Sherman County eNews #178

CONTENTS

  1. Restore Oregon’s 2019 Heritage Barn Workshop, Sept. 14

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

  3. Precious Time to Think

  4. Coalition Receives $1.5 Million to Provide Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables to Low-Income Oregonians

  5. Oregon’s paid family leave now one of the USA’s most expensive

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


1. Restore Oregon’s 2019 Heritage Barn Workshop, Sept. 14

farm.windmillOn Saturday, September 14, Restore Oregon will host their annual 2019 Heritage Barn Workshop where barn owners will learn practical solutions from experts on how to maintain, rehabilitate, and adapt old barns for today’s needs. Attendees will learn about the history and construction of barns as well as maintenance, stabilization, funding opportunities, and preservation. The workshop will also highlight the crucial steps toward transitioning the family farm to future generations. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience live hand-hewing demonstrations by David Rogers, founder and operator of Logs & Timbers, LLC, who has over 40 years experience in log building restoration.

Heritage barns are an iconic symbol of Oregon’s agricultural and rural heritage. With the rapid changes in farming and ranching, diminishing resources, and loss of skilled craftspeople with knowledge of barn preservation and restoration, there is a special urgency for preservationists to partner with the agricultural community. Restore Oregon, through its Heritage Barns Task Force formed in 2011, has made it a priority to bring together the state’s most well-versed experts to share their experiences and skills. We are honored to offer this opportunity to support Oregon ranchers, farmers, barn owners, barn enthusiasts, and their allies in sharing their passion for our agricultural heritage and their ability to retain and enhance its usefulness into the future.

The annual Heritage Barn Workshop will be held in Bend at the Bend Park and Recreation District’s historic Hollinshead Barn. Restore Oregon has partnered with the Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission to provide this exceptional educational opportunity. Space is limited, purchase your tickets today at www.retoreoregon.org<http://www.retoreoregon.org>.

Event Details:

When: Saturday, September 14 from 10 AM – 5:30 PM

Cost: $40 per ticket, includes snacks, lunch with choice of sandwich and side, and beverages

Location: Hollinshead Barn in Bend, Oregon, 1235 NE Jones Rd, Bend, OR 97701

For more information, please call 503-243-1923


2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday July 3 @ the Grass Valley First Baptist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can.  ~ Red Gibbs


3. Precious Time to Think

Does being alone have to mean loneliness? Not necessarily. In fact, there is a good chance we all could use a certain amount of solitude. How much time do you spend alone, and how do you use this solitude?

If you live with others, time alone may sometimes seem like a precious commodity. However, it is important that you arrange to have some time alone, now and then. Not just a few minutes or hours, either, but a significant chunk of time you can call your own, planned for and taken.

If you live alone, you may feel isolated and lonely. Perhaps you try to fill your time with company or busy-work to keep yourself distracted. With hundreds of cable channels and the endless labyrinth of the internet, it’s pretty easy to keep ourselves distracted.

However, solitude, if you use it wisely, presents some wonderful opportunities for self-knowledge and growth that you really can’t get in any other way. Time alone, spent positively and thoughtfully, gives us a chance to explore our own values, develop a personal philosophy, and discover what is really important to us, without having to contend with other people’s expectations.

Now, this isn’t something you can do in one sitting and it’s not necessarily easy, either. But it is exciting and meaningful, and when you ask yourself the right questions, the answers you come up with can change your life. For example, what contribution do you want to make to the world? What is missing in your life? What is there too much of? What are your passions, what really gives you joy? Where is your life out of balance? What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Perhaps now would be a good time to set aside some moments of solitude and let those things you’ve been pushing away – because you have told yourself that “I don’t have time right now” – come to the surface. Let go of any fear or trepidation. Give those things you’ve been pushing away some thought-time, and perhaps allow an insight or two to see the light of day.

Getting to know yourself takes time, but it’s almost a guarantee that the effort you make will be well worth it. Time alone, just to think, is priceless. You might even discover a new best friend. ~The Pacific Institute


4. Coalition Receives $1.5 Million to Provide Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables to Low-Income Oregonians

Fighting food insecurity just got a little easier for SNAP recipients 

Portland, Ore – July 3, 2019 – Today, a coalition led by Farmers Market Fund, is pleased to announce the award of a $1.5 million state appropriation to expand the SNAP Double Up Food Bucks program. The Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program helps SNAP participants access fresh fruits and vegetables. For every dollar spent on SNAP-eligible foods at participating farmers markets, Double Up Food Bucks recipients will now receive an additional dollar to spend on Oregon-grown fruits and veggies. Over 600,000 Oregonians, more than a third of whom are children, currently receive SNAP benefits.

