Cathy Boden, Foodshed Coordinator
Curry Watersheds Partnership
PO Box 912, Port Orford, OR 97465
The Curry Watersheds Partnership includes Curry Soil & Water Conservation District, the Lower Rogue Watershed Council and South Coast Watershed Council, working together to improve watershed health and community stewardship.
Curry Local Food Education
- Foodshed Education – 12 classes explaining our food system with watershed health in mind. Designed for 5th Grade. Includes local grocery store scavenger Hunt, plus farm field trips for hands on experiences.
- School Garden Support – Class to Garden connections, materials & supplies, Master Gardener & other volunteer coordination (focusing on North & Central Curry)
- Additional Farm to School focused Education – Working with teachers & school cafeterias to provide local food education and assist with food related field trips and access to Oregon grown & processed foods.
- FoodCorps Site to promote Access, Knowledge, and Engagement for North & Central Curry School Districts.
- Grant Writing & Program Development – On going.
- Outreach – Expanding our outreach to Bandon School District in Coos County. Partnering with NeighborWorks Umpqua with Regional food System work.
Healthy Schools Group
A dedicated group of citizens are working with our school districts to serve more fresh and local food. We are guided by Oregon Farm to School, and School Garden Network, ODA, ODE, and many other organizations within Oregon and the nation to support our efforts and those of the school districts. Represented in the group are moms, caterers, gardeners, OSU, Curry Watersheds Partnership, Wild Rivers Community Foundation, and Del Norte Food Council.
Culinary & Agri-tourism with Travel Oregon
Travel Oregon supported Culinary & Agri-Tourism efforts. Three regional networking events brought together food producers, buyers, and supporting Economic & Business Development organizations. Nearly 150 community members and organizations attended. Students provided educational materials, Local Agricultural Timeline, researched by their class.
Eat Fresh & Local Action Team
This team has mapped our culinary assets. We are developing other opportunities around local food. We have piloted a Wild Rivers Coast Farm Trail, a self-guided tour of 11 farm and food businesses between Bandon & Port Orford. We are expanding a traditional Angess Tomato Festival. In addition we assist other food businesses with events, and encouraging Value Added products from local ingredients.