Willamette Farm & Food Coalition
Aprovecho Research Center www.aprovecho.net
Aprovecho is a non-profit research and education center located outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon. Our 40 acre rural campus is the classroom for our ongoing educational programs. At Aprovecho you will experience live, working examples of appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, organic agriculture, permaculture, and the incerconnectedness that is shared by these systems and with the land.
Cascadia Food Not Lawns www.foodnotlawns.com
Food Not Lawns is a loosely affiliated cluster of grassroots gardeners in and around the Willamette Valley, just west of the Oregon Cascades. We work together toward an ecologically, socially, and perpetually thriving bioregion, using theories and techniques derived from permaculture, kinship gardening, ecological design, and biodynamics. We also develop and test our own ideas, and offer a wide range of educational, organizational, and hands-on services
City of Eugene Community Gardens www.eugene-or.gov/parks
The Community Gardens’ mission is to provide a rewarding gardening experience for all who rent a garden plot and join the community gardens family. The rental comes with access to a plot, water, and tools. Each gardener then decides what to plant in his or her plot and how to cultivate it.
City of Eugene Composting Resources www.eugenerecycles.org/Composting
The Solid Waste and Recycling Program actively promotes composting at home and at commercial businesses. We have a variety of programs which provide education and the technical assistance necessary to help you get started if you are new to composting, or supplement your current composting efforts. This page provides tips for backyard and worm composting. It also has links to other resources for composting information.
Eugene Veg Education Network www.eugeneveg.org
Eugene Veg Education Network is devoted to educating the general public about the impact of their food choices. We believe the right information in the hands of caring people lets them make compassionate, intelligent and informed choices for themselves, the animals, and the planet. EVEN hopes to serve as a resource to provide factual information about the benefits of a plant-based diet, acting as a conduit to connect the person asking the question with an informed answer.
FOOD for Lane County Gardens www.foodforlanecounty.org/Programs/Gardens
The FOOD for Lane County Gardens Program provides a multi-faceted approach to reduce hunger and fulfill the basic need for nutritious food in our community through a unique combination of services. The Churchill Community Garden, GrassRoots Garden and Youth Farm provide opportunities for limited-income adults to work with others to grow food for themselves and the food bank; education, job training and mentoring of limited-income and at-risk youth; and the creation and distribution of healthy, nutritious emergency and supplemental food to Lane County families, individuals and children.
Helios Resource Network www.heliosnetwork.org
Helios Resource Network is a nonprofit organization promoting community livability by empowering local groups and businesses working toward sustainability.
Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden) http://www.huertodelafamilia.org
Huerto de la Familia strives to alleviate poverty and hunger among low-income Latino families by assisting them to grow their own organic food.
Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth (LCHAY) http://www.lchay.org
LCHAY’s mission is to prevent childhood obesity and related disease by mobilizing the community to adopt active lifestyles and healthful nutrition.
Lane County Extension Service http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane
The OSU Extension Service of Lane County provides Oregonians with research-based knowledge and education to strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy families and individuals.
Lane County Food Policy Council http://www.fpclanecounty.org
A Food Policy Council is a joint citizen and government advisory body that reviews and recommends policies to strengthen the local food economy and improve access to healthy and nutritious food. Council members represent the diversity of stakeholders involved in the food system, including farmers, processors, retailers, anti-hunger organizations, nutritionists, governments and citizens.
Lost Valley Educational Center www.lostvalley.org
The mission of Lost Valley Educational Center is to create and foster mutually beneficial relations between humans and all parts of the web of existence. We believe that these relationships provide a means to well-being as well as survival. In fulfilling this mission, our purpose is to create and maintain an intentional community, including affordable housing, and an educational center dedicated to three goals which guide us in all activities.
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) www.pesticide.org
The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides protects the health of people and the environment by advancing alternatives to pesticides.
School Garden Project of Lane County http://www.schoolgardenproject.org
A grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering hands-on, schoolyard-based learning experiences for children by creating vibrant and sustainable school gardens and habitats.
