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Lauren Gwin

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Lauren is OSU's Extension Community Food Systems Specialist and Associate Director of the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems. Her extension, outreach, and applied research focus on public policy and regulations, small-scale processing and value chains, and markets within local and regional food systems; small farm profitability and long-term viability; and sustainable community-based food system development. She also directs the national Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network. 

Content by Lauren Gwin

La guía de buenas prácticas para el sacrificio al aire libre de aves de corral

Los productores de aves de corral en Oregón que cumplen con ciertas condiciones pueden sacrificar sus pollos, pavos y otras aves de corral al aire libre. Sin embargo, deben cumplir con los requisitos para la sanitización, el...

Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Lauren Gwin | Aug 2020 | OSU Extension Catalog

Community food systems indicators in Oregon: An introduction

The Community Food System Indicators is a curated collection within Oregon State University Extension's Rural Communities Explorer. The CFS Indicators span the food system, from production to consumption, and data are available at ...

Shannon Caplan, Lauren Gwin, Mallory Rahe | Mar 2018 | Article

A Best-Practices Guide to Open-Air Poultry Slaughter

Oregon poultry producers who meet certain conditions can slaughter chicken, turkey and other birds in an open-air setting. But they still must meet requirements for sanitation, monitoring, recordkeeping and more. These resources can ...

Lauren Gwin, Rebecca Thistlethwaite | Jan 2020 | OSU Extension Catalog

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.

Lauren Gwin, Shannon Caplan | Jun 2019 | 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

Shannon Caplan, Mallory Rahe, Lauren Gwin, Benjamin Antolin | Jun 2019 | Educational document

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