USDA Funds CDCO’s Land Access Initiative for Local Farmers


We are excited to share that the Community Development Corporation of Oregon (aka Rockwood Community Development Corporation) has been selected as one of the recipients of a significant funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Among the 50 projects chosen for potential awards totaling around $300 million, CDCO’s project stood out as an exemplary initiative.

Our project focuses on providing long-term and sustainable land access to disadvantaged refugee and immigrant beginning farmers in Oregon’s east Multnomah and Clackamas counties. Through this endeavor, we aim to:

  • purchase the currently rented farm, reduce land costs through conservation or working lands easements, and

  • facilitate an inclusive process of education and training on cooperative land ownership, finance concepts, and relevant USDA programs.

We are incredibly grateful to have been selected for this funding and are honored by the recognition of our project as an exemplary model of community development. This opportunity reinforces our commitment to creating equitable opportunities and fostering economic empowerment within underserved communities.

With the support received, we will continue to work diligently to drive positive change, promote sustainable agriculture practices, and cultivate a more inclusive and resilient local food system.

We are sincerely thankful to the USDA for their acknowledgment and remain dedicated to making a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of refugee and immigrant farmers in our region.

Stay tuned for updates as we embark on this transformative journey together. We are excited to collaborate with our community partners to build a stronger, more vibrant community that uplifts and empowers all its members.