for a hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 1037.

SB 1037 would restore counties' rights to protect local farmers' crops from harmful effects of GE crops. These rights were stripped in the 2013 special session with the passage of SB 863 (replacing SB 633) which created statewide preemption, prohibiting Oregon county and city governments from passing measures regulating the use of seed.

Passage of SB 1037 would provide a legislative fix for Josephine County and protect their GE crop ban passed in 2014 (Measure 17-58). Jackson County also passed a GE crop ban (Measure 15-119), but was not effected by the statewide preemption.

If this bill passes, Josephine County can join Jackson County in protecting their farmers and seeds from GE contamination, and would make Josephine County the 9th GE FREE ZONE in the United States.

Stay tuned for more updates, news, and insights from us and our friends. We also want to send a huge thank you to everyone that showed up at the hearing, submitted testimony, and shared our actions! Every little part you do makes a huge difference! Our Family Farms, Center for Food Safety, Friends of Family Farmers, Oregonians for Safe Farms and Families.

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Solstice Dance!

We hope you can join us for our Solstice Dance on Saturday, December 17th! This is our first fundraising event for Cultivate Oregon! We are a new non-profit and a proud sponsored project of Earth Island Institute. Our mission is to grow a regenerative, diverse, and equitable food system in Oregon. We are working to promote biodiversity, pollinator and soil health, seed heritage, and water resources with the aim of reducing pesticide use and promoting food transparency.

Please join us and celebrate the Winter Solstice with live music, great food, and lot's of dancing!

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Join us at the Neil Young Concert on Oct. 7th!

Cultivate Oregon will be tabling at the Rebel Content Tour in Portland, OR on October 7th. Come out and join us! Neil Young + Promise of the Real will be performing in support of their new album - The Monsanto Years

“The Monsanto Years are here and we are living them. Monsanto is the poster-child for what is wrong with corporate controlled government in our world. Our upcoming record, The Monsanto Years, encompasses several associated subjects that millions of people worldwide are concerned about and active in. Earth is not ours. We are of the Earth. That’s how I feel. When we plunder our own home we hurt our children and their children after them. I feel responsible.” – Neil Young.



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