Coos County

Indicator Data


Key Organizations and Activities

The South Coast Development Council and the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance published a community food systems assessment for Coos County in 2014. A progress report for both Coos and Curry Counties was published in 2015.

The South Coast Development Council is an economic development agency, and is working towards release of a South Coast Food Guide in 2016.

Wild Rivers Coast Alliance funds community projects on the South Coast of Oregon that are committed to triple-bottom-line results (conservation, community, and economy).

Neighborworks Umpqua is the lead coordinator for a Southwestern Oregon Food Systems Collaborative. That group is implementing a Wealthworks Northwest project in Douglas, Coos and Curry counties to support local and regional value chain development for fishers, making local seafood more accessible – as at Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Market in Charleston.

Projects to address hunger and food insecurity include: Bandon Feeds the Hungry, Everyone At the Table, Coastal Harvest Gleaners, and Good Neighbors Food Pantries.

The South Coast Community Garden Association provides access and education for gardening.

Community Goals and Recommendations

Priorities from the 2014 community food assessment included:

Opportunities for Agriculture

  1. Strengthen communication between farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and their markets.
  2. Access to land and future farmer trainings.
  3. Greater access to storage and processing facilities.
  4. Creation and maintenance of a local food guide.
  5. Feasibility studies to find alternative markets for an Oregon branded cranberry product.
  6. Cooperation by purchasers and butcheries to form “satellite” cut and wrap operations.

Opportunities for Fishing

  1. More support for direct marketing of seafood to consumers.
  2. Feasibility studies for development of public cold storage facilities.
  3. Better management of fisheries waste for sale as a soil amendment.

Opportunities for Community Food Efforts

  1. Creation of a local food action committee.
  2. Encourage SNAP acceptance at all farmers markets with a match program.
  3. Food education/literacy programs, including cooking classes.
  4. Incorporate school gardens into classroom curriculum.