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Oregon Food Bank, Natural Foods, Sustainable agriculture -- Oregon


Interview of Marissa Madrigal by Andrea Schons in Portland, Oregon on July 23rd, 2009.

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As of 2012, Marissa Madrigal served as Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen's chief of staff. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations and supervision of the Cogen's office and staff. She initiated the Multnomah County C.R.O.P.S. program. C.R.O.P.S., Community Reaps Our Produce and Shares is a county owned lot in Troutdale that was developed into a community farm in which all the harvests are donated to the Oregon Food Bank.


Marissa Madrigal is interviewed regarding her position as Chief of Staff for Multnomah County’s Community Reaps Our Produce and Shares (C.R.O.P.S.) program. The interview looks at the county’s existing resources and how it repurposes those resources to help meet the food and health needs of low-income residents, working with the Oregon Food Bank network to deliver food. The county as a health authority is also concerned about the long-term impact of calorie-dense, low-nutrient food on the health of low-income residents. Multnomah County has surplus property that it owns and uses as a short-term community garden model. The goal is a successful garden that can be moved onto a long-term property, potentially located at a university or school.[1] Also discussed are the budget costs and planning that was required to start an organic, community garden, as well as the partnership with an AmeriCorps volunteer to oversee the garden— and community service volunteers to work on it.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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