SWOT approach helps focus group analyze the local food system in Bonners Ferry

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2019: $28,636.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Host Institution Award ID: G242-20-W7905
Grant Recipient: University of Idaho, Extension
Region: Western
State: Idaho
State Coordinator:
Carmen Willmore
University of Idaho Extension
A $25,000 Western USDA-SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) grant entitled Increasing Knowledge and Capacity for Transforming Local and Regional Food Systems in Idaho sponsored both a statewide conference and a series of smaller studies across the state on this topic. The Boundary County project was one of five projects funded statewide. A focus group of 26 community members attended a 5.5-hour focus group session let by a facilitator that used a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis to examines internal and external factors facing the county's local food system. This group felt that Boundary County has the potential to develop a strong local food system but that there were significant barriers, including price of locally produce (48% of respondents) and a lack of marketing to connect buyers and selling (43%). The group wants to include self-sufficiency for the community and felt that they have a great growing region and a supportive culture. However, there is considerable poverty, a lack of skilled labor, and logistical/transportation issues due to the geographical isolation and lack of population centers.
Kathleen Painter, University of Idaho Extension
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers; Consumers
This product is associated with the project "2020 Idaho Western SARE Professional Development State Program"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.