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.
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
- Strengthen communication between farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and their markets.
- Access to land and future farmer trainings.
- Greater access to storage and processing facilities.
- Creation and maintenance of a local food guide.
- Feasibility studies to find alternative markets for an Oregon branded cranberry product.
- Cooperation by purchasers and butcheries to form “satellite” cut and wrap operations.
Opportunities for Fishing
- More support for direct marketing of seafood to consumers.
- Feasibility studies for development of public cold storage facilities.
- Better management of fisheries waste for sale as a soil amendment.
Opportunities for Community Food Efforts
- Creation of a local food action committee.
- Encourage SNAP acceptance at all farmers markets with a match program.
- Food education/literacy programs, including cooking classes.
- Incorporate school gardens into classroom curriculum.