The Food Action Team

In our current food system, it takes seven to ten calories of fossil fuel energy to produce one calorie of food.  Much of this energy is used to produce chemical fertilizers and to transport food products around the world.  The Food Action Team aims to increase the consumption of locally- and sustainably-produced food, encourage personal connections between farmers and consumers, and support home gardening while ensuring that all community members have access to quality food.

The Food Action Team has two active subgroups:

  • Corvallis Local 6 Connection
  • The Garden Group

The Corvallis Local 6 Connection is working to increase demand and overall consumption of local food through marketing and identification.  In addition to organizing an annual Local Eats Week in fall, the team is excited to be coordinating the Eat 40% Local Challenge! Want to get in on the action? Email local6emily@gmail.com to join the group and get email notifications on meetings and events.

The Garden Group has focused on fostering neighborhood gardening groups by developing an online forum for area gardeners, publishing a resource guide for Corvallis-area gardeners, and sponsoring a series of Edible Front Yard Garden Tours.

The Food Action Team has developed some ambitious goals and actions outlined in the newly revised Food section of Community Sustainability: A Framework for Action — soon to be published by the Sustainability Coalition. Take a look at the Food vision, goals, strategies, and actions here:
FOOD_2013 – A Framework for Action

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Project: Garden Resources Guide
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Food: Vision

The vision of the food action team is that by 2020, we are fed primarily by food which is locally produced, using practices that renew and enrich the land and community.


Food: Goals

Goal 1: By 2020, 40% of the food consumed by the Corvallis population is grown, processed, or produced in Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, and Polk counties.

Goal 2: By 2020, all Corvallis residents will have access at all times to enough food for an active and healthy life.

Goal 3: By 2020, 80% of all land area in community food-producing farms, ranches, and gardens will be managed using practices that renew and enrich the land and community.

Food: Current Projects

1. The Local 6 Connection aims to increase demand for food produced in the six counties surrounding Corvallis: Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, and Polk.

2. The Corvallis Garden Forum aims to build community among Corvallis gardeners by fostering sharing of ideas and supplies.

3. The Corvallis Garden Resource Guide makes it easy for gardeners to find what they need, including workshops and publications, neighborhood groups, community gardens, seeds and supplies, produce donation opportunities, and backyard poultry resources.