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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

FAQ About Using Custom-Exempt Slaughter and Processing Facilities in Oregon

If livestock producers in Oregon wish to sell meat, they must have their livestock slaughtered and processed at a USDA-inspected facility. Some producers have chosen to sell live animals, which the customers, as the new owners, can then have processed at a “custom-exempt,” state licensed facility.

By Lauren Gwin, | Publication

Food Hubs in Oregon: What have we learned?

Can you grow your local food economy by building a food hub? Many communities around Oregon have been exploring food hubs as a way to get more locally grown food into local markets, including...

By Lauren Gwin, Teagan Moran, Matt Buck | Article

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

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

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

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