Because everyone deserves access to locally grown, quality food.

Gorge Grown is partnering with Corner Stores to stock local, fresh fruit and vegetables from nearby farms and the Wahtonka Community School Garden.

Our Goals:

  • Improve healthy food access in underserved communities
  • Establish lasting partnerships between local farmers and store-owners
  • Bolster the local economy by driving more business to locally owned stores
  • Strengthen relationships between neighbors and project partners
  • Reduce diet-related disease and malnutrition
  • Expand this successful pilot Gorge-wide in 2018


The City of The Dalles has a high rate of food insecurity, childhood obesity, and poverty. Participating stores, La Michoacana and Allen’s Food Center are located in low-income ‘food deserts’ where residents have little access to healthy food.


  • OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
  • La Michoacana
  • Allen’s Food Center
  • Wahtonka Community School Garden
  • Oregon State University Extension
  • FIT in Wasco- Walking Groups
  • North Central Public Health District
  • One Community Health
  • Wasco County School District
  • The Blue Zones Project
  • Veggie Rx

Support for this project comes from the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnerships Program, which is designed to build sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities by providing grants and other resources to foster development of community-identified cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship projects. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has made a decade-long commitment to invent in this program to develop robust sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians. Additional information is available on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s website.

Farm Partners:

Five local farms have signed on to be producers for the corner stores, providing everything from carrots to specialty hot peppers.

  • The Wahtonka Community School Garden
  • Nature’s Finest
  • Little Bear Hill Farm
  • PrarieFish Farm