Lane County

Key Organizations and Activities

There has been significant assessment and planning activity in Lane County. In 2010, the University of Oregon Community Planning Workshop published a Lane County Local Food Market Analysis. In 2011 Food for Lane County and Oregon Food Bank published a community food assessment for Rural Lane County, including Florence, Oakridge, and the McKenzie River Valley. In 2012 Lane Workforce Partnership published a Food/Beverage Industry Cluster Analysis. In 2014 the City of Eugene published a Lane County Public Market and Food Hub Analysis. Lane County Community and Economic Development has also provided funding for expansion of local food businesses, including Camas Country Mill, GloryBee Honey, Hummingbird Wholesale and Sweet Creek Foods.

Lane County is also home to a large number of farm and food focused organizations, including:

Community Goals and Recommendations

The 2011 community food assessment for Rural Lane County included the following priorities:

  • Support and expand consumer food buying clubs.
  • Set up gleaning programs.
  • Expand education around cooking and shopping on a budget.
  • Increase collaboration between small rural retail grocers.
  • Increase distribution and the number of retail outlets for local fresh produce.
  • Increase distribution, retail outlets and direct sale opportunities for locally caught fish.
  • Identify and publish information on existing certified commercial kitchens.
  • Develop larger-scale processing capacity to enable food producers to sell to institutions.
  • Encourage a countywide conversation about food self-sufficiency.

Willamette Farm and Food Coalition is also running a “Lane County Food makes Dollars and Sense” campaign with a goal of increasing local food consumption from less than 10% to 20% by the year 2020.

Achieving that goal will require each household to dedicate an average of $31 per week to local products, and is estimated to generate $300 million in new revenue for local businesses and create 4,478 new jobs in Lane County.

GENERAL INFORMATION
POPULATION Oregon Lane
Population (2007) 3,745,455 343,140
Population (2014) 3,962,710 358,805
Population change from 2007 to 2014 6%   5%
ESTIMATED SPENDING ON FOOD (WESTERN REGION) Oregon Lane
2007 ($6,811 per household – average 2.6 persons) $9,811,651,540 $898,894,823
2014 ($7,175 per household – average 2.6 persons) $10,935,555,481 $990,163,798
Change from 2007 to 2014 11%   10%
FOOD ACCESS AND INSECURITY
SUPERMARKETS AND GROCERY STORES Oregon Lane
2007 Grocery Stores 751 67
2013 Grocery Stores 768 64
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 2.3%   -4.5%
2007 Citizens Per Grocery Store 4,987 5,121
2013 Citizens Per Grocery Store 5,103 5,564
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 2.3%   8.6%
OTHER SPECIALTY FOOD STORES Oregon Lane
2007 394 26
2013 366 28
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -7.1%   7.7%
LOW INCOME AND LOW ACCESS TO A GROCERY STORE Oregon Lane
2006 Percentage 1.0% 0.9%
2006 People Affected 36,785 2689
2010 Percentage (latest data available) 5.0% 4.9%
2010 People Affected 195,215 17,141
Percentage Change 2006 to 2010 404.3%   476.5%
AVERAGE COST OF A MEAL Oregon Lane
2009 (National Cost: $2.54) $2.60 $2.53
2013 (National Cost: $2.79) $2.77 $2.86
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 6.5%   13.0%
INDIVIDUALS BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL Oregon Lane
2009 (5-year estimates 2005-2009) 13.6% 16.2%
2014 (5-year estimates 2010-2014) 16.7% 20.4%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2012 22.8%   25.9%
FOOD INSECURITY RATE Oregon Lane
2009 16.8% 18.3%
2013 15.8% 16.5%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 -6.0%   -9.8%
SNAP PARTICIPATION RATE Oregon Lane
2009 68% 66%
2013 73% 65%
Percentage Change 2009 to 2013 7.4%   -1.5%
FARMERS MARKETS ACCEPTING SNAP BENEFITS Oregon Lane
2015 Farmers Markets 172 12
2015 Farmers Markets Accepting SNAP 84 5
Percent of Total 49%   42%
       
