SOFA: Southern Oregon Food Alliance – A Local Food System Network
Umpqua Valley Farm to School has partnered with Rogue Valley Food System Network and Otterbee’s Market along with assistance from Blue Zones Project – Umpqua to develop a regional food hub that encompasses the five-county region of Southerwestern Oregon: Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Coos, and Curry counties. Together, we aim to expand the capacity of our local farms while creating the infrastructure that is needed to provide fresh, local foods to buyers throughout the region.
After a two-year long assessment of our current food system, a conclusion was drawn that there is a need to build connections between coastal fisheries and processors and inland buyers, as well as farmers and ranchers throughout the region to restaurants, schools, and institutions. The goal of SOFA is to work cohesively to create an equitable, inclusive food system network to support all types of agriculture in the Southern Oregon region.
Several workgroups have been developed for phase two of our food hub assessment. Community members and stakeholders are asked to join workgroups based on interest to further develop the food system. Workgroups are as follows:
- Category 1: Strengthening farmers and ranchers, and increasing overall production capacity
- Category 2: Building on existing hubs and innovations
- Category 3: Building, reaching new markets through coordinated production
- Category 4: Expanding infrastructure, logistics and delivery capacity
- Category 5: Increasing access to healthy foods for lower income people
- Category 6: Increasing markets and opportunities for fishermen and local seafood companies
Information on how to join workgroups will be posted here soon, or you can send us an email with the group that interests you most and we will add you to our mailing list.
Check back often for updates on the work we’re doing to build a regional food system network.