Coos County

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.
GENERAL INFORMATION
POPULATION Oregon Coos
Population (2007) 3,745,455 63,111
Population (2014) 3,962,710 62,900
Population change from 2007 to 2014 6%   0%
ESTIMATED SPENDING ON FOOD (WESTERN REGION) Oregon Coos
2007 ($6,811 per household – average 2.6 persons) $9,811,651,540 $165,326,547
2014 ($7,175 per household – average 2.6 persons) $10,935,555,481 $173,579,808
Change from 2007 to 2014 11%   5%
FOOD ENVIRONMENT
SUPERMARKETS AND OTHER GROCERY STORES Oregon Coos
2007 Grocery Stores 751 22
2013 Grocery Stores 768 18
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 2.3%   -18.2%
2007 Citizens Per Grocery Store 4,987 2,869
2013 Citizens Per Grocery Store 5,103 3,492
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 2.3%   21.7%
OTHER SPECIALTY FOOD STORES Oregon Coos
2007 394 6
2013 366 8
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -7.1%   33.3%
LOW INCOME AND LOW ACCESS TO A GROCERY STORE Oregon Coos
2006 Percentage 1.0% 1.1%
2006 People Affected 36,785 697
2010 Percentage (latest data available) 5.0% 4.6%
2010 People Affected 195,215 2,896
Percentage Change 2006 to 2010 404.3%   307.1%
Average Cost of a Meal Oregon Coos
2009 (National Cost: $2.54) $2.60 $2.50
2013 (National Cost: $2.79) $2.77 $2.97
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 6.5%   18.8%
INDIVIDUALS BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL Oregon Coos
2009 (5-year estimates 2005-2009) 13.6% 16.5%
2014 (5-year estimates 2010-2014) 16.7% 18.0%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2012 22.8%   9.1%
FOOD INSECURITY RATE Oregon Coos
2009 16.8% 19.3%
2013 15.8% 17.0%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 -6.0%   -11.9%
SNAP PARTICIPATION RATE Oregon Coos
2009 68% 75%
2013 73% 87%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 7.4%   16.0%
FARMERS MARKETS ACCEPTING SNAP BENEFITS Oregon Coos
2015 Farmers Markets 172 3
2015 Farmers Markets Accepting SNAP 84 1
Percent of Total 49%   33%
COMMUNITY CAPACITY
Oregon Coos
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 Coos
2014 Number of Community Garden Sites >158 5
2014 Number of Garden Plots Unknown Unknown
2014 Citizens Per Garden Site <24,804 12,572
NUMBER OF SCHOOL GARDENS Oregon Coos
2007 Number of School Gardens 161 2
Number of Schools Included 1,262 28
Percentage of Schools Reported to Have a Garden 12.8% 7.1%
2014 Number of School Gardens (new data as of 1/25/2015) 582 6
Number of Schools Included 1,174 20
Percentage of Schools Reported to Have a Garden 49.6% 30.0%
Percentage Change 2007 to 2014 261.5%   200.0%
Access to Seed to Supper/Master Gardeners or Equivalent Y
Access to Cooking Matters or Equivalent N
FARM BASE
LAND IN FARMS Oregon Coos
2002: Total Land in Farms 17,080,422 144,077
2012: Total Land in Farms 16,301,578 157,496
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -4.6%   9.3%
AVERAGE COST PER ACRE Oregon Coos
2002: Average Cost per Acre $1,202 $3,364
2012: Average Cost per Acre $1,882 $3,225
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 56.6%   -4.1%
NUMBER OF FARMS BY SALES RANGE Oregon Coos
2002: Total Farms 40,033 748
2012: Total Farms 35,439 654
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -11.5%   -12.6%
2002: Farms with Sales <$25,000 31,564 591
2012: Farms with Sales <$25,000 26,835 464
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -15.0%   -21.5%
2002: Farm with Sales $25,000 to $99,999 4282 101
2012: Farms with Sales $25,000 to $99,999 3958 110
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -7.6%   8.9%
2002: Farms with Sales $100,000 to $249,999 1935 37
2012: Farms with Sales $100,000 to $249,999 1,755 40
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -9.3%   8.1%
2002: Farms with Sales >$250,000 2252 19
2012: Farms with Sales >$250,000 2891 40
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 28.4%   110.5%
FARMS WITH TYPICAL LOCAL FOOD CROPS Oregon Coos
2002: Vegetables, melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes 1708 17
2012: Vegetables, melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes 1889 15
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 10.6%   -11.8%
2002: Fruits, tree nuts, berries 5659 178
2012: Fruits, tree nuts, berries 5245 139
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -7.3%   -21.9%
2002: Poultry and eggs (all poultry) 4588 78
2012: Poultry and eggs (all poultry) 6054 104
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 32.0%   33.3%
2002: Cattle and calves (farm with sales) 13654 285
2012: Cattle and calves (farm with sales) 11,638 318
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -14.8%   11.6%
2002: Milk cows (farms with inventory) 1133 36
2012: Milk cows (farms with inventory) 686 25
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -39.5%   -30.6%
2002: Hogs and pigs (farms with sales) 1558 20
2012: Hogs and pigs   (farms with sales) 1172 16
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -24.8%   -20.0%
2002: Sheep and goats 3219 67
2012: Sheep and goats 2810 71
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -12.7%   6.0%
2002: Total Farms Raising Typical Local Food Crops 31,519 681
2012: Total Farms Raising Typical Local Food Crops 29,494 688
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -6.4%   1.0%
