Benton County

Dana Allen Contact

Moved to Corvallis, Oregon in 1990, joining her father and multi-generations of her family. Began Rebel Farms in 1993 building a farm store, greenhouses and hydroponic systems specializing in salad greens, herbs, and edible flowers. Many soil crops, nuts, and fruits were also grown. With the encouragement of Alan Kapular of Peace Seeds, she learned about organic agriculture and seed gathering. The farm store, vending at farmers markets (and serving on the board), free tours for the local schools, and many organizations, Dana soon developed a deep web of connections and collaborations within the community and beyond. In 2008 Dana sold the farm and became dedicated to building and connecting her neighbors and the community at large around sharing and caring for the people and place we call home. She joined the steering committee at the founding of the Benton County Community Rights Coalition in early 2012 and became a chief petitioner for the ordinance that would secure a local, sustainable food system, protect the peoples right to seed sovereignty, GMOs being a violation of that right, assert the rights of natural communities that sustains all agriculture, and the people’s right to govern in the places where they live.

Lane County

John Herberg

John has been involved in the environmental-social activist community with various organizations, in various locations, playing a variety of roles for over 20 years.  He has a degree in Computer Science, but due to his strong belief that it is important to live by our values, his “real job” is as manager and  bike courier with Pedalers Express 🙂  He believes the two most important moves to make change in the world are to live according to your values and changing the existing dysfunctional system at its core.

Douglas County

Mary Geddry

May publishes, a southern Oregon coast centric blog focusing upon social, economic and environmental justice. She began blogging when her oldest son went to war in Iraq and identifies as a Marine mom. Mary served on the board of ROP and has been active with Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace and multiple peace organizations. Mary serves on the board of Coos Community Radio – KJAJ-LP FM and Coos Commons Protection Council and is a chief petitioner for the citizen initiative The Coos County Right to a Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance.

Lincoln County

Maria Kraus

Columbia County

Nancy Ward

In Remembrance….

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Audrey Moore (RIP – you’re missed Audrey!!)

(Deceased 04/2015)

I’m simply a woman, who is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother whose life took an abrupt turn in January of 2011 when I went from retiree to activist, advocate and defender of life. The shift took place when  learning Atrazine was going to be sprayed by helicopter on 70 private acres of timber land owned by our local mill,  less than two miles from my home. What began was a journey of research and discovery.  What was Atrazine? More importantly, how was it possible helicopters were allowed to spray toxic chemicals into residential neighborhoods in Oregon? Friends and neighbors formed a group and named ourselves Precious Dirt, our original goal being to bring public awareness to these practices.

After years of working ‘within the system’, what we now call the ‘Box’, we realized we the people have zero rights when it comes to these toxic applications. In Oregon the powers to be crafted a law called The Right to Farm and Forest Act, which is nothing more than yet another preemptive law taking away local rights of citizens. In this case to resist toxic applications, while giving the power to the corporations and our state to freely use these practices.
Thank goodness after three years of seeking help we discovered CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) and created the Freedom from Pesticides Alliance. Our hope was to craft an initiative to give citizens the right to say no to these toxic practices. We lost our first attempt, but have by no means given up the fight to protect our right to say no to the toxic trespass this state has wrought against its citizens for far too long. The health of our air, water, and soil, and bodies is critical to the health of our communities and future.  The miracle of life is in urgent need of protection—hence our work.