Clatsop County

Key Organizations and Activities

Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank completed a community food assessment for Clatsop County in 2010.

North Coast Food Web, a local non-profit, is involved in many food system efforts, including:

  • Hosting the River People Farmers Market.
  • Deploying about 60 “Mobile Gardens” in shopping carts each year, which are distributed to schools, senior centers, and low-income housing developments.
  • Developing community and school gardens.
  • Renovating a 1,200 sq. ft. building for use as meeting space and a community kitchen.

North Coast Food Web and the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank collaborated to offer the Cooking Matters program (developed by Share Our Strength and administered in Oregon by Oregon Food Bank). Each Cooking Matters course includes six 2.5-hour classes with hands-on cooking and nutrition instruction. Students who complete at least 4 classes receive a certificate, which has reportedly helped some find employment.

Over the last several years, North Coast Food Web has also collaborated with another non-profit, Food Roots, to publish the on-line North Coast Food Guide and to support an annual Grow the Coast Conference.

Other key local organizations include the Astoria Co-op Grocery and Skippanon Brand Seafood, which operates a community supported fisheries program.

Community Goals and Recommendations

In recent years, North Coast Food Web has focused on opening its community kitchen, continuing to grow the River People’s Farmers market, and expanding its cooking, school garden, and nutrition education programs.

Additional goals from the 2010 community food assessment include:

  • Hold quarterly community gatherings to discuss food system updates and networking.
  • Continue to update and distribute the North Coast Food Guide.
  • Support North Coast fisheries.
  • Improve local producers’ access to processing and distribution.
  • Increase market outlets for local producers.
  • Increase amount of local produce and meat in North Coast grocery stores.

Clatsop County, with only 199 total farms, ranks second to last for agricultural production among all Oregon Counties – and has fewer than 20 farms reporting sales of fruits and vegetables.

Growing the local food market further will require increasing the availability and diversity of crops by increasing acreage under production and adoption of season extension strategies.

GENERAL INFORMATION
POPULATION Oregon Clatsop
Population (2007) 3,745,455 37,440
Population (2014) 3,962,710 37,495
Population change from 2007 to 2014 6%   0%
ESTIMATED SPENDING ON FOOD (WESTERN REGION) Oregon Clatsop
2007 ($6,811 per household – average 2.6 persons) $9,811,651,540 $98,078,400
2014 ($7,175 per household – average 2.6 persons) $10,935,555,481 $103,471,779
Change from 2007 to 2014 11%   5%
FOOD ACCESS AND INSECURITY
SUPERMARKETS AND GROCERY STORES Oregon Clatsop
2007 Grocery Stores 751 15
2013 Grocery Stores 768 13
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 2.3%   -13.3%
2007 Citizens Per Grocery Store 4,987 2,496
2013 Citizens Per Grocery Store 5,103 2,867
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 2.3%   14.9%
OTHER SPECIALTY FOOD STORES Oregon Clatsop
2007 394 8
2013 366 12
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -7.1%   50.0%
LOW INCOME AND LOW ACCESS TO A GROCERY STORE Oregon Clatsop
2006 Percentage 1.0% 2.1%
2006 People Affected 36,785 734
2010 Percentage (latest data available) 5.0% 10.6%
2010 People Affected 195,215 3,933
Percentage Change 2006 to 2010 404.3%   404.8%
AVERAGE COST OF A MEAL Oregon Clatsop
2009 (National Cost: $2.54) $2.60 $2.29
2013 (National Cost: $2.79) $2.77 $2.83
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 6.5%   23.6%
INDIVIDUALS BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL Oregon Clatsop
2009 (5-year estimates 2005-2009) 13.6% 12.6%
2014 (5-year estimates 2010-2014) 16.7% 15.8%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2012 22.8%   25.4%
FOOD INSECURITY RATE Oregon Clatsop
2009 16.8% 15.1%
2013 15.8% 15.0%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 -6.0%   -0.7%
SNAP PARTICIPATION RATE Oregon Clatsop
2009 68% 65%
2013 73% 76%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 7.4%   16.9%
FARMERS MARKETS ACCEPTING SNAP BENEFITS Oregon Clatsop
2015 Farmers Markets 172 4
2015 Farmers Markets Accepting SNAP 84 3
Percent of Total 49%   75%
       
