Implementing the Oregon Farm-Direct Law has posed some challenges.
Small farmers report that the information stating how to interpret the law is unclear, and that there are questions regarding liability and proper labeling of products. And farmers market managers that allow sales of farm-direct products want to be assured that the products sold are safe.
To address these challenges and encourage wider implementation of the law, the Oregon State University Extension Service, Family and Community Health Program in Clackamas County, the Metro Small Farms Program and the Oregon Department of Agriculture are partnering to offer 'The Essentials' Field-to-Market workshop. The workshop will explain the Administrative Rules, and address recipe resources, labeling and recordkeeping guidelines, food safety, cost analysis and more. In 2018, approximately 75 farmers attended the workshop, and post-workshop surveys revealed an increase in understanding and confidence to implement the law.