Throughout the years, Oregon Rural Action has participated in a variety of projects and campaigns within our local communities. Below are summaries of some of this work which truly highlights our efforts and values.

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What if your country was swallowed by the sea?

We teamed up with the Eastern Oregon Film Festival (EOFF) to sponsor the film, Anote’s Ark on October 19th - a film with powerful lessons we must heed. A panel discussion followed the film with members from the community of Pacific Islanders here in Union County, the Eastern Oregon Climate Change Coalition, and from Oregon Rural Action.

Below is the link to the EOFF website, where you can watch the trailer to this moving film:

http://eofilmfest.com/anotes-ark/

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farm to school

Oregon Rural Action joined Union County Fit Kids in launching the first Farm to School program in Eastern Oregon. The program has made great strides, working to ensure that students in Union County have access to nutritious school meals that connect them with the agricultural economy of the area and support local foods and farmers.

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solwest fair

After 15 years of success, SolWest Fair for renewable energy shifted sponsorship from EO Renew to Oregon Rural Action. The rich and valuable traditions were retained and the scope was broadened. The 2014 SolWest Fair was held at the Union County fairgrounds in La Grande, Oregon on June 27, 28 & 29. This event highlighted "energy for sustainable communities" with three days of workshops, demonstrations, and vendors that focused on renewable energy and sustainability. This event promoted and shared the importance of energy efficiency, solar and wind energy, alternatively fueled vehicles, sustainable food and living, healthcare, homegrown prosperity, and more.

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Family farm & ranch rally day

Our members, local families, small-scale farmers and ranchers, and local food and agriculture producers gathered in Salem to learn how to become citizen lobbyists. Attendees were provided with training, practice and work within groups, and the opportunity to meet with legislators and other officials to discuss bills and issues most important to our community. Participants also gathered to rally on the Capitol Steps in support of legislative change to improve the agricultural needs of our local, rural areas.

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oregon grows partnership for food & farms

Back in 2010 ORA, Friends of Family Farmers and other food and agriculture organizations around the state decided it was time to develop a legislative coalition that would promote sustainable food and agriculture in our state. Commodity agriculture and agri-business have strong lobbys in Salem, but the needs of small, sustainable, direct-market agriculture and local food production were not being addressed. We saw the need for organizations to come together and create a powerful citizen lobby for sustainable family agriculture and local food and thus the Oregon Grows Partnership (OGP) for Food & Farms was born.

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energy smart schools

The Department of Energy’s Cool Schools Initiative provides free energy audits and low-interest loans to schools interested in upgrading their facilities. For energy smart schools, our members have worked for better insulation, better lighting and even a new boiler in a high school gym.

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Renewable energy

In 2007 Oregon Rural Action sponsored two community forums on residential solar hot water heating systems resulting in fourteen homes in Baker and Union counties converting their homes existing electric or gas hot water heaters to a solar.In 2008 Oregon Rural Action took part in WORC's Homegrown Prosperity Renewable Energy Tour, hosting a converted school bus that was painted green and ran on bio-diesel. Members put on events in communities throughout Eastern Oregon to promote local foods, renewable energy, green construction, energy efficiency, and good paying jobs for rural areas.