COMMUNITY CAPACITY    
Oregon Lane
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 Lane
2014 Number of Community Garden Sites >158 2
2014 Number of Garden Plots Unknown Unknown
2014 Citizens Per Garden Site <24,804 178,063
NUMBER OF SCHOOL GARDENS Oregon Lane
2007 Number of School Gardens 161 30
Number of Schools Included 1,262 128
Percentage of Schools Reported to Have a Garden 12.8% 23.4%
2014 Number of School Gardens (new data as of 1/25/2015) 582 79
Number of Schools Included 1,174 111
Percentage of Schools Reported to Have a Garden 49.6% 71.2%
Percentage Change 2007 to 2014 261.5%   163.3%
Access to Seed to Supper/Master Gardeners or Equivalent Y
Access to Cooking Matters or Equivalent Y
FARM BASE
LAND IN FARMS Oregon Lane
2002: Total Land in Farms 17,080,422 234,807
2012: Total Land in Farms 16,301,578 219,625
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -4.6%   -6.5%
AVERAGE COST PER ACRE Oregon Lane
2002: Average Cost per Acre $1,202 $4,572
2012: Average Cost per Acre $1,882 $6,824
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 56.6%   49.3%
NUMBER OF FARMS BY SALES RANGE Oregon Lane
2002: Total Farms 40,033 2577
2012: Total Farms 35,439 2,660
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -11.5%   3.2%
2002: Farms with Sales <$25,000 31,564 2258
2012: Farms with Sales <$25,000 26,835 2334
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -15.0%   3.4%
2002: Farm with Sales $25,000 to $99,999 4282 191
2012: Farms with Sales $25,000 to $99,999 3958 176
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -7.6%   -7.9%
2002: Farms with Sales $100,000 to $249,999 1935 58
2012: Farms with Sales $100,000 to $249,999 1,755 71
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -9.3%   22.4%
2002: Farms with Sales >$250,000 2252 70
2012: Farms with Sales >$250,000 2891 79
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 28.4%   12.9%
FARMS WITH TYPICAL LOCAL FOOD CROPS Oregon Lane
2002: Vegetables, melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes 1708 143
2012: Vegetables, melons, potatoes, and sweet potatoes 1889 168
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 10.6%   17.5%
2002: Fruits, tree nuts, berries 5659 504
2012: Fruits, tree nuts, berries 5245 569
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -7.3%   12.9%
2002: Poultry and eggs (all poultry) 4588 362
2012: Poultry and eggs (all poultry) 6054 593
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 32.0%   63.8%
2002: Cattle and calves (farm with sales) 13654 779
2012: Cattle and calves (farm with sales) 11,638 748
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -14.8%   -4.0%
2002: Milk cows (farms with inventory) 1133 37
2012: Milk cows (farms with inventory) 686 50
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -39.5%   35.1%
2002: Hogs and pigs (farms with sales) 1558 104
2012: Hogs and pigs   (farms with sales) 1172 102
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -24.8%   -1.9%
2002: Sheep and goats 3219 231
2012: Sheep and goats 2810 252
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -12.7%   9.1%
FARMS WITH TYPICAL LOCAL FOOD CROPS Oregon Lane
2002: Total Farms Raising Typical Local Food Crops 31,519 2160
2012: Total Farms Raising Typical Local Food Crops 29,494 2,482
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 -6.4%   14.9%
FOOD CROP DIVERSITY Oregon Lane
2007 Number of Different Vegetable, Potato, and/or Melon Crops 42 33
2007 Number of Different Fruit, Berries, Nut Crops 27 25
2007 Number of Different Grain or Cereal Crops 16 9
2007 TOTAL FOOD CROPS 85   67
2007 Average # of different food crops 35 Greater Than
2012 Number of Different Vegetable, Potato, and/or Melon Crops 42 31
2012 Number of Different Fruit, Berries, Nut Crops 27 27
2012 Number of Different Grain or Cereal Crops 16 8
2012 TOTAL FOOD CROPS 85   66
Percentage Change in Total Crops from 2007 to 2012 0.0%   -1.5%
2012 Average # of different food crops 38 Greater Than
Percentage Change in Average # of crops from 2007 to 2012 8.6%
NUMBER OF ORGANIC FARMS Oregon Lane
2002: Organic Farms 515 50
2012: Organic Farms 554 60
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 7.6%   20.0%
AVERAGE AGE OF FARMERS Oregon Lane
2002: Average Age 54.9 55.1
2012: Average Age 59.6 60.1
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 8.6%   9.1%
FARM EMPLOYMENT Oregon Lane
