Key Organizations and Activities
A Yamhill County Agribusiness Economic and Community Development Plan was completed in 2009, which called out opportunities for local marketing and value-added products.
Nourish Yamhill Valley conducted surveys that drew responses from nearly 700 consumers and 40 local farmers on food issues in Yamhill County in 2012. Notes are also available from four community conversations and a countywide food summit held in 2012-2013.
Also in 2013, a group of Linfield College students published “Can Yamhill County Feed Itself?”
A Yamco Farm Crawl features twice annual self-guided tours of local farms.
A regular Bounty of Yamhill County festival promotes local farm and food businesses.
A Slow Food Yamhill County chapter also exists.
Community Goals and Recommendations
A formal community food assessment has not been completed for Yamhill County. However, in the surveys conducted by Nourish Yamhill County, consumers identified priorities, including:
- More local fresh food in schools 70 %
- Fresh local foods in stores 63 %
- SNAP/WIC accepted at Farmers Markets 50 %
- Garden plots/community gardens 47 %
- Gardening classes 31 %
- A co-op or buying club 30 %
- Meal planning or food budgeting classes 28 %
- Cooking or food preservation classes 27 %
Farmers responding to the survey expressed interest in increased networking among small farmers and efforts to educate consumers and strengthen the market for local food.
Participants in the countywide food summit discussed:
- Increasing Farm to School programming in Yamhill County
- Increasing markets and value-added opportunities for local grains and legumes.
- Developing a list of community kitchens and food processing facilities and services.
- Conducting a feasibility study for a food hub.