Here are a selection of the climate actions in the Food & Agriculture Solution Area going on now in Oregon.
Dry Farming Institute (DFI) (https://dryfarming.org/) engages growers and communities in collectively adapting to less water. Farmers are exploring adopting dry farming methods as a climate resilience strategy to cope with less water available for irrigation. DFI helps promote dry-farmed produce and resilient seed stewardship. [Statewide+]
Food Waste Stops with Me (https://www.clackamas.us/recycling/foodwaste) offers free customizable tools, resources, and support to help businesses reduce food waste, donate edible food to people in need, and separate food scraps for compost. Reducing food waste protects Oregon's natural resources for future generations, and can help your bottom line. Join Food Waste Stops with Me and take action to reduce food waste. [Clackamas County]
Oregon Climate & Agriculture Network (OrCAN) (https://www.oregonclimateag.org/) aims to build a regenerative agricultural economy in Oregon that is rooted in community and thrives through disruptions big and small. Getting us there requires a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and multicultural approach; OrCAN works with farmers, researchers, technical assistance providers, non-profits, and policy makers to promote, improve, and better understand farming for climate resilience in Oregon. [Statewide]
Pacific Northwest Agroforestry Working Group (https://pnwagro.forestry.oregonstate.edu/) works as a collaborative group of academics, extension agents, and land-stewards to promote agroforestry awareness and adoption, as well as facilitate research and demonstration in the Pacific Northwest. Agroforestry is the scientific exploration of land management that intentionally includes woody perennials to meet the needs of land-stewards and positively contribute towards environmental, social, and economic resilience. [Statewide+]
Pacific Northwest Biochar (http://www.pnwbiochar.org/) provides informational resources for producers and consumers of biochar, promoting the production and application of biochar, which sequesters carbon in soils and reduces the emission of atmospheric carbon dioxide. [Statewide+]
Pacific Northwest Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (https://www.pnwcsa.org/), formerly PACSAC, is committed to providing education about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), supporting farmers who provide quality local food to our communities, and increasing access to healthy food for underserved communities. PNWCSA has played a key role in advancing CSA in the region, which currently includes more than 35,000 households and more than 75 CSA member farms. [Statewide+]
Portland Metro Veggies (https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Metro-Veggies/) is a Meetup group for vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious. Members come from all over the greater Portland metro area, and the group does not promote any one political party or religious agenda, nor do we sell anything or recruit for other Meetups. This group is open to singles, couples, and families of all kinds, and supports fun, socializing and making new like-minded friends. [Portland metro]
Rogue Produce (https://rogueproduce.com/community-compost/) has created a smart solution for managing the valuable resource of our food scraps: Community Compost provides a weekly residential pickup of food scraps. Instead of taking the scraps to the landfill, they are donated to small local farms or local businesses, where they are used to create compost. Signing up helps reduce the waste in our local landfill and provides a great benefit to local farmers. [Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, Central Point, and Jacksonville]
If you have a project in this area, and would like to post it, please contact us at ORClimateHub@gmail.com, or message us within the Hub. For other informational starting points, visit our resources page or the current collection of resource posts.