FOOD CROP DIVERSITY Oregon Coos
2007 Number of Different Vegetable, Potato, and/or Melon Crops 42 16
2007 Number of Different Fruit, Berries, Nut Crops 27 18
2007 Number of Different Grain or Cereal Crops 16 0
2007 TOTAL FOOD CROPS 85   34
2007 Average # of different food crops 35 Less Than
2012 Number of Different Vegetable, Potato, and/or Melon Crops 42 15
2012 Number of Different Fruit, Berries, Nut Crops 27 14
2012 Number of Different Grain or Cereal Crops 16 1
2012 TOTAL FOOD CROPS 85   30
Percentage Change in Total Crops from 2007 to 2012 0.0%   -11.8%
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 Coos
2002: Organic Farms 515 15
2012: Organic Farms 554 11
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 7.6%   -26.7%
AVERAGE AGE OF FARMERS Oregon Coos
2002: Average Age 54.9 57
2012: Average Age 59.6 60.7
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 8.6%   6.5%
FARM EMPLOYMENT Oregon Coos
2007 67,222 859
2014 61,967 853
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 -7.8%   -0.7%
TOTAL FARM COMPENSATION Oregon Coos
2007 $1,020,772,000 $5,679,000
2014 $1,109,671,000 $8,507,000
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 8.7%   49.8%
AVERAGE ANNUAL COMPENSATION PER FARM JOB Oregon Coos
2007 $15,185 $6,611
2014 $17,907 $9,973
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 17.9%   50.9%
MARKET LINKAGES
FARMS WITH ON-FARM PACKING FACILITY Oregon Coos
2012: Number of Farms 761 8
2012 Percent of Farms with Packing Facilities 2.1% 1.2%
FARMS THAT PRODUCED AND SOLD VALUE-ADDED Oregon Coos
2007: Number of Farms 2,807 47
2012: Number of Farms 3,292 73
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 17.3%   55.3%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Value-Added 9.3% 11.2%
SALES TO INDIVIDUALS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Oregon Coos
2002: Number of Farms Reporting Direct Sales 6383 99
2012: Number of Farms Reporting Direct Sales 6,680 105
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 4.7%   6.1%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Directly 18.8% 16.1%
2002: Total Reported Direct Sales $21,411,000 $189,000
2012: Total Reported Direct Sales $44,177,000 $303,000
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 106.3%   60.3%
2002 Average Direct Sales per Participating Farm $3,354.38 $1,909.09
2012 Average Direct Sales per Participating Farm $6,613.32 $2,885.71
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 97.2%   51.2%
2002 Farm Direct Sales per Capita $6.11 $3.02
2012 Farm Direct Sales per Capita $11.37 $4.82
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 86.2%   59.8%
FARMS MARKETING PRODUCTS THROUGH A CSA Oregon Coos
2007 Marketed through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 311 2
2012 Marketed through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 391 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 25.7%   -50.0%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Through CSA 1.1% 0.2%
NUMBER OF FARMERS MARKETS Oregon Coos
2009 Farmers Markets (Data from ERS Food Environment Atlas) 100 2
2015 Farmers Markets 172 3
Percentage Change from 2009 to 2015 72%   50%
2009 Citizens Per Farmers Market 38,235 31,571
2015 Citizens Per Farmers’ Market 23,039 20,967
Percentage Change 2009 to 2015 -39.7%   -33.6%
SCHOOL DISTRICTS PURCHASING LOCAL FOOD Oregon Coos
2014-2015 School Year (ODE Grantee list) 130 2
Number of School Districts 202 6
Percent of Districts Reporting Purchases of Local Food 64%   33%
FARMS MARKETING DIRECT TO RETAIL Oregon Coos
2007 No Data
2012 1,898 28
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Direct to Retail 5.4%   4.3%
NUMBER OF SOLE PROPRIETOR FOOD BUSINESSES (NAICS 311) Oregon Coos
2007 467 13
2013 753 18
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 61.24%   38.46%
TOTAL NUMBER OF FOOD PROCESSOR EMPLOYERS (NAICS 311) Oregon Coos
2007 498 11
2013 548 15
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 10.0%   36.4%
2007 FOOD PROCESSORS BY NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES Oregon Coos
1-4 Employees 163 4
5-9 Employees 88 2
10-19 Employees 78 3
20-49 Employees 80 0
50-99 Employees 42 1
100-249 Employees 28 1
More than 250 Employees 19 0
2007 Total Processor Employment 19,582 282
Ranges for non-disclosed data
2007 Total Processor Payroll $686,511,000 $6,054,000
2013 FOOD PROCESSORS BY NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES Oregon Coos
1-4 Employees 202 5
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 23.9%   25.0%
5-9 Employees 110 4
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 25.0%   100.0%
10-19 Employees 70 3
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -10.3%   0.0%
20-49 Employees 69 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013  -13.8%
50-99 Employees 41 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -2.4%   0.0%
100-249 Employees 37 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 32.1%   0.0%
More than 250 Employees 19 0
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013  0.0%    0.0%
2012 Total Processor Employment 21,661 343
Ranges for non-disclosed data
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 10.6%   21.6%
2012 Total Processor Payroll $848,004,000 $9,348,000
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 23.5%   54.4%