- State Fellow: Aaron Poplack
- State Partner Supervisor: Amy Gilroy
For more information, please contact: Aaron Poplack
Why Serve in Oregon?
Oregon is a large state with lots of beautiful open spaces and wildlife. Our geography is varied. We have a long coast, tall peaks, lakes, and the deepest gorge in America (Snake River). You can go from temperate rainforest to high country desert in a day! We currently have ten service sites, across a variety of soil types, climates, and local food scenes. Sites range from a high country ranching community with a 90 day growing season to maritime climate in the heart of a coastal dairy community. Oregon’s farmers, fishers, ranchers and dairymen and women grow over 220 crops. Their high quality products are available at thousands of grocery stores, restaurants, schools, hospitals, farmers markets and farm stands around the state.
Oregon is also a mature farm to school state with a robust Farm to School and School Garden Network, and was the first state to institutionalize a Farm to School & School Garden Coordinator in both the state agencies of Agriculture and Education. There are nearly 600 school gardens in the state, and extensive statewide efforts supported by over 100 organizations through the Oregon Farm to School & School Garden Network.
Despite all of the food systems work being done, and Oregon’s strong agricultural heritage,
- 1 in 5 Oregon children are at risk of being overweight/obesity
- 15% of Oregon families are food insecure
- 1 in 3 Oregon children are at risk for diabetes
Serving with FoodCorps in Oregon means you’re part of a close-knit team serving together to help Oregon kids and communities grow up healthy. Join us!
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) works to: ensure consumer protection and food safety; expand markets for agricultural products and processed foods; and to protect Oregon’s natural resource base for present and future generations of farmers, ranchers, and commercial fishers.
The FoodCorps Oregon program is housed in ODA’s Market Access and Certification Program as a tool for forwarding the agency’s work supporting local market development; improving Oregonians’ agricultural, food and environmental literacy; strengthening community food security; and encouraging new food systems careers.