The PDX Foodshed Project: Growing a Sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed

The Portland, Oregon metropolitan area is well known nationwide for its cutting edge sustainability vision, urban development and farmland protection framework. The region has a large number of productive small farms within and near urban areas. There is a growing interest in, and support for, locally grown, sustainable food. This interest is driven by rising concerns over public health, food security, transportation costs, climate change, economic turmoil and the search for a more community-based, sustainable lifestyle.

The purpose of this Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant project is to identify ways to strengthen the regional food production system. The project identifies key challenges that face our foodshed growers and producers and develops tools for both planners and growers to overcome them. This project has attempted to help find solutions to address these unique challenges for both existing and emerging urban farmers.

Download the Final Report and Appendices (pdf)

Please read the Foodshed Vision and Sustainability Framework

Tools and Resources




Watch Barriers to Success in Urban Farming

Portland's Urban Farmer Barriers and Opportunities from Pdxfoodshed on Vimeo.


Foodshed Area of the project

Project Funded By

Western Sare