The PDX Foodshed Project
Growing a Sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed
The Portland, Oregon metropolitan area is well known nationwide for its cutting edge sustainability vision, urban development and farmland protection framework. The region has a large number of productive small farms within and near urban areas. There is a growing interest in, and support for, locally grown, sustainable food. This interest is driven by rising concerns over public health, food security, transportation costs, climate change, economic turmoil and the search for a more community-based, sustainable lifestyle.
Growing a Sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed seeks to identify ways to strengthen the regional food production system. The project identifies key challenges that face our foodshed growers and producers and develops tools for both planners and growers to overcome them. This project has attempted to help find solutions to address these unique challenges for both existing and emerging urban farmers. The project is funded by a grant from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).
The project was completed in August 2012. You can read more about the project , and download the final report, at the project website http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/pdx-foodshed
The project was carried out by a broad private-public-academic team within the Portland region. Partners include Portland State University’s Institute for Metropolitan Studies (PSU), Oregon State University (OSU), the City of Damascus, Cogan Owens Cogan, LLC and leading agricultural producers.