Curry County

 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

  1. Facilitate and increase institutional purchasing of local food
  2. Support producers interested in value added opportunities
  3. Define and promote the economic impact of sourcing local food for the county.
  4. Support farmer-to-farmer networking.
  5. Conduct feasibility studies for meat processing and cranberry marketing.
  6. Update and expand the Curry County Local Food Guide.
  7. Identify and research feasibility of new storage and processing facilities.

Recommendations for Fishing

  1. Public education to increase direct to consumer demand and sales opportunities.
  2. Investigate “boat to school” opportunities.

Recommendations for Food Access

  1. Increase participation in SNAP and acceptance at retail stores and farmers’ markets.
  2. Increase nutrition and cooking education.

Recommendations for Community Food Efforts

  1. Create and support a food system council or coalition of regional stakeholders.
  2. Increase food systems and garden education in school districts.
GENERAL INFORMATION
POPULATION Oregon Curry
Population (2007) 3,745,455 22,361
Population (2014) 3,962,710 22,355
Population change from 2007 to 2014 6%   0%
ESTIMATED SPENDING ON FOOD (WESTERN REGION) Oregon Curry
2007 ($6,811 per household – average 2.6 persons) $9,811,651,540 $58,577,220
2014 ($7,175 per household – average 2.6 persons) $10,935,555,481 $61,691,202
Change from 2007 to 2014 11%   5%
FOOD ENVIRONMENT
SUPERMARKETS AND OTHER GROCERY STORES Oregon Curry
2007 Grocery Stores 751 9
2013 Grocery Stores 768 9
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 2.3%   0.0%
2007 Citizens Per Grocery Store 4,987 2,485
2013 Citizens Per Grocery Store 5,103 2,478
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 2.3%   -0.3%
OTHER SPECIALTY FOOD STORES Oregon Curry
2007 394 1
2013 366 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -7.1%   0.0%
LOW INCOME AND LOW ACCESS TO A GROCERY STORE Oregon Curry
2006 Percentage 1.0% 1.4%
2006 People Affected 36,785 292
2010 Percentage (latest data available) 5.0% 5.3%
2010 People Affected 195,215 1,192
Percentage Change 2006 to 2010 404.3%   278.6%
Average Cost of a Meal Oregon Curry
2009 (National Cost: $2.54) $2.60 $2.68
2013 (National Cost: $2.79) $2.77 $3.18
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 6.5%   18.7%
INDIVIDUALS BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL Oregon Curry
2009 (5-year estimates 2005-2009) 13.6% 13.7%
2014 (5-year estimates 2010-2014) 16.7% 15.4%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2012 22.8%   12.4%
FOOD INSECURITY RATE Oregon Curry
2009 16.8% 18.8%
2013 15.8% 16.6%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 -6.0%   -11.7%
SNAP PARTICIPATION RATE Oregon Curry
2009 68% 55%
2013 73% 77%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 7.4%   40.0%
FARMERS MARKETS ACCEPTING SNAP BENEFITS Oregon Curry
2015 Farmers Markets 172 2
2015 Farmers Markets Accepting SNAP 84 0
Percent of Total 49%   0%
COMMUNITY CAPACITY
Oregon Curry
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 Curry
2014 Number of Community Garden Sites >158 1
2014 Number of Garden Plots Unknown Unknown
2014 Citizens Per Garden Site <24,804 22,300
NUMBER OF SCHOOL GARDENS Oregon Curry
2007 Number of School Gardens 161 1
Number of Schools Included 1,262 10
Percentage of Schools Reported to Have a Garden 12.8% 10.0%
2014 Number of School Gardens (new data as of 1/25/2015) 582 4
Number of Schools Included 1,174 7
Percentage of Schools Reported to Have a Garden 49.6% 57.1%
Percentage Change 2007 to 2014 261.5%   300.0%
Access to Seed to Supper/Master Gardeners or Equivalent Y
Access to Cooking Matters or Equivalent N
FARM BASE
LAND IN FARMS Oregon Curry
2002: Total Land in Farms 17,080,422 70,459
2012: Total Land in Farms 16,301,578 63,342
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -4.6%   -10.1%
AVERAGE COST PER ACRE Oregon Curry
2002: Average Cost per Acre $1,202 $1,949
2012: Average Cost per Acre $1,882 $3,408
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 56.6%   74.9%
NUMBER OF FARMS BY SALES RANGE Oregon Curry
2002: Total Farms 40,033 207
2012: Total Farms 35,439 197
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -11.5%   -4.8%
2002: Farms with Sales <$25,000 31,564 157
2012: Farms with Sales <$25,000 26,835 129
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -15.0%   -17.8%
2002: Farm with Sales $25,000 to $99,999 4282 24
2012: Farms with Sales $25,000 to $99,999 3958 30
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -7.6%   25.0%
2002: Farms with Sales $100,000 to $249,999 1935 15
2012: Farms with Sales $100,000 to $249,999 1,755 15
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -9.3%   0.0%
2002: Farms with Sales >$250,000 2252 11
2012: Farms with Sales >$250,000 2891 23
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 28.4%   109.1%
FARMS WITH TYPICAL LOCAL FOOD CROPS Oregon Curry
2002: Vegetables, melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes 1708 7
2012: Vegetables, melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes 1889 16
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 10.6%   128.6%
2002: Fruits, tree nuts, berries 5659 46
2012: Fruits, tree nuts, berries 5245 62
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -7.3%   34.8%
2002: Poultry and eggs (all poultry) 4588 24
2012: Poultry and eggs (all poultry) 6054 26
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 32.0%   8.3%
2002: Cattle and calves (farm with sales) 13654 83
2012: Cattle and calves (farm with sales) 11,638 83
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -14.8%   0.0%
2002: Milk cows (farms with inventory) 1133 5
2012: Milk cows (farms with inventory) 686 1
