NEOEDD is part of collaborative groups seeking to improve the regional food system in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties.
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
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) https://farmcommons.org/
National AgraAbility Project http://www.agrability.org/
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
Travel Oregon Agritourism
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