Key Organizations and Activities
The Community Action Program of East Central Oregon completed a community food assessment for East Central Oregon, including Umatilla County, in 2010.
Columbia Plateau Food Links is a regional group of individuals and organizations networking to promote and coordinate a healthy, sustainable and economically viable community food system. An associated Facebook page provides posting on regional farm and food events.
A Umatilla-Morrow County Food Guide was published in 2011.
A “What’s Your Connection?” Regional Farm and Food conference was held in 2012.
Umatilla Morrow Headstart offers Cooking Matters classes.
The Umatilla County Master Gardner Program supports a number of demonstration and community gardens and offers garden training.
Other local resources appear to be focused primarily on emergency food assistance.
Community Goals and Recommendations
The 2010 Community Food Assessment included the following priorities:
- Recognize diversified local food system as a legitimate economic development strategy.
- Explore scale-appropriate policy and zoning solutions for expanding local food production, processing and distribution.
- Increase production and availability of local or regionally produced food.
- Explore funding, training and technical support for season-extending technologies and year-round produce growing and marketing.
- Increase local food system infrastructure including produce and grain storage and processing; meat slaughter and processing (including poultry), and distribution.
- Identify and encourage more farm-direct growers of diverse and alternative crops, especially chicken, grains, legumes and other differentiated food crops.
- Expand farm-direct marketing opportunities.
- Explore and develop producer cooperatives (purchasing, marketing, delivery).
- Expand public education opportunities around local food and farming.
- Ensure regular access to a stable fresh food supply for low-income citizens year-round.
- Explore “Healthy Corner Stores” or equivalent program to support underserved neighborhoods and communities.
These are worthy goals, but community engagement and commitment need to be increased.