Seed Ambassadors Project http://seedambassadors.org
The mission of the Seed Ambassadors Project is to participate in the advancement of open-pollinated, locally adapted seed. We encourage the stewardship of seed under organic, biodynamic or natural regenerative practices. As farmers and gardeners we strive to increase the biodiversity of food crops, therefore increasing regional food security and overall ecological health. We are part of the growing movement toward a new archetype for a holistic horticultural/agricultural landscape. This proactive search is at its core 'beyond organic' and is rooted in ecological regeneration. We promote stewardship and free sharing of open-pollinated seed, and we teach seed saving techniques.
Slow Food - Eugene Convivium www.slowfoodeugene.org
Slow Food is an international movement dedicated to Taste, Tradition, and the Honest Pleasures of Food. Based in New York City, Slow Food USA provides support and promotion to local chapters, each called a "convivium," that carry out the Slow Food mission on a local level. Each convivium advocates sustainability and bio-diversity through educational events and public outreach that promote the appreciation and consumption of seasonal and local foods and the support of those who produce them.
Ten Rivers Food Web http://www.tenriversfoodweb.org
A non-profit providing strategic leadership to build an economically and environmentally sustainable local food system in Benton, Linn and Lincoln Counties.
Weston A. Price Foundation, Eugene Chapter http://www.krautpounder.com
Wise Traditions in food, farming and the healing arts. The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet, and supports accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, and community-supported farms.
Willamette Valley Sustainable Food Alliance http://www.wvsfalliance.org
A regional business association that promotes and supports natural food businesses in Lane County through relationships, education and sustainable business practices.
Victory Gardens http://www.victorygardensforall.org
Enhancing food security, one yard at a time!
Agricultural Reclamation Act
The Friends of Family Farmers hosted a series of community meetings across Oregon to identify challenges facing family-scale agriculture and solutions to ensure the survival of socially responsible farmers in Oregon. Volunteer delegates from each meeting convened to craft a statewide platform for food and family farming that will become the Agricultural Reclamation Act for Oregon - written by farmers for farmers. For more information visit www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org, or watch their video on the Agricultural Reclamation Act.
a conservation organization committed to strengthening communities and the environment from Alaska to California. We work with Native peoples and in the fisheries, forestry, and food sectors to build a regional economy based on social and ecological opportunities.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership
The Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership (IFFP) strives to increase access to fresh, local food for all—especially people with low incomes—and encourages congregations to support small, new and immigrant farmers through innovative market relationships. Our mission is to empower faith communities, farmers and neighborhoods to build urban-rural alliances and create innovative partnerships for just and sustainable food systems.
Friends of Family Farmers
Friends of Family Farmers is building a strong and united voice for Oregon’s independent family farmers, food advocates, and concerned citizens who are working to foster an approach to agriculture that respects the land, treats animals humanely, sustains local communities, and provides a viable livelihood for family farmers. Friends of Family Farmers believes that every person- urban and agrarian, farmer and eater- has the ability to make choices that can help regenerate our food system.
Marylhurst University http://marylhurst.edu/
The M.S. in Food Systems and Society at Marylhurst University is a new and innovative graduate degree program that delves deeply into ideas and practices for improving health, equity and sustainability in our food system. It combines online, seminar-style classes with in-person intensive sessions to provide students with a flexible and rich learning experience. Building their own existing knowledge and experience, courses will integrate theory and practice to increase our collective understanding of where and how to improve the food system. For more information visit: http://marylhurst.edu/academics/schools-colleges-departments/school-graduate-studies/food-systems-society/ms-food-systems-society/index.html
Oregon Farmers’ Markets www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org
Oregon farmers’ markets are a unique partnership between city residents and farmers. The Oregon Farmers' Markets Association seeks to promote, support and develop this partnership for the benefit of Oregon farmers and Oregon communities.