2007 67,222 4,427
2014 61,967 3,598
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 -7.8%   -18.7%
TOTAL FARM COMPENSATION Oregon Lane
2007 $1,020,772,000 $33,836,000
2014 $1,109,671,000 $43,890,000
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 8.7%   29.7%
AVERAGE ANNUAL COMPENSATION PER FARM JOB Oregon Lane
2007 $15,185 $7,643
2014 $17,907 $12,198
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 17.9%   59.6%
MARKET LINKAGES
FARMS WITH ON-FARM PACKING FACILITY Oregon Lane
2012: Number of Farms 761 81
2012 Percent of Farms with Packing Facilities 2.1%   3.0%
FARMS THAT PRODUCED AND SOLD VALUE-ADDED Oregon Lane
2007: Number of Farms 2,807 229
2012: Number of Farms 3,292 253
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 17.3%   10.5%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Value-Added 9.3% 9.5%
SALES TO INDIVIDUALS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Oregon Lane
2002: Number of Farms Reporting Direct Sales 6383 552
2012: Number of Farms Reporting Direct Sales 6,680 609
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 4.7%   10.3%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Directly 18.8% 22.9%
2002: Total Reported Direct Sales $21,411,000 $2,327,000
2012: Total Reported Direct Sales $44,177,000 $5,641,000
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 106.3%   142.4%
2002 Average Direct Sales per Participating Farm $3,354.38 $4,215.58
2012 Average Direct Sales per Participating Farm $6,613.32 $9,262.73
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 97.2%   119.7%
2002 Farm Direct Sales per Capita $6.11 $7.09
2012 Farm Direct Sales per Capita $11.37 $15.93
Percentage Change 2002 to 2012 86.2%   124.6%
FARMS MARKETING PRODUCTS THROUGH A CSA Oregon Lane
2007 Marketed through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 311 29
2012 Marketed through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 391 48
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 25.7%   65.5%
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Through CSA 1.1% 1.8%
NUMBER OF FARMERS MARKETS Oregon Lane
2009 Farmers Markets (Data from ERS Food Environment Atlas) 100 9
2015 Farmers Markets 172 12
Percentage Change from 2009 to 2015 72%   33%
2009 Citizens Per Farmers Market 38,235 38,632
2015 Citizens Per Farmers’ Market 23,039 29,900
Percentage Change 2009 to 2015 -39.7%   -22.6%
SCHOOL DISTRICTS PURCHASING LOCAL FOOD Oregon Lane
2014-2015 School Year (ODE Grantee list) 130 13
Number of School Districts 202 16
Percent of Districts Reporting Purchases of Local Food 64%   81%
FARMS MARKETING DIRECT TO RETAIL Oregon Lane
2007 No Data
2012 1,898 175
2012 Percent of Farms Selling Direct to Retail 5.4%   6.6%
NUMBER OF SOLE PROPRIETOR FOOD BUSINESSES (NAICS 311) Oregon Lane
2007 467 32
2013 753 50
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 61.24%   56.25%
TOTAL NUMBER OF FOOD PROCESSOR EMPLOYERS (NAICS 311) Oregon Lane
2007 498 49
2013 548 45
Percentage Change 2007 to 2012 10.0%   -8.2%
2007 FOOD PROCESSORS BY NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES Oregon Lane
1-4 Employees 163 11
5-9 Employees 88 10
10-19 Employees 78 12
20-49 Employees 80 10
50-99 Employees 42 3
100-249 Employees 28 2
More than 250 Employees 19 1
2007 Total Processor Employment 19,582 1429
Ranges for non-disclosed data
2007 Total Processor Payroll $686,511,000 $42,320,000
2013 FOOD PROCESSORS BY NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES Oregon Lane
1-4 Employees 202 14
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 23.9%   27.3%
5-9 Employees 110 9
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 25.0%   -10.0%
10-19 Employees 70 5
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -10.3%   -58.3%
20-49 Employees 69 9
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -13.8%   -10.0%
50-99 Employees 41 4
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 -2.4%   33.3%
100-249 Employees 37 3
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 32.1%   50.0%
More than 250 Employees 19 1
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 0.0%   0.0%
2013 Total Processor Employment 21,661 1493
Ranges for non-disclosed data
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 10.6%   4.5%
2013 Total Processor Payroll $848,004,000 $67,686,000
Percentage Change 2007 to 2013 23.5%   59.9%