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PROGRAM

Food and Farms

Building resilience into our food system

We believe that food is the most powerful way to build community. It can bring families and neighbors together, define and blend culture, nourish health, and fuel life. Just as importantly, we believe the system of producing, processing and distributing food can create jobs, engender opportunity, drive innovation and productivity, and facilitate creative expression, especially in under-served rural and urban areas.

We feel a sense of urgency to devise regional models capable of building community resilience in the face of resource scarcity and growing global demand. How do we get there?

We help entities that spend millions on food — including school cafeterias, university dining halls, corporate cafes, and regional restaurant chains — buy local. We coordinate the development of scale-appropriate aggregation, processing, and distribution infrastructure to move food within regions. We support family-scale farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors to access land, capital, and technical assistance needed to feed their communities and steward their land. And we inspire eaters to choose and champion homegrown.

 

Our blueprint for a resilient regional food economy

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Get in touch

Amanda Oborne

Vice President, Food & Farms

503.247.0818

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