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -39.5%   -80.0%
2002: Hogs and pigs (farms with sales) 1558 8
2012: Hogs and pigs   (farms with sales) 1172 10
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -24.8%   25.0%
2002: Sheep and goats 3219 46
2012: Sheep and goats 2810 33
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -12.7%   -28.3%
2002: Total Farms Raising Typical Local Food Crops 31,519 219
2012: Total Farms Raising Typical Local Food Crops 29,494 231
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -6.4%   5.5%
FOOD CROP DIVERSITY Oregon Curry
2007 Number of Different Vegetable, Potato, and/or Melon Crops 42 14
2007 Number of Different Fruit, Berries, Nut Crops 27 15
2007 Number of Different Grain or Cereal Crops 16 0
2007 TOTAL FOOD CROPS 85   29
2007 Average # of different food crops 35 Less Than
2012 Number of Different Vegetable, Potato, and/or Melon Crops 42 17
2012 Number of Different Fruit, Berries, Nut Crops 27 12
2012 Number of Different Grain or Cereal Crops 16 0
2012 TOTAL FOOD CROPS 85   29
Percentage Change in Total Crops from 2007 to 2012 0.0%   0.0%
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 Curry
2002: Organic Farms 515 5
2012: Organic Farms 554 6
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 7.6%   20.0%
AVERAGE AGE OF FARMERS Oregon Curry
2002: Average Age 54.9 57.1
2012: Average Age 59.6 61.5
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 8.6%   7.7%
FARM EMPLOYMENT Oregon Curry
2007 67,222 324
2014 61,967 279
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 -7.8%   -13.9%
TOTAL FARM COMPENSATION Oregon Curry
2007 $1,020,772,000 $4,107,000
2014 $1,109,671,000 $4,633,000
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 8.7%   12.8%
AVERAGE ANNUAL COMPENSATION PER FARM JOB Oregon Curry
2007 $15,185 $12,676
2014 $17,907 $16,606
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 17.9%   31.0%
MARKET LINKAGES
FARMS WITH ON-FARM PACKING FACILITY Oregon Curry
2012: Number of Farms 761 11
2012 Percent of Farms with Packing Facilities 2.1% 5.6%
FARMS THAT PRODUCED AND SOLD VALUE-ADDED Oregon Curry
2007: Number of Farms 2,807 16
2012: Number of Farms 3,292 25
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 17.3%   56.3%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Value-Added 9.3% 12.7%
SALES TO INDIVIDUALS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Oregon Curry
2002: Number of Farms Reporting Direct Sales 6383 33
2012: Number of Farms Reporting Direct Sales 6,680 44
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 4.7%   33.3%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Directly 18.8% 22.3%
2002: Total Reported Direct Sales $21,411,000 $73,000
2012: Total Reported Direct Sales $44,177,000 $138,000
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 106.3%   89.0%
2002 Average Direct Sales per Participating Farm $3,354.38 $2,212.12
2012 Average Direct Sales per Participating Farm $6,613.32 $3,136.36
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 97.2%   41.8%
2002 Farm Direct Sales per Capita $6.11 $3.39
2012 Farm Direct Sales per Capita $11.37 $6.19
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 86.2%   82.8%
FARMS MARKETING PRODUCTS THROUGH A CSA Oregon Curry
2007 Marketed through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 311 3
2012 Marketed through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 391 6
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 25.7%   100.0%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Through CSA 1.1% 3.0%
NUMBER OF FARMERS MARKETS Oregon Curry
2009 Farmers Markets (Data from ERS Food Environment Atlas) 100 1
2015 Farmers Markets 172 2
Percentage Change from 2009 to 2015 72%   100%
2009 Citizens Per Farmers Market 38,235 22,458
2015 Citizens Per Farmers’ Market 23,039 11,178
Percentage Change 2009 to 2015 -39.7%   -50.2%
SCHOOL DISTRICTS PURCHASING LOCAL FOOD Oregon Curry
2014-2015 School Year (ODE Grantee list) 130 3
Number of School Districts 202 3
Percent of Districts Reporting Purchases of Local Food 64%   100%
FARMS MARKETING DIRECT TO RETAIL Oregon Curry
2007 No Data
2012 1,898 14
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Direct to Retail 5.4%   7.1%
NUMBER OF SOLE PROPRIETOR FOOD BUSINESSES (NAICS 311) Oregon Curry
2007 467 5
2013 753 4
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 61.24%   -20.00%
TOTAL NUMBER OF FOOD PROCESSOR EMPLOYERS (NAICS 311) Oregon Curry
2007 498 1
2013 548 2
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 10.0%   100.0%
2007 FOOD PROCESSORS BY NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES Oregon Curry
1-4 Employees 163 1
5-9 Employees 88 0
10-19 Employees 78 0
20-49 Employees 80 0
50-99 Employees 42 0
100-249 Employees 28 0
More than 250 Employees 19 0
2007 Total Processor Employment 19,582 D
Ranges for non-disclosed data 0-19 emp.
2007 Total Processor Payroll $686,511,000 D
2013 FOOD PROCESSORS BY NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES Oregon Curry
1-4 Employees 202 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 23.9%   0.0%
5-9 Employees 110 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013  25.0%  
10-19 Employees 70 0
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013  -10.3%    0.0%
20-49 Employees 69 0
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -13.8%    0.0%
50-99 Employees 41 0
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013  -2.4%    0.0%
100-249 Employees 37 0
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 A
Ranges for non-disclosed data 0-19 emp.
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 10.6%
2012 Total Processor Payroll $848,004,000 D
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 23.5%