Public Meetings and Forums

The Rogue Valley Food System Network has hosted several public meetings and forums, some of which have been videotaped. These recordings can be accessed through the following links below:

The Future Of Food And Farming In The Rogue Valley- November 19, 2014

A panel of community stakeholders discuss the building of the Rogue Valley Food System Network as a strong, equitable and sustainable food system for Jackson County and Josephine County. Local representatives from government, education and non-profit organizations tackle issues such as food deserts, access to food by low-income residents, public health and economic development.

Planning for the Future of Agriculture in the Rogue Valley – October 5, 2016

Four presenters outline planning issues related to the future of agriculture in the Rogue Valley from their unique perspectives at the October 2016 meeting of the Rogue Valley Food System Network. Presenters are: Greg Holmes (1000 Friends of Oregon), Kelly Madding (Jackson County Community Development), Tom Humphrey (Central Point Community Development), and Josh LeBombard (Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development). The video was produced and edited by Maureen Flanagan Battistella with the support of the Oregon Heritage Commission and Southern Oregon University.

Food Hubs: Gaining Local Moment in a National Movement – November 2, 2016

Food hubs add capacity and efficiency to the local food supply. In this Rogue Valley Food Systems Network meeting, Tracy Harding (Rogue Valley Farm to School) gives an overview of the national food hub movement and Amber and Steve Fry (Fry Family Farm) provide a local, Southern Oregon perspective. The video was produced and edited by Maureen Flanagan Battistella with the support of the Oregon Heritage Commission and Southern Oregon University.

Cannabis and the Food System: A Changing Landscape

The growth of the cannabis industry in Southern Oregon has brought opportunities and complex challenges. The Rogue Valley Food System Network invited the public to learn more about the changing role of cannabis on food production through an expert panel presentation. 

Panelist presented on the current state of research and regulations in the following areas: water resources, soil fertility, land use planning, rules & regulations, and labor issues. Following the panel presentations, council members of the Rogue Valley Food System Network moderated a question and answer session with the audience. The video was produced and edited by Maureen Flanagan Battistella with the support of the Oregon Heritage Commission and Southern Oregon University. Links: Video and 2017.07.19_Cannabis and the Food System Notes.