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Organically Grown in Oregon

September 14-20, 2009 has been declared Organically Grown in Oregon Week by Governor Ted Kulongowski. The week will celebrate, promote and demonstrate the importance or organic agriculture in Oregon.

Celebrate and Inspire Organic Agriculture in Oregon: Sept. 14-20, 2009

Governor Kulongoski’s action came at the request of the Oregon Organic Coalition (OOC), which will coordinate an agenda of activities throughout the week, all designed to celebrate Oregon’s organic agriculture.  Since the first OGOW events were held in the late 1980’s, the organic trade has grown, matured and received greater respect from policy- and law-makers.  The opportunity to celebrate our labor and its fruits remains similarly before us.  There is now considerably more focus on “local” and “regional”, and what better way to make the case for both organic and local, than with an event that focuses on the organic trade within our state.

The OOC will see that the celebration and its activities are publicized, and will provide support materials as the budget allows.  However, this event is really about the grassroots, and most of the action will come from the individuals, businesses and communities that participate in “organic world” on a daily basis.  Will you help? 

Farm tours, Farmers’ Market booths, in-store demos, press and promos, and whatever else that can be imagined and realized: we need to know what you are willing to organize or participate in, so that we can offer support and coordinate the efforts of the various sectors and businesses within Oregon’s organic trade.
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Governor's Proclamation

"Whereas Oregon's organic agricultural trade is a vital segment of Oregon's economy, with more than 397 certified farms operating on over 83,000 acres and bringing in over $52 million in farmgate sales in 2006; and
Whereas Oregon's organic agricultural trade, working with Oregon's state government, has been a leader in the development of U.S. organic trade, having passed the first organic standards legislation in the U.S. in 1973 and having revised the Oregon Organic Foods Law in 1989, which served as the model for eventual national organic standards; and
Whereas Oregon's organic agricultural trade has proven to be a constant innovator, having first published organic certification standards in 1987, first promoted a large-scale celebration of the trade when Governor Neil Goldschmidt declared the first Organically Grown in Oregon Week in 1988; and having first established a statewide advocacy group, Oregon Organic Coalition, to represent the trade to private and public interests;

THEREFORE:   I, Theodore R. Kulongoski, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim
                     September 14-20
Organically Grown in Oregon Week
in Oregon and encourage all Oregonians to join in this observance.


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