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Northeast Oregon Regional Food Systems Collaborative

NEOEDD is part of a collaborative group seeking to improve the regional food system in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. While there are food systems activites occurring in all three counties, this collaborative as a whole is currently inactive.


Wallowa County

The Wallowa County Food System Council (WCFSC) is an ad hoc group composed of representatives of the Wallowa County Farmers Market; Lower Valley Farmers Market; The Magic Garden; Community Connection; Oregon State University Extension Service; Winding Waters Medical Clinic; and ranchers, farmers, and interested consumers. The vision of the WCFSC is community members engaged in nurturing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development, and sustainable agriculture.

The WCFSC completed a community food assessment in 2012 with the help of RARE AmeriCorp volunteer Joshua Russell, available here. An addendum to update the community food assessment was completed in 2015, with the help of RARE AmeriCorp volunteer Lauren Johnson. Read the 2015 Addendum here.

Using findings from the 2012 assessment, the council created the first strategic plan in 2013 and council members, partners, and volunteers began working to implement the top three priorities from the strategic plan. The council continues to meet on an as-needed basis, with an annual planning meeting typically held in the fall. The 2015 WCFSC Strategic Plan is available here. The 2016 council priorities are here.

More information about Wallowa County Food Systems

Wallowa County Shared Use Commercial Kitchen Feasibility Study 2012 here
Wallowa County Value-Added Meat Products Feasibility and Market Research 2009 here

Wallowa County Food-Hub Feasibility Study 2017 here


2017 Meyer Memorial Trust and Oregon Food Bank Grants

In 2017, the Meyer Memorial Trust funded food-systems activities including assisting OSU Extension in La Grande's RARE Americorp, Jeannette Krampien, to write a community food assessment for Union and Baker counties.

The WCFSC, via partners NEOEDD, Magic Garden, and OSU Extension Service, received a minigrant in 2017 from Oregon Food Bank to support one or more community-sourced projects. The press release is here, notes from the FEAST event are here and notes from the WCFSC meeting to determine minigrant recipients are here.

NEOEDD staff Kristy Athens was supported by MMT funds to research a food-hub feasibility study for Wallowa County, which was published in Dec. 2017 here.


Oregon Community Food Systems Network

NEOEDD helped form the Oregon Community Food Systems Network (OCFSN), a collaborative network of nonprofit organizations and allies dedicated to strengthening local and regional food systems to deliver better economic, social, health and environmental outcomes across the state. Staff Sara Miller continues to serve on its leadership team.

OCFSN’s Vision: All Oregonians have meaningful access to healthy and affordable foods that are grown and processed regionally in an environmentally and economically resilient food system that provides entrepreneurial opportunity and fulfilling livelihoods for employees throughout the supply chain.

Mission: OCFSN provides networking, information sharing, research, education, training, planning, fundraising, coordination, evaluation, and communications capacity to enhance the ability of participating organizations to achieve our food system vision.

More information about the OCFSN structure and purpose are available in the summary document here.

Access to Capital

The Oregon Dept. of Agriculture collects links to USDA and other loans, plus other resources here.

Farm Services Agency Loans Guidebook, published in 2018, is here.


Other Resources

Oregon Home Baking Bill guidelines

Oregon Farm Direct Marketing Law guidelines

Oregon 1,000 Bird Exemption rules

Travel Oregon Agritourism

Center for Rural Affairs Rural Food Business Toolkit

Food Safety Modernization Act information from OSU

Using Food Scraps for Feed guidelines

Dry Storage Tips (pdf)

Open Source HACCP plans

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition publications

Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network resources

Kansas State Center for Rural Enterprise Management

Oregon Community Food Systems Network