Focus areas: Farm and food system policy, local and regional food supply chains, community food system development.
Dr. Lauren Gwin is Assistant Professor in the Crop & Soil Science Department, Extension Community Food Systems Specialist, and Associate Director of OSU’s Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, an Extension-based
Collaboration is fundamental to her work. She is a co-founder and Leadership Team member for the Oregon Community Food Systems Network, which has 53 organizational members statewide. Inside OSU, she leads an interdisciplinary working group of OSU Extension faculty with a broad range of community-based food systems experience and expertise.
Dr. Gwin co-founded and directs the national Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, a national network of processors, producers, agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others working to support the processing infrastructure essential to local and regional meat production.