Treasure Valley food and agriculture information

We’re trying to accumulate studies and reports that address the larger role of food and agriculture in our community.  Please suggest others!

Greater Treasure Valley Region (Southwestern Idaho/Eastern Oregon) Local Farm and Food Economy,   Highlights of a data compilation by Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center  (Minneapolis) for Treasure Valley Food Coalition & the Oregon Food Bank  June 3, 2010    Read it here:  Ken Meter Food and Farm Economy report

Caldwell, Idaho flour mill July 1941. Russell Lee photographer. Library of Congress collection

The Impacts of Irrigated Agriculture and the Economic Base of Canyon County, Agricultural Economics Research Series No. 01-2010; Steven Petersen &  Abelardo Rodriguez, University of Idaho, December 31, 2009  Read it here:  Economic Impact of Irrigated Agriculture on Canyon County

Highlights from the Southeastern Oregon Community Food Assessment 2009, conducted by the Oregon Food Bank.

Gem Community Hunger Free Community Initiative FEAST  (Food, Education, Agriculture Solutions Together), September 2011.  Gem Community FEAST Final Report

In September 2011, the first adaptation of the FEAST model of community organizing was brought to Idaho’s Gem Community through a venue in Emmett, Idaho. According to the goals of the FEAST model, pioneered by the Oregon Food Bank, the event was, ―a community organizing process that allows participants to engage in an informed and facilitated discussion about food, education and agriculture in their community and begin to work toward solutions together to help build a healthier, more equitable, and more resilient local food system.‖1 Forty-five individuals participated in this visioning and planning process to ultimately determine the ―next steps‖ for the community in its overall effort to achieve food security and sustainability. The FEAST organizing event was the culmination of six months of community assessment and interviews in the Gem Community.

Idaho Center for the Book  asked all kinds of Idahoans to share what books informed or inspired their relationship to food; and to make it as Idaho-relevant as they could.  The huge response is captured in their imaginative and entertaining October  2011 newsletter.  ICB fall 2011 newsletter   For more information about the Idaho Center for the Book, visit their website at http:/www.lili.org/icb.  

Food Deserts in the High Desert: Healthy Food Planning in the Southwestern Idaho  is a report completed by three graduate students for their Introduction to Planning class at Boise State’s Community and Regional Planning  Program.  Their work is an introduction to the concepts of food deserts, community food projects, and food policy councils.  It includes recommendations for improving the food system of the Treasure Valley.  Visit their website at: http://feedingidaho.wordpress.com/