The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is excited to announce a unique new business resource website at www.oregon.gov/odaroadmap which serves Oregon agricultural producers and small and medium food and beverage businesses who want to grow and become more successful. Additionally, through a partnership with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the new site also includes the launch of Oregon’s Harvest for School web presence at oda.direct/OH4S.
The ODA used state grant funds to create the dual-purpose website to expand opportunities for Oregon food and beverage companies and agricultural producers.
The Oregon Harvests for Schools program connects Oregon growers with schools to provide healthy, local produce. The new site includes:
- A toolkit of resources to help growers get started selling Oregon produce through the ODE Farm-to-Child Nutrition Program.
- Information on how to get listed in the Oregon Harvest for Schools directory where schools can find and purchase local food.
- Regional contacts to facilitate relationship building between producers and local school buyers.
- Announcements and upcoming events for food producers and businesses interested in school markets.
- Resources for the farm and agricultural education.
On the business roadmap side of the site, visitors will find an online resource guide and expert articles. Small and medium-sized food and beverage businesses in Oregon face many hurdles in growing their business. Although many resources are available throughout the state, it can be difficult to know and find what you need. Roadmap design helps a business by bringing together many statewide, regional, and national resources in one place. Micah Elconin, founder of Season to Taste, a regional food system consulting firm, and Hannah Kulberg, a regional food and beverage mentor, assisted the ODA with organization and content, ensuring that needs of the food and beverage industry are satisfied.
The Oregon Harvest for Schools components of the site are now available. The Business Roadmap has additional features coming soon and will be fully launched next month. The ODA will continue to update information to better serve targeted visitors to Oregon Food and Agriculture.
For more information about Oregon Harvest for Schools, please feel free to contact Amy Gilroy at [email protected].
For more information on the roadmap, please contact Erick Garman at [email protected].