A food system is the sum of all activities required to make food available to people. This includes: production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste.
A sustainable food system integrates all of these elements to enhance economic, environmental, social, and nutritional health for all.
What is the Rogue Valley Food System Network?
The Rogue Valley Food System Network is a group of individuals, organizations, and businesses who have joined together to strengthen our local food system through collaboration. The Network was formed after a year-long community engagement effort that identified food system resources and needs.
The action plan that emerged focuses on eight goals to improve access to local food, promote healthy eating, enhance social equity and develop economic vitality. Over and over, community members told us that we could have a greater collective impact on our food system if there was a structure for increased information sharing and collaboration.
The Rogue Valley Food System Network establishes a collaborative community of leadership to develop and advocate for a healthy and sustainable food system in Josephine and Jackson Counties.
The Rogue Valley is celebrated for its strong, vibrant regional food system characterized by abundant local food production, equitable food access, environmental sustainability, economic vitality, and healthy community.
Just a few examples of the work that Network members are involved with to improve our community’s local food system.
Cooking Skills Education Program
The Cooking Skills Education Program is intended to expand the reach and scope of current education programs to engage a greater audience and address the needs for food skills education in the community and to have a more informed and self-sufficient consumer who is inspired to eat more fresh, local fruits, vegetables and whole foods. The program is focused on having well-trained and valued volunteers.
Healthy Corner Store Initiative
The Healthy Corner Store Initiative is a collaborative project of Jackson County Public Health Department, OSU Extension, and ACCESS to make healthy foods more accessible through neighborhood markets in our community’s food deserts.
Local Market Development
Thrive is leading community partners to increase wholesale purchases of locally grown foods by retail stores by assisting both the farmers and buyers in the process.
Our goal is to increase the amount of locally produced food that is consumed in the Rogue Valley by making local food more available where customers are already shopping.
Here’s how the Rogue Valley Food System Network benefits you and your organization:
Provides a shared vision and action plan for our community around a stronger food system.
Provides opportunity to collaborate and partner within a network of local food system stakeholders.
Coordinates regional fundraising and development designed to foster a sustainable and just local food system.
Researches and evaluates the programming, policy, science, and culture impacting the economic, environmental, and social state of our food system.
Provides collaboration to propose and promote regional policies supporting the shared vision for our food system.
Partners in the delivery of community outreach programming designed to foster a regional ethic of pride and care for our community’s food system.
How you can get involved
Join the Rogue Valley Food System Network in one of three ways:
The Council – Appointed to be the decision making body of the Network to uphold the mission, vision & objectives.
Partners – Organizations, agencies, or businesses that support the mission and objectives of the Network and want to participate in a focused work group.
Supporters – Individuals that support the mission and objectives of the Network and want to work in a focus area.
Attend Network Meetings
Network meetings are open to the public as an opportunity for community members to connect and form partnerships. The meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. For meeting details contact the Community Food System Coordinator, contact info below.