June 2023 – June 2026
Aerial view of friends gathered to harvest radishes at black futures farm in Portland, OR. Photo credit: Robert Cuadra
In partnership with Ecotrust, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.5 million to support urban agriculture efforts of historically underserved farmers across the Portland Metro region. With this investment, Portland will be home to one of 17 new urban agriculture centers nationwide.
USDA programs and services can be critical when it comes to land access, operations expansion, and conservation efforts for the continued growth and resilience of our regional food economy. The FSA is particularly important as it is often the first stop for urban farmers working with USDA who deserve the knowledge and access to resources in order to do so. As we work collaboratively over the next three years, Ecotrust commits itself to build the capacity of the Oregon’s FSA to serve producers inclusively by conducting outreach, distributing $150,000 in microgrants, providing direct technical assistance and facilitating on-farm engagements while building awareness of USDA programs.
This work is grounded in strong partnerships between Black Food Sovereignty Coalition, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon State University Center for Small Farms, Oregon Metro, and Multnomah County Health Department’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program that works to ensure the agency delivers equitable service to all.
Community partners talk about growth cycles with farmer Michelle Week, founder of Good Rain Farm, at the Headwaters Incubator Program in Gresham, OR. Photo credit: Kari Rowe
Sabrina Cerquera, Program Manager of Food SystemsEquity, and Aaron Vargas, Program Director of Food Systems Equity. Photo credit: Kari Rowe
is a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities that exists to ignite BIPOC communities to participate as owners and movement leaders within food systems, placemaking, and economic development.
serves the changing needs of Oregon’s diverse agricultural and food sectors to maintain and enhance a healthy natural resource base and strong economy in rural and urban communities across the state.
advances sustainable agriculture, resilient community food systems, and the long-term viability of Oregon’s small and mid-scale farmers and ranchers.
is the nation’s first directly elected regional government and serves more than 1.7 million people in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties whose boundary encompasses Portland and 23 other cities region wide.
works to develop and implement local, culturally appropriate programs to address a wide range of health disparities among the Black/African immigrant and refugee communities throughout Oregon.
Ecotrust Project Team & Services
Farm Service Agency engages in the following types of cooperative agreements: …
A $1.5M cooperative agreement will support utilization of USDA programs among farmers historically underserved or discriminated against by the agency. Ecotrust is among the organizations who will be leading this work in the Portland Metro region.
August 7, 2023 | A $1.5M cooperative agreement will support utilization of USDA programs among farmers historically underserved or discriminated against by the agency
July 25, 2023 | Portland will be home to one of 17 new urban agriculture centers nationwide with a $1.5 million investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
July 24, 2023 | Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Andrea Salinas (OR-6), and Sens. Ron Wyden (OR) and Jeff Merkley (OR) applaud the Biden-Harris administration’s nearly $1.5 million investment in a new Urban Service Center to help urban farmers and strengthen local food systems in the Pacific Northwest.