Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Project SW-143
Sustainable agriculture -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area (Or.), Local foods
Project Description and Objectives: Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) provided funding for this study to examine key agricultural trends, identify producer needs and define strategies to strengthen the local food production system. The goals of the study are to: Define the Portland Metropolitan Foodshed; identify related agricultural and economic trends and develop a needs assessment based on input from producers and other stakeholders; assemble a regional toolkit of strategies to support evolution of a sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed; work with the City of Damascus, Oregon to test the toolkit on a local level; Develop a research and educational program that supports these goals and supports small and medium farmers in the region. This project differs from many other studies of the barriers and opportunities faced by farmers because it focuses specifically on farms that are trying to survive within a growing metropolitan region. While these farms face significant challenges related to urban growth, they also have significant opportunities as urban consumers begin to demand food that is grown locally and sustainability and food related experiences that can supplement farm income.
Martin, S., Doherty-Chapman, K., Wise, R., Foust, S., Sullivan, R., and Seavert, C., and Scolnik, E. "Growing a Sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed." Report produced for the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Project SW-143. August 2012.