North Coast Food Web (NCFW) was born in 2010 in response to needs identified in the 2009 Clatsop County Food Assessment. Our mission: To cultivate healthy communities and a vibrant economy through food and agriculture.
NCFW enjoys collaborations with local governments, school districts, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon State University Extension, Clatsop Community College, Clatsop Community Gardens, CCA Regional Food Bank, Oregon Food Bank, and many private businesses.
Grow the Coast, an annual one day conference has brought food and farming education and a networking opportunity to over 500 coastal attendees. North Coast Food Guide provides an easy way for consumers to find local producers. Both are collaborations with Food Roots of Tillamook County and were initially funded by a joint Meyer Memorial Trust grant. The 2016/17 Food Guide currently in production, has added Columbia County producers and is made possible with support from Bob’s Red Mill.
NCFW’s volunteer-run River People Farmers Market (RPFM) in Astoria, offers a weekly $10 SNAP match to all shoppers with an Oregon Trail card. This is funded through a Tea & Pie booth and a twice-a-market Pie Walk. With OSU Extension, RPFM hosts Taste of Place featuring a bite of what’s new at the market and a Sprouts Club Market Camp, where kids enjoy food and agricultural activities and receive a $1 Sprouts token to spend with market vendors.
In addition to RPFM, NCFW provides opportunity for local food producers to connect with customers via annual Meet Your Farmer and Farmer-Chef Connect events.
NCFW’s Mobile Gardens Project features repurposed shopping carts transformed into container gardens and used in local schools by OSU Extension educators.
Food Day Week, brings a farmer hosted market booth, veggie petting zoo, and activities to elementary schools, encouraging kids to touch and taste a wide variety of fresh produce.
NCFW Board members produce and host Food Talk, a twice monthly radio program on Coast Community Radio.
The Fruit Box Project makes weekly deliveries of fresh fruit to Clatsop County High Schools for hungry kids in trouble and in need.
Cooking Up Community was made possible by the private gift of a building and a community funded capital campaign to build a commercial kitchen. A Grassroots Grant from Meyer Memorial Trust kicked off the curriculum of cooking classes for all ages, incomes, health issues and interests. The hands-on classes are available as scholarships for those unable to pay.
Accidental Catering is a fundraising project offering a wide variety of catering services to local citizens and businesses bringing in much needed operational income.