COMMUNITY CAPACITY      
Oregon Clatsop
Community Food System Assessment Completed Y
Food System Council or Working Group Formed and Active N
Food System Plan Published N
Dedicated Local Food Organization(s) (beyond food assistance) Y
COMMUNITY GARDENS Oregon Clatsop
2014 Number of Community Garden Sites >158 9
2014 Number of Garden Plots Unknown 304
2014 Citizens Per Garden Site <24,804 4,141
NUMBER OF SCHOOL GARDENS Oregon Clatsop
2007 Number of School Gardens 161 0
Number of Schools Included 1,262 15
Percentage of Schools Reported to Have a Garden 12.8% 0.0%
2014 Number of School Gardens (new data as of 1/25/2015) 582 11
Number of Schools Included 1,174 15
Percentage of Schools Reported to Have a Garden 49.6% 73.3%
Percentage Change 2007 to 2014 261.5%   NA
Access to Seed to Supper/Master Gardeners or Equivalent Y
Access to Cooking Matters or Equivalent Y
FARM BASE
LAND IN FARMS Oregon Clatsop
2002: Total Land in Farms 17,080,422 22,234
2012: Total Land in Farms 16,301,578 16,382
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -4.6%   -26.3%
AVERAGE COST PER ACRE Oregon Clatsop
2002: Average Cost per Acre $1,202 $2,776
2012: Average Cost per Acre $1,882 $5,548
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 56.6%   99.9%
NUMBER OF FARMS BY SALES RANGE Oregon Clatsop
2002: Total Farms 40,033 248
2012: Total Farms 35,439 199
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -11.5%   -19.8%
2002: Farms with Sales <$25,000 31,564 221
2012: Farms with Sales <$25,000 26,835 177
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -15.0%   -19.9%
2002: Farm with Sales $25,000 to $99,999 4282 11
2012: Farms with Sales $25,000 to $99,999 3958 10
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -7.6%   -9.1%
2002: Farms with Sales $100,000 to $249,999 1935 6
2012: Farms with Sales $100,000 to $249,999 1,755 3
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -9.3%   -50.0%
2002: Farms with Sales >$250,000 2252 10
2012: Farms with Sales >$250,000 2891 9
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 28.4%   -10.0%
FARMS WITH TYPICAL LOCAL FOOD CROPS Oregon Clatsop
2002: Vegetables, melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes 1708 5
2012: Vegetables, melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes 1889 6
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 10.6%   20.0%
2002: Fruits, tree nuts, berries 5659 9
2012: Fruits, tree nuts, berries 5245 12
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -7.3%   33.3%
2002: Poultry and eggs (all poultry) 4588 33
2012: Poultry and eggs (all poultry) 6054 41
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 32.0%   24.2%
2002: Cattle and calves (farm with sales) 13654 107
2012: Cattle and calves (farm with sales) 11,638 79
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -14.8%   -26.2%
2002: Milk cows (farms with inventory) 1133 15
2012: Milk cows (farms with inventory) 686 5
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -39.5%   -66.7%
2002: Hogs and pigs (farms with sales) 1558 17
2012: Hogs and pigs   (farms with sales) 1172 8
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -24.8%   -52.9%
2002: Sheep and goats 3219 27
2012: Sheep and goats 2810 20
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -12.7%   -25.9%
FARMS WITH TYPICAL LOCAL FOOD CROPS Oregon Clatsop
2002: Total Farms Raising Typical Local Food Crops 31,519 213
2012: Total Farms Raising Typical Local Food Crops 29,494 171
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -6.4%   -19.7%
FOOD CROP DIVERSITY Oregon Clatsop
2007 Number of Different Vegetable, Potato, and/or Melon Crops 42 3
2007 Number of Different Fruit, Berries, Nut Crops 27 7
2007 Number of Different Grain or Cereal Crops 16 0
2007 TOTAL FOOD CROPS 85   10
2007 Average # of different food crops 35 Less Than
2012 Number of Different Vegetable, Potato, and/or Melon Crops 42 16
2012 Number of Different Fruit, Berries, Nut Crops 27 4
2012 Number of Different Grain or Cereal Crops 16 0
2012 TOTAL FOOD CROPS 85   20
Percentage Change in Total Crops from 2007 to 2012 0.0%   100.0%
2012 Average # of different food crops 38 Less Than
Percentage Change in Average # of crops from 2007 to 2012 8.6%
NUMBER OF ORGANIC FARMS Oregon Clatsop
2002: Organic Farms 515 0
2012: Organic Farms 554 0
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 7.6%    
AVERAGE AGE OF FARMERS Oregon Clatsop
2002: Average Age 54.9 56.1
2012: Average Age 59.6 59.1
