Lane County Local Food Market Analysis
The Lane County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the City of Eugene, Eugene Water and Electric Board, and the University of Oregon, recently funded the “Lane County Local Food Market Analysis.” The award winning project, which was prepared by the University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop, provides an analysis of how food grown, processed, distributed and sold in the county can boost the local economy.
Since the study was completed in August 2010, Lane County has distributed $400,000 to local food projects, including expansion of distribution facilities, contributing to start-up expenses for a grain mill, and hiring a part-time local food coordinator. In addition, EWEB has secured land for a 90-acre demonstration farm and pursued grants to help agricultural producers protect water quality while increasing revenue.
Lane County Food Cluster Survey
Lane County and the Lane Workforce Partnership have partnered to complete a Local Food Industry Analysis. The goal of this project is to gather information from local food businesses across the supply chain to gauge interest level in expansion of the local industry and business needs. A survey was used to gather specific data related to the effort (see Lane County Food Cluster Survey Results). These project is being funded through an Economic Development Administration grant to Lane County. Please contact Sarah Mizejewski 541-682-6503 or Sarah.Mizejewski@co.lane.or.us if you would like more information.
Support For Local Food Producers
Grants and Loans
NSAC Guide to Federal Funding
Apply Now: Value-Added Producer Grant 2011
Related Organizations & Businesses
Willamette Farm and Food Coalition
Lane Small Business Development Center - Farm & Garden
Camas Country Mill
Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance
Local Food in Open For Business Magazine
Lane County Farmers Market
Lane County Food Policy Council