Local, Regional, and Community Food Systems

Stephen Ward

Oregon communities, rural and urban, are taking their food systems into their own hands. They are improving food security and human health, healing the natural environment, strengthening local economies, and addressing inequities across the food system. OSU Extension is engaged in the local, regional, and community food systems movement through the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, the OSU Small Farms team, and the interdisciplinary Community Food Systems team within Extension. We partner with communities and organizations across the state, including the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.  

This section provides information, educational resources, and applied research related to building equitable, health-promoting, and ecologically and economically resilient food systems across Oregon.  

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Oregon Agriculture by the Numbers - 2017 Census of Agriculture Data

The Census of Agriculture, conducted every 5 years, provides a comprehensive look at U.S. farms and the people who operate them. This set of articles and educational documents will explore trends in Oregon Agriculture.

By Mallory Rahe, Lauren Gwin, Shannon Caplan, Benjamin Antolin, | Collection

New Community Food System Indicators on OSU’s Rural Community Explorer!

Updated data on Oregon’s food processors, food stores, farm employment and compensation, and SNAP access are available on OSU Extension’s Rural Community Explorer’s Communities Reporter for the state and all counties. The CFS Indicators are a partnership between OSU Extension and the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.

By Lauren Gwin, Mallory Rahe, | Article

Oregon's Community Food System Indicators 2019 Profiles

Browse this PDF to find printed data for all 36 counties in Oregon which provides updated indicators from the Community Food System Indicator dataset. Find this data online at https://oe.oregonexplorer.info/rural/CommunitiesReporter/

By Mallory Rahe, Lauren Gwin, Shannon Caplan, Benjamin Antolin, | Educational Document

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