Ecotrust and our partners are working to develop efficient, financially viable, scale-appropriate means of growing, aggregating, processing, and distributing food within our foodshed. The Redd on Salmon Street is one such example. Situated on two city blocks in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District, the Redd is a working hub for the regional food system, where Northwest farmers, ranchers, fishers, entrepreneurs, advocates, and eaters are creating a different kind of food economy.
Over the past two years, the Redd has gone from an idea to a working model of a how a scalable, cooperative space that inspires collaboration and innovation might work. Today, the campus supports local food enterprises, connects chefs, foodservice directors and entrepreneurs to independent farmers, ranchers and fishers in the region, with the goal of helping scale a robust, regional food economy across the Pacific Northwest.
Our anchor tenant, B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery, has been at the center of making this vision a reality. Building on their core business of last-mile distribution to Portland’s urban core, B-Line is now managing cold storage and warehousing at the Redd, and is offering a la carte services to local food entrepreneurs, like packaging stations and co-working office space that is modular enough to meet the needs of a growing business. Learn more about the services B-Line provides.
Check out the images below for a peek behind the scenes at B-Line’s headquarters in Redd West. This facility, and the growing partnerships happening there, are not only helping to grow our regional food economy, but are supporting the farmers, ranchers, and fishers who are working to conserve and restore the land, water and biodiversity on which our food supply depends.