Meaningful Connections Support



Sometimes the best place to start tackling global issues is in our own backyard. We believe that strengthening connections between the innovative pioneers that make up our membership, our client network and our coalition of partners is a solid foundation for success. Our work pushing for regional and national change looks toward our connections with each other in order to create ripples of impact. Finding value in shared commitments and engaging all affected communities helps shorten the distance between ideas and implementation.

We focus our grassroots strategic approach on the following values:

+ Good conversations need good listeners.

Our work brings together all participants in the food supply chain from consumers to farmers, retailers and processors. In order to deepen understanding of how challenges in the field influence all of us, we’ve learned to join in conversations as an active listener. Far too often we see how competition for funding or attention results in people with common purpose drowning each other out. Meaningful connections require a sense of trust, security and cooperation; we value the input of those we serve in order to make sure our work targets all aspects of a problem.

+ People depend on each other to learn and grow.

In a landscape of competing and confusing information overload, people still turn to each other for help, support and reliable knowledge. When issues arise for a farmer facing drought, case studies and data analysis don’t convey the value of a person’s direct experience. Our work brings together people from all disciplines – research labs to in-the-field practitioners – to develop new models of practice from our shared knowledge and action.

+ Grassroots engagement responds to real needs.

For four decades we’ve been proud to work alongside countless advocates to demand a complete reimagining of our food and how we produce it. From local town hall meetings to our peer-sourced magazine In Good Tilth to joining advocacy coalitions, Oregon Tilth continues to explore new opportunities to keep moving organic forward. We believe these critical efforts should reflect realities on-the-ground by engaging all players, big and small.

+ Self-reliance puts people in control of meaningful work.

While public policy and the business community require our unyielding attention to change how we produce our food, we can also make strong contributions from the bottom up. Decreasing our dependency on funding and action strategies that work from top-down will enable partner networks to collectively marshal resources.