Key Organizations and Activities
An East Linn Garden Resource Guide was published in 2012.
Ten Rivers Food Web also supports an on-line local food directory for Linn, Lincoln, and Benton counties.
The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments has published a State of the Region report for Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties, with a sub-report dedicated to food access and agriculture.
Calapooia Food Alliance is the parent organization for the Brownsville Farmers Market and the Brownsville Community Gardens.
The Santiam Food Alliance, centered in the areas around Lebanon and Sweet Home, works to raise awareness of local food and spread the joy of growing, buying, cooking, and eating local.
The group has organized Seed Exchanges, Food Preservation Fairs, and other events.
Community Goals and Recommendations
Goals from the 2011 community food assessment, presented under three headings, included:
- Increase support for new/young farmers.
- Engage larger-scale, non-food crop farms in a transition to food production (as with the Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project).
- Feasibility studies for scale-appropriate processing addressing three distinct needs: fruits and vegetables, meat, and secondary producers (micro-enterprise development).
- Feasibility study for local food aggregation and distribution.
Community Food Efforts
- Increase food literacy and understanding of the benefits of local food.
- Increase the visibility of local food and improve the local food directory.
- Assist institutional buyer efforts to purchase from local farms.
- Increase viability of rural grocery stores.
Barriers to Accessing Food
- Switch to “shopping style” emergency food pantries to allow client choice.
- Engage Latino community in food systems work.
- Increase access to food assistance in rural Linn County.