Rural food systems struggle to provide for residents
In the tiny town of Dayville (pop. 138), the general store does a lot more than sell groceries. It’s a feed store, a liquor store, a variety store and—like many rural mercantiles—it also does duty as the community center. Mugs with their owners’ names scrawled on them hang on the wall, waiting for local residents to head to the back room for a little coffee and company. It's a reminder of how important food is to rural Oregon—not just the consuming of it, but its availability and distribution. At the same time, it serves as a reminder of how these food systems are at risk.
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