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 8.6%   5.3%
FARM EMPLOYMENT Oregon Clatsop
2007 67,222 323
2014 61,967 235
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 -7.8%   -27.2%
TOTAL FARM COMPENSATION Oregon Clatsop
2007 $1,020,772,000 $1,012,000
2014 $1,109,671,000 $1,218,000
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 8.7%   20.4%
AVERAGE ANNUAL COMPENSATION PER FARM JOB Oregon Clatsop
2007 $15,185 $3,133
2014 $17,907 $5,183
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 17.9%   65.4%
MARKET LINKAGES
FARMS WITH ON-FARM PACKING FACILITY Oregon Clatsop
2012: Number of Farms 761 7
2012 Percent of Farms with Packing Facilities 2.1%   3.5%
FARMS THAT PRODUCED AND SOLD VALUE-ADDED Oregon Clatsop
2007: Number of Farms 2,807 12
2012: Number of Farms 3,292 22
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 17.3%   83.3%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Value-Added 9.3% 11.1%
SALES TO INDIVIDUALS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Oregon Clatsop
2002: Number of Farms Reporting Direct Sales 6383 34
2012: Number of Farms Reporting Direct Sales 6,680 41
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 4.7%   20.6%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Directly 18.8% 20.6%
2002: Total Reported Direct Sales $21,411,000 $41,000
2012: Total Reported Direct Sales $44,177,000 $242,000
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 106.3%   490.2%
2002 Average Direct Sales per Participating Farm $3,354.38 $1,205.88
2012 Average Direct Sales per Participating Farm $6,613.32 $5,902.44
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 97.2%   389.5%
2002 Farm Direct Sales per Capita $6.11 $1.14
2012 Farm Direct Sales per Capita $11.37 $6.51
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 86.2%   472.9%
FARMS MARKETING PRODUCTS THROUGH A CSA Oregon Clatsop
2007 Marketed through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 311 1
2012 Marketed through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 391 5
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 25.7%   400.0%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Through CSA 1.1% 2.5%
NUMBER OF FARMERS MARKETS Oregon Clatsop
2009 Farmers Markets (Data from ERS Food Environment Atlas) 100 1
2015 Farmers Markets 172 4
Percentage Change from 2009 to 2015 72%   300%
2009 Citizens Per Farmers Market 38,235 37,840
2015 Citizens Per Farmers’ Market 23,039 9,374
Percentage Change 2009 to 2015 -39.7%   -75.2%
SCHOOL DISTRICTS PURCHASING LOCAL FOOD Oregon Clatsop
2014-2015 School Year (ODE Grantee list) 130 3
Number of School Districts 202 5
Percent of Districts Reporting Purchases of Local Food 64%   60%
FARMS MARKETING DIRECT TO RETAIL Oregon Clatsop
2007 No Data
2012 1,898 11
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Direct to Retail 5.4%   5.5%
NUMBER OF SOLE PROPRIETOR FOOD BUSINESSES (NAICS 311) Oregon Clatsop
2007 467 D
2013 753 D
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 61.24%    
TOTAL NUMBER OF FOOD PROCESSOR EMPLOYERS (NAICS 311) Oregon Clatsop
2007 498 20
2013 548 15
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 10.0%   -25.0%
2007 FOOD PROCESSORS BY NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES Oregon Clatsop
1-4 Employees 163 8
5-9 Employees 88 5
10-19 Employees 78 5
20-49 Employees 80 0
50-99 Employees 42 2
100-249 Employees 28 0
More than 250 Employees 19 0
2007 Total Processor Employment 19,582 270
Ranges for non-disclosed data
2007 Total Processor Payroll $686,511,000 $10,692,000
2013 FOOD PROCESSORS BY NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES Oregon Clatsop
1-4 Employees 202 3
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 23.9%   -62.5%
5-9 Employees 110 6
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 25.0%   20.0%
10-19 Employees 70 4
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -10.3%   -20.0%
20-49 Employees 69 0
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -13.8%
50-99 Employees 41 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -2.4%   -50.0%
100-249 Employees 37 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 32.1%    
More than 250 Employees 19 0
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 0.0%
2013 Total Processor Employment 21,661 406
Ranges for non-disclosed data
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 10.6%   50.4%
2013 Total Processor Payroll $848,004,000 $17,194,000
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 23.5%   60.8%