Mission & History
Food Roots exists to grow a more robust food system on the north Oregon coast by engaging the community, supporting farmers and entrepreneurs, and improving access to local food.
Our aim is to foster a strong food system in which everyone in Tillamook County will be able to eat local food daily, and through which residents will better understand their role in the local food system, have the ability to grow their own food when possible, and have the resources to eat well. We believe such a food system will lead to a healthier community, a stronger economy, and increased well being throughout our communities.
We are located in Tillamook County, a geographically large rural county on the northwest coast of Oregon with just over 25,000 residents. The region has historically been a region with natural resource-based economies of timber, fisheries and dairy production. Now, seasonal tourism is a large part of Tillamook County’s economy, and most of the living wage jobs are gone. Yet the county is still rich in natural resources; agriculture and food production holds promise for our future.
Founded in 2006, Food Roots has helped build linkages among farmers, processors, educators, agencies, nonprofits, farmers markets, schools, youth groups, local government and anyone else interested in making our local food economy stronger. Food Roots also works in partnership with Oregon Food Bank to create venues where our regional stakeholders can discuss big-picture issues related to north coast food and agriculture, and talk collaboratively about how to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities. We work as a catalyst for positive change in our regional food system.
Our Programs & Work
- Access to Capital through Individual Development Accounts
- Grow the Coast, Food & Farm Conference
- Farmer Resources
- North Coast Food Guide
- Seed to Supper Garden Course
- Tillamook County Farmers Market Network and SNAP at Markets