“We’re delighted the state of Oregon has chosen to invest in Double Up Food Bucks,” says Molly Notarianni, Farmers Market Fund Program Director. “It’s a triple win: these state funds will uplift Oregon farmers, families, and local economies.”

For nearly a decade, Farmers Market Fund has worked to connect SNAP participants with local produce. Additionally, they’ve partnered with Oregon Food Bank since 2015 to offer DUFB at 53 farmers markets and 31 farm shares across 16 Oregon counties. Surveys of participants demonstrate the program’s produce incentives work. “I can hardly afford to feed my growing kids, and junk food is more affordable than healthy foods these days,” explained one shopper. “Thanks to Double Up, I have the opportunity to expose my kids to fresh, local healthy food!”

Despite Double Up’s success, SNAP matching programs currently exist in only half of Oregon’s farmers markets. This leaves many farmers markets, especially those in rural areas, without any SNAP incentive program. The appropriation will support the expansion of DUFB to most farmers markets in the state, as well as new farm share sites. The program will also expand into select grocery outlets, allowing for greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables in areas of the state not currently served by farmers markets.

”Oregon’s farmers markets are very committed to working towards being accessible to customers of all income levels,” says Kelly Crane, Executive Director, Oregon Farmers Markets Association. “This is an important step in that direction.”

“Investing in the Double-Up Food Bucks Programs is a win-win for SNAP recipients, farmers, and Oregon’s economy,” says Spencer Masterson, Associate Director of Partnerships & Programs Oregon Food Bank. “When 1 in 8 Oregonians are facing food insecurity, we support all efforts to put dollars in people’s hands that give them access to fresh, healthy food options.”

The Double Up coalition includes the Farmers Market Fund, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Farmers Markets Association, the Portland Area CSA Coalition, and the American Heart Association, organizations that approach ending hunger, improving health, and supporting farmers from complementary perspectives.

About Farmers Market Fund                                            Founded in 2012 as the charitable companion to Portland Farmers Market, Farmers Market Fund makes healthy, locally grown food accessible to underserved Oregonians. By doubling SNAP benefits at farmers markets across Oregon, Farmers Market Fund helps families bring home more fruits and vegetables, give small farmers an economic boost, and keeps food dollars in our local economy. For more information, visit farmersmarketfund.org

About Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes… because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank helps feed the human spirit of 260,000 people a month through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming. Find out how to feed the human spirit at oregon food bank.org


5. Oregon’s paid family leave now one of the USA’s most expensive

Oregon.Flat.poleBy Oregon Small Business Association

The Oregon House and Senate has passed House Bill 2005 which mandates a new paid family and medical leave tax that establishes a new state-run insurance program. This applies to businesses with 25 or more employees and to employees who earned more than $1000 in wages.

This bill allows up to 12 weeks of paid leave relating to issues of birth of a new child, adopting a child, adopting a foster child, illness, recovery and caregiving for someone in your household. House Bill 2005 is the first paid leave plan in the nation to offer low-income workers a 100% wage replacement. This 100% wage replacement would be among the nation’s most generous and expensive.

The 1% tax is on gross wages of employees and is split between employer and employee. Payroll taxes to the paid family and medical leave fund would not begin until January 1, 2022. If signed by Governor Kate Brown, Oregon would join California, Washington and six other states in becoming a paid family and medical leave mandate state.

House Bill 2005 was very controversial during the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session and almost did not pass. The bill lasted until the final weekend of the Session before the June 30th midnight deadline when the Oregon Legislature officially convened.


6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

bird.owl.limbOregon’s Bounty Farm Stand Guide

Condon Chamber of Commerce

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce

Amazing Exhibits at Sherman County Historical Museum

Oregon Governor Signs Sweeping Union Rights Law Affecting Public Employers

Commentary: Moving grain is a major market for U.S. and Canadian railroads

Drugs at sea – more coke plus more ships equals more problems

Oregon driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants won’t trigger voter registration