Oregon Food Bank www.oregonfoodbank.org
Recovers food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources and then distributes that food to 20 regional food banks across Oregon. This food assists programs which help low-income individuals in Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, Washington, Tillamook, Malheur and Harney counties. OFB also works to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, learning gardens and public education.
Oregon Department of Agriculture Resources and Info for New or Small Farms www.oregon.gov/ODA/new_small_farms.shtml
This site includes a wide variety of interesting and helpful information for all kinds of farmers and producers.
Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu
The OSU Extension hosts the Small Farms Program, which provides information for the commercial small farmer as well as the small acreage landowner.
Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust www.osalt.org
The Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust holds urban and rural agricultural lands in trust, keeping them in agricultural use by successive generations of growers and stewards, and serves to restore an appreciation of agriculture and to actively participate in developing sustainable agricultural practices and systems through research and education.
Oregon Tilth www.tilth.org
Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit research and education membership organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. Primarily an organization of organic farmers, gardeners and consumers, Tilth offers educational events throughout the state of Oregon, and provides organic certification services to organic growers, processors, and handlers internationally.
Chefs Collaborative www.chefscollaborative.org
a national network of chefs, producers, educators, and food lovers working to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply. The Collaborative inspires action by translating information about our food into tools for making knowledgeable purchasing decisions. Through these actions, our members embrace seasonality, preserve diversity and traditional practices, and support local economies.
Community Food Security Coalition www.foodsecurity.org
A non-profit, North American organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. We seek to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability.
Farm Aid www.farmaid.org
Working to keep family farmers on their land, Farm Aid brings together family farmers and citizens to guarantee family farm food is available to you. Together we can restore family farm-centered agriculture that ensures safe, healthful food, protects natural resources, and strengthens local economies.
Food Alliance www.foodalliance.org
A nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable agriculture by recognizing and rewarding farmers who produce food in environmentally friendly and socially responsible ways, and educating consumers and others in the food system about the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Food Alliance operates the most comprehensive third-party certification program in North America for sustainably produced food.
Food News www.foodnews.org
A shoppers guide to pesticides in produce, and it is a service of the Environmental Working Group. At EWG, our team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know.
Food Routes www.foodroutes.org
A national nonprofit organization that provides communications tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations nationwide that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems. FRN is dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food—the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to their tables.
The Land Institute www.landinstitute.org
20 years addressing agricultural issues. Our purpose is to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops. When people, land, and community are as one, all three members prosper; when they relate not as members but as competing interests, all three are exploited. By consulting Nature as the source and measure of that membership, The Land Institute seeks to develop an agriculture that will save soil from being lost or poisoned while promoting a community life at once prosperous and enduring.
Local Harvest www.localharvest.org
America's #1 organic and local food website. We maintain a definitive and reliable "living" public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Our search engine helps people find products from family farms, local sources of sustainably grown food, and encourages them to establish direct contact with small farms in their local area. Our online store helps small farms develop markets for some of their products beyond their local area.
100 Mile Diet www.100milediet.org
When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically traveled at least 1,500 miles—call it “the SUV diet.” On the first day of spring, 2005, two friends chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia. This website discusses what they learned from their experiment, the revolution it started, explores issues surrounding buying local, and offers suggestions on how to experiment with your own 100-mile diet.
Slow Food www.slowfood.com
International non-profit, eco-gastronomic, member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
Sustainable Table http://www.sustainabletable.org
Sustainable Table celebrates the sustainable food movement, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food. A project of the non-profit GRACE, the program is home to the Eat Well Guide http://www.eatwellguide.org, an online directory of sustainable products in the U.S. and Canada, and the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Meatrix movies.
Worm Composting www.wormdigest.org
We are working together in a global context to disseminate earthworm information in a responsible way. We want to spearhead action in the world regarding earthworms that has genuine impact on the environment and issues of technology, scientific research, business, agriculture, literature and education. Reporting the latest information and continually working to share knowledge regarding anything to do with earthworms is our goal.