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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Latest Resources

The Broadfork

A radio segment that showcases local farming practices, tips, and resources for small-scale agriculture by interviewing both farmers and university experts on agricultural topics. Listen in on Third Wednesdays on KMUZ at 88.5FM or 100.7FM during the Willamette Wake-Up at 8:00am.


Updated Community Food System Indicators Now Available on OSU’s Rural Communities Explorer (June 2019)

Updated CFS indicator data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture are available on OSU Extension’s Rural Communities Explorer’s Communities Reporter Tool 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, Shannon Caplan, | Article

Oregon's Community Food Systems Indicators 2019 Profiles - Census of Ag Updates

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

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Give yourself a gift by becoming an OSU Extension Master Gardener

Dec 21, 2018
Serving as a Master Gardener keeps you on your horticultural toes.

By Kym Pokorny | News Story

Two new administrators join OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences

Jan 20, 2015
Daniel Edge named associate dean; Sam Angima becomes assistant dean for outreach and engagement

By Peg Herring | News Story

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