Oregon

Oregon

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Connect

  • 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!