Key Organizations and Activities
A Curry Local Foods group was created after an Oregon Food Bank sponsored FEAST community conversation in 2013 to network interested people and organizations and promote events and activities involving local foods.
The Curry Watersheds Partnership and the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance published a community food systems assessment for Curry County in 2014. A progress report for both Coos and Curry Counties was published in 2015.
Curry Watersheds Partnership is a collaborative involving Curry Soil & Water Conservation District, the Lower Rogue Watershed Council and South Coast Watershed Council. The group is mapping local food assets, and supporting agri-tourism development, farm-to-school procurement, and foodshed education.
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 – including community supported fisheries like Port Orford Sustainable Seafood.
A CurryFoods.org local food directory existed, but appears to be temporarily off-line.
Community Goals and Recommendations
Priorities from the 2014 community food assessment included:
Recommendations for Agriculture
- Facilitate and increase institutional purchasing of local food
- Support producers interested in value added opportunities
- Define and promote the economic impact of sourcing local food for the county.
- Support farmer-to-farmer networking.
- Conduct feasibility studies for meat processing and cranberry marketing.
- Update and expand the Curry County Local Food Guide.
- Identify and research feasibility of new storage and processing facilities.
Recommendations for Fishing
- Public education to increase direct to consumer demand and sales opportunities.
- Investigate “boat to school” opportunities.
Recommendations for Food Access
- Increase participation in SNAP and acceptance at retail stores and farmers’ markets.
- Increase nutrition and cooking education.
Recommendations for Community Food Efforts
- Create and support a food system council or coalition of regional stakeholders.
- Increase food systems and garden education in school districts.