NEOEDD is part of collaborative groups seeking to improve the regional food system in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. 

Regional Work

Various efforts have been made in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties in the past 15 years to improve local food systems, including farm-to-school, community food systems assessments, and food policy councils. NEOEDD has actively supported sustainable food systems efforts as a crucial feature of a vibrant economy.

If you are interested in participating in the Wallowa County Food Systems Council, contact Sara Miller at NEOEDD.

Major community partners and funding sources include Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Food Bank, and Oregon State University Extension Service.

Studies & Reports

Wallowa County: Food-Hub Feasibility Study



Union & Baker Counties: Community Food Assessment



Wallowa County: Community Food Assessment



Wallowa County: Product Development and Market Research for Beef and Lamb (2009)



Wallowa County: Feasibility Study for a Commercial Shared-Use Kitchen (2012)



Wallowa County: Community Food Assessment Addendum



Oregon Community Food Systems Network

NEOEDD helped form the Oregon Community Food Systems Network (OCFSN), a collaborative network of nonprofit organizations and allies dedicated to strengthening local and regional food systems to deliver better economic, social, health and environmental outcomes across the state. Staff Sara Miller continues to serve on its leadership team.


Farm Commons (legal help)

National AgraAbility Project

The Oregon Dept. of Agriculture collects links to USDA and other loans, plus other resources here.

Farm Services Agency Loans Guidebook, published in 2018, is here.

Oregon Home Baking Bill guidelines

Oregon Farm Direct Marketing Law guidelines

Oregon 1,000 Bird Exemption rules

OCFSN Beginning Farmer & Rancher Resources listing

Beginning Farmer & Rancher Service Providers map

Travel Oregon Agritourism

Center for Rural Affairs Rural Food Business Toolkit

Food Safety Modernization Act information from OSU

Using Food Scraps for Feed guidelines

Dry Storage Tips (pdf)

Open Source HACCP plans

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition publications

Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network resources

Kansas State Center for Rural Enterprise Management