Our mission is to advance climate resilience on farms in Oregon through collaboration, education, and policy advocacy. We work with farmers, researchers, technical assistance providers, non-profits, and policy makers to promote, improve, and better understand farming for climate resilience in Oregon.
OrCAN is focused on advancing farm-based solutions for climate resilience that store more carbon in the soil and work for a farmer’s bottom-line.
We envision a future where farmers and ranchers are valued for stewarding the land and providing clean water, clean air, and healthy food.
Beginning in 2017 as an informal network, OrCAN has held the unique position of advocating for agricultural solutions to climate change in Oregon’s legislature. In 2020, we organized over 300 stakeholders in support of incentivizing best practices for climate resilience on Oregon’s Farms
Today, we’re building an inclusive and collaborative producer driven network as well as an education program and continuing to advocate for policies in the state that benefit farmers.
We are part of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network, the National Healthy Soils Policy Network, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Western Cover Crop Council.
Building a Collaborative, Inclusive, Producer Driven Network
We are connecting policy, research, education, and the work of farmers and ranchers on the ground so they work together. We are investing in building relationships with the organizations, agencies and individuals interested in farming for climate resilience. It is also critical that we create a network that is multicultural and inclusive as we move forward.
Building Capacity of Oregon’s Producers: Education Program
Farming for climate resilience looks different depending on what crops a farmer is growing, at what scale, and which markets they are selling to. We know there are Oregon farmers that are already doing the work of implementing farming practices for climate resilience on their land today. And we recognize that the best pathway to catalyze change on farms is for farmers to hear from other farmers, whom they trust and can relate to. We’ll identify agriculture stakeholders/producers in each region of the state, representing a variety of farm sizes and types, who can provide farmer-to-farmer education, sharing best practices with their peers. Interested in participating? Fill out our survey here!
We are collaborating with existing farmer education programs in Oregon that farmers trust and rely on—from soil and water conservation districts to beginning farmer education programs. Click here for more information on our 2021 Train the Trainer: Farming for Climate Resilience in collaboration with OSU Extension.
Policies and Programs that Fit Farms
OrCAN recognizes the vital role of farmers as part of the solution to climate change. We work with farmers to advocate for policies and programs that fit our farms. We’re currently focused on the state-wide directives set in motion by Governor Brown’s Climate Action Plan. The Plan is unprecedented in its scope and scale—it mandates action by state agencies on climate change and will intersect with agriculture in several ways. OrCAN is engaged with the Global Warming Commission’s and state agencies' mandate to propose state goals, policies, and programs for climate change mitigation on Oregon’s natural and working lands. In collaboration with our agricultural stakeholders, OrCAN is providing input to ensure that the state goals are strong on climate mitigation, practical for farmers, and support a resilient food economy. Interested in learning more? Check out our 2021 info session on Opportunities for Agriculture in Oregon's Climate Action Plan: check out the slides here and a recording of the presentation can be found here. Here are OrCAN’s current Policy Recommendations.