Ideas developed during Nourish food summit
The event, held at Linfield College, also featured guest speakers.
The headliner was Katrina Van Dis of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, who described a study the council conducted on the feasibility of creating a food hub to serve Central Oregon. She discussed the challenges the group encountered and the steps it took to meet them.
While she hadn’t yet compiled a list for posting on the group’s website, Satterwhite said some great ideas were developed in the breakout sessions.
The Farm to School group suggested organizing a local Farm to School Council for Yamhill County. It envisioned bringing together teachers, administrators, farmers and school associations to develop a list of resource, curriculum and staffing possibilities.
Another idea was to develop a volunteer-run campaign with a $5,000 budget to assess resources currently available.
Satterwhite liked the tagline the grain and bean group came up with — “If you knead it, they will rise.”
The group was led by Jason Hunton of Hunton’s Farms and the Southern Willamette Valley Grain & Bean Project. He raised the idea of building a viable business around a commercial grist mill.
Another group brainstormed a project it called, “Access Yamhill Valley — the Food Connection.” It envisioned bringing together producers and wholesalers to identify gaps in local crop production and work to fill them.
She said there was a feeling in the group that it would foster a lot of connectivity and community-building between producers and consumers.
In the food processing breakout, presenters Lauren Gwin of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network and Dick Sadler of the Dundee Fruit Company spent the bulk of their time sharing their knowledge with the participants about the specifics of processing.
Satterwhite said one shared goal of participants is to develop a local food guide. She said challenges included staffing, cost and format, either print or electronic.
She said the next step would be to combine information from both the fall community meetings and Saturday’s session, survey the data and identify the most feasible initial opportunities for action.
Nourish Yamhill Valley is a program launched by the Yamhill Community Action Partnership and community partners using startup grant funding from United Way and the Meyer Memorial Trust. For more information, visit www.nourishyamhillvalley.org.