Local, Regional, and Community Food Systems

Oregon and the US have a similar distribution of types of food stores. The US has slightly more convenience stores and grocery stores.

Change in the number and distribution of food stores in Oregon 2011-2016


People source food in a variety of ways from growing their own to relying on prepared meals. Ideally, people and families have the access and resources to purchase the types of food that support a healthy diet regardless of their location or income. Understanding the availability of food shopping locations and how the numbers of stores are changing provides some insights into which areas of the state offer more or fewer choices. This article briefly examines changes in four common food shopping locations: grocery stores, supercenters and warehouse club stores, convenience stores, and specialized food stores for Oregon and the U.S.

By Mallory Rahe

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Introduction to Community Food System Indicators


The Community Food System Indicators curated collection is now available in Oregon State University Extension’s Rural Communities Explorer. The CFS Indicators span the food system, from production to...

By Shannon Caplan, Lauren Gwin, Mallory Rahe

Results of Union & Baker County Community Food Assessment now available and new projects underway!


When Oregon Food Bank (OFB) was looking to complete the last Community Food Assessment (CFA) for Oregon, they contacted OSU Extension Service, Union County for help in sponsoring the AmeriCorps RARE...

By Robin Maille

Economic Impact: For every dollar spent by consumers on food from a local producer, 76 cents stays in the local community. For imported food, 28 cents stays in the local community.

Economic Impact of Local Food Producers in Central Oregon


In 2016, OSU Extension, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, and the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance conducted a study of the economic pact of local food in Central Oregon. What follows is the...

By Lauren Gwin, Mallory Rahe

Food Hubs and Wholesale Market Development


A “Wholesale Market Development” tour hosted by the Oregon Community Food Systems Network identified both opportunities and challenges for farmers trying to scale from direct to wholesale markets, and...

Rainshine Family Farm, Joyful Noise, Turpen Family Farm, White River Duck Farms, Pitchfork & Crow

Small Farms and a Regional Food Bank Grow Community Food Security


At this year’s OSU Small Farms Conference, we heard about an innovative partnership between a regional food bank and local farms. Linn-Benton Food Share (LBFS), which serves Linn and Benton counties,...

By Lauren Gwin

Local Food Production and Sales Increase in the Rogue Valley


Rogue Valley farmers and producers grew and sold more food to local consumers in 2015 compared to 2013 according to an ongoing research study conducted by Southern Oregon University (SOU). Many...

Lessons Learned in Local Meat Processing: the Livestock Producers Cooperative Association


(This is an excerpt from a more in-depth NMPAN case study).

The Livestock Producers Cooperative Association (LPCA) is a USDA-inspected multi-species meat processing plant in Odessa, Washington,...

Veggie Rx in Oregon


This article summarizes results of an Oregon-wide survey of “Veggie Rx” programs, conducted by the Veggie Rx working group of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.

New Food Campus in Portland Provides Local Producers With New Opportunities


The Redd on Salmon Street is a new Ecotrust development located in the heart of Portland’s historic Central Eastside that is designed to support local food enterprises, connect chefs, foodservice...

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