Accomplishments

Accomplishments

The Rogue Valley Food System Council has accomplished a lot in its brief two plus years of existence. After spending some time getting organized and identifying priorities, the Council established a regular time and format for ongoing meetings, which are now regularly attended by a dozen or more additional members of the public. As a result of outreach and publicity efforts the original 15 partners expanded to include several dozen organizations and individuals, including a number of businesses, both counties, and several of the cities in the region.

The Council initially focused our efforts on exploring three major subject areas: access to food; healthy eating, and enhancing the local food economy. Through staff and Council support, we helped design and incubate several projects, including the Healthy Corner Store initiative, a pilot healthy eating Rx program, and a wholesale market development program. 2014 ended with a highly successful public forum where more than 110 people from the local community gathered to hear about work being done by our partners to strengthen the local food economy, which led to an invitation to create our own pavilion full of displays at the 2015 Jackson County Fair, where several thousand local residents learned about our regional food system.