farm picture with rows of crops
courtesy Oregon Department of Agriculture

Multnomah County Supports Local Farmers

Farms and farmers are valuable to our community. One of the goals of Multnomah County' Food Action Plan is to increase access to local food options. This includes protecting the agricultural land base, supporting small- and mid-scale farms, and increasing urban and rural food production. This page serves as a guide to some of the resources available to farmers in Multnomah County through local organizations and County programs. 

Here you will find information on the following three local organizations with opportunities for farmers:

Multnomah County is a major player in the agricultural economy of Oregon, ranking among the most productive for caneberries (like blackberries and raspberries), as well as for greenhouse and nursery products. However, only a small portion of the food grown in Multnomah County is directly sold here. Multnomah County has been working with a variety of local partners to increase access to land, capital and training, equipment, and opportunities to sell products locally.

iFarm

What is it?

A land and resource connection service with an online database for farmers and land owners to network and exchange land, services, and equipment.

Why we like it

  • Person-to-person interaction: they provide the platform, but individuals and groups communicate directly with one another
  • Quality: to contact anyone on iFarm, you must first complete a questionnaire describing your opportunity (for landholders) or your goals, experience, and plans (for land seekers). Only after this information is approved are you granted access the database.
  • Free service: no fee to join!

Go here if ...

You are a farmer seeking land to farm, or a landowner seeking a farmer!

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (WMSWCD)

What is it?

The East and West Soil and Water Conservation Districts are local government entities providing training, education, and grant opportunities for farmers, respectively, East and West of the Willamette River. They work with farmers to improve soil quality and irrigation, and decrease pests.

Why we like it

  • Lots of workshops and events
  • Funding opportunities for farmers
  • EMSWCD's farm incubator program involves leasing out sections of EMSWCD’s Headwaters Farm to help newer farmers overcome barriers to starting their own farm venture.
  • WMSWCD works to improve and preserve historic farmland on Sauvie Island, and promote watershed restoration in Southwest Portland Neighborhoods

Go here if ...

you are a farmer with questions about native or invasive plants, livestock care, or building a new structure on your land; you're interested in jump starting your career through the Farm Incubator Program; you have land (urban or rural) that may be a good candidate for a restoration project!

FoodHub

​What is it?

FoodHub is an online platform that connects farmers, ranchers, fishermen and specialty producers with wholesale food buyers in their region.

Why we like it

  • Helps farmers find new markets
  • Over 5,000 members in the Western U.S.

Go here if ...

You are interested in buying or selling wholesale local produce!