The Kitchen Garden Project invites you to connect to NeighborWorks Umpqua’s vision, a vision dedicated to nourishing a strong community by helping people to empower themselves as well as growing good food. NeighborWorks Umpqua’s vision is only made possible by the dedication and participation of people like you!
The commitment and passion of each KGP gardener directly impacts your community’s health. By planting and tending your backyard garden, you are joining in a community effort to strengthen our local food system. Your interest and energy motivates the Kitchen Garden Project to continue developing community food solutions.
Spring KGP applications are accepted throughout January each year. Click here for Kitchen Garden Project application.
We are looking for volunteers and donations, if you want to support this project call 541.671.5839
If you represent a school, non-profit, or tribe and you’re interested in partnering with NeighborWorks Umpqua to build gardens at your facility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your vision and possibilities for collaboration.
Economic Development Through Food Systems
Improving the economy of the communities they work in has always been at the heart of NeighborWorks Umpqua’s outreach. Michelle Martin, the Director of Economic Development continues with this work in the region, believing that at its core comprehensive community revitalization must include strategic methods to improve the local economy and create an environment that supports the growth of our local businesses and provides multiple opportunities for entrepreneurs new and old to flourish.
The past several years, NeighborWorks Umpqua has focused on multiple areas of economic development, including food systems. The work within the regional food systems, enabled NeighborWorks Umpqua to partner with multiple organizations and individuals across southwestern Oregon to improve access to fresh, local and healthy foods. Working within food systems, the organization is the lead organization for a collaborative formed, SouthWestern Oregon Food System Collaborative (SWOFSC) whose purpose is to explore opportunities within the food system and identify areas of economic uplift. Currently this collaborative is focused on exploring opportunities within the local commercial fisheries and seeking to improve the livelihoods of our local fishermen. This work has gained national attention. A great article was written by Patty Cantrell of the Regional Food Solutions LLC. This group will continue to do outreach and develop opportunities within other areas of our regional food system.
NeighborWorks Umpqua’s grass roots approach to economic development truly seeks to partner within the local communities, working to develop and assist our partners in building long-term wealth for our region through creating a strong sense of community, improving infrastructure, and developing a well-trained workforce.
If you are interested in becoming a partner in our work, have a great idea for development, or just have questions please email Michelle Martin, Director of Economic Development, or call her at 541-414-6368.
The Umpqua Valley Farmers’ Market serves up the local Roseburg area with fresh produce, plants, prepared food, arts and crafts. And with vendors from the surrounding area, you know that you are supporting the local economy and your neighbors.
NeighborWorks Umpqua partnered with the Market Manager to receive tax-deductible donations for an incentive program. Fresh Funds SNAP Incentive Program was implemented at the UVFM in July of 2014. Double Up Food Bucks has now replaced that program. Currently shoppers can receive up to $10 each Saturday when they use your EBT/Oregon Trail Card at the UVFM. For more information, go to: www.doubleuporegon.org
Umpqua Urban Edibles Project
The Umpqua Urban Edibles Project (UUEP) is a group of concerned community members who want to change the state of affairs of the food system in Douglas County and the Roseburg area. NeighborWorks Umpqua is a partnering entity in the group, along with groups and organizations such as Umpqua Valley disAbilities Network, Master Gardeners, League of Women Voters, Umpqua Watersheds, Westside Community Garden, and several more. The goal of the UUEP is to promote and support the development and expansion of a sustainable food network in Douglas County, and to encourage the accessibility of low-cost, healthy, locally produced foods.
Since its inception in 2015, the focus of the Umpqua Urban Edibles Project has been the development of edible landscapes in public parks and spaces where everyone may have access to locally grown perennial foods, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, kiwis and much more. Project that have been completed by the UUEP include edible landscapes in the Riverside Park, The Arts Center, and St. Joseph’s Church. Partnerships with the City of Roseburg Parks and Recreation have allowed these projects to be possible.