Advocacy & Policy

Multnomah Food Initiative
The outcome of the 2010 Multnomah Food Summit, which brought together over 200 community partners including non-profits, businesses, faith organizations, schools and local governments to develop a shared vision, collaborative food system goals, and a 15-year action plan for our community

In addition to the Initiative itself, this site also offers a comprehensive list of local food-related resources of all kinds which can be found at:

City of Portland: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Food Policy and Programs
Works with the citizen-based Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council to advise elected officials on issues regarding food access, land use planning issues, local food purchasing plans and many other policy initiatives in the regional food system. Website includes links to sustainable food resources and to the Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council.

Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council
A citizen-based advisory council to the City of Portland and Multnomah County, the Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council brings citizens and professionals together to address issues regarding food access, land use planning issues, local food purchasing plans and many other policy initiatives in the current regional food system.  Meetings are open to the public and held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

Friends of Family Farmers
P.O. Box 1286
103 S. Molalla Ave.
Molalla, OR 97038
503-759-FARM (3276)
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Friends of Family Farmers is a 501c3 nonprofit that promotes and protects socially responsible agriculture in Oregon.  “Through education, advocacy, and community organizing, they support socially and environmentally responsible family-scale agriculture and citizens working to shape healthy rural communities.”

They also sponsor a monthly InFARMation (and Beer!) program the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-8:30 at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison, Portland) The topic changes each month, but always focuses on the larger picture of the connection between food and farms in Oregon.  It is free and open to the public, but Holocene is 21 & over only—so no minors may attend.

Friends of the Portland Community Gardens
Friends of the Portland Community Gardens is a volunteer-run 501c3 nonprofit organization, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2011 and whose mission is “to support community gardening opportunities for all Portlanders to grow healthy food and build community.”

Through fundraising, advocacy, and public education, they are committed to dramatically expanding the number of community gardens throughout the Portland metro area and working with the City of Portland’s Community Gardens program and other community allies to ensure their ongoing maintenance.  To learn more, become a member, volunteer, suggest a possible garden space, or make a donation to help grow community gardens in PDX, visit

Oregon Food Bank
The Oregon Food Bank distributes food to agencies that feed people who are hungry throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. They also work to fight hunger’s root causes through public policy, outreach and education. To make a donation or volunteer, go to

Community Food Security Coalition
3830 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97202
503- 954-2970
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a North American coalition of people and organizations working to build community food security. They have a diverse membership with almost 300 organizations from social and economic justice, anti-hunger, environmental, community development, sustainable agriculture, community gardening and other fields.

In addition to their national advocacy work, CFSC co-sponsors the Healthy Corner Store Network, a learning community of leaders involved in improving access to healthy products in underserved communities, hosts an annual conference that brings together hundreds of people working on CFS issues, and runs COMFOOD, an email list created to link individuals and organizations involved with or interested in community food security.

Ecotrust Food and Farms Program
Ecotrust’s Food and Farm Program has 3 major initiatives: (1) Farm to School helps local schools source locally grown, processed, and manufactured products and advocates for policy changes that support better school food and increased food literacy. (2) Edible Portland (, their award-winning quarterly magazine, celebrates local, seasonal foods; (3) FoodHub, an online marketplace which connects regional wholesale food buyers and sellers.   They also offer Building Local Food Networks: A Toolkit for Organizers, a quarterly newsletter, and host periodic workshops and events. To learn more, visit their website.

Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust (OSALT)
P.O. Box 1106
Canby, OR 97013
Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust (OSALT) is a charitable trust whose purpose is to hold rural and urban agricultural lands in trust to keep them in agricultural use and make them available to future generations of growers, as well as to conduct practical research into sustainable production and distribution, and provide education to growers and consumers about the results of that research and the importance of sustainability

Visit the OSALT website for a full listing of volunteer opportunities, to subscribe to SALT of the Earth, OSALT’s journal or to learn about upcoming OSALT educational conferences, seminars, workshops and classes.

Slow Food USA –Portland Chapter
Through lectures, tours, cooking demonstrations, volunteer days, and other local events, Slow Food Portland works to engage the Portland metro-area community with the broader food movement. They partner with local and national activists, chefs, farmers, and organizations already working for direct change to our food system, and invite you to join them.  For information about local activities or to sign up for their newsletter or blog, go to

Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering
Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NW RAGE) is a non-violent, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the responsible, sustainable and just use of agriculture and science. They are working towards a ban on genetic engineering and patents on life through education, community building, advocacy and action.

The Oregon Center for Environmental Health’s Healthy Food for a Healthy Environment initiative
This initiative aims “to create a significant shift in the cycle of food production by leveraging the purchasing power of large institutions to support local and regional markets for healthier and more ecologically-friendly food, including produce free of toxic pesticides, meat products produced without non-therapeutic antibiotics, and dairy products that are free of growth hormones, and other products from environmentally responsible farms.”

Salmon Safe
Salmon-Safe is a Portland-based 501c3 nonprofit working to restoring agricultural and urban watersheds so that salmon can spawn and thrive. Salmon-Safe certifies fish friendly farms in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and works with farmers and wine growers to encourage the adoption of ecologically sustainable agricultural practices that protect water quality and native salmon.

Oregon Organic Coalition
The Oregon Organic Coalition (OOC) is a 501c6 nonprofit founded to advance the development and growth of the organic industry and community in Oregon. They are the organizers of the annual “Organically Grown in Oregon” event.