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Food policy and zoning in Portland

A garden in a backyard, with mulch paths in between planter boxes

The City of Portland’s policies and projects focus on food access and resources to improve the availability and affordability of fresh, healthy, locally produced food. These policies and projects work to promote community resiliency, equity, and environmental, economic, and personal health.

Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council (2002-2012)

The Portland / Multnomah Food Policy Council served as a citizen-based advisory board to the City of Portland and Multnomah County from 2002-2012. The Council represented a broad spectrum of citizens that addressed policy issues in our regional food system.

https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/record/13127409

Farmers Market Study (2008)

Farmers markets are a key ingredient in Portland’s renowned food culture. Enthusiasm for fresh and local food has sparked the growth of Portland farmers markets from one small market in 1991 to 14 markets and $11.2 million in sales for the 2007 market season. This report is an in-depth study of current market conditions, including supply and demand. It examines characteristics of successful markets, identifies underserved areas, analyzes the markets’ economic impact, and offers recommendations for an expanded City role in fostering market growth. All Portland market managers, over 50 local farmers, and peer communities were consulted. 

https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/record/13127245

Urban Food Zoning Code Update (2012)

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update increases access to healthful, affordable food options for all residents, especially those who currently have limited access. Through a robust community discussion, this project revised zoning code regulations to support market gardens, community gardens, farmers markets, food buying clubs and community supported agriculture (CSA) organizations.

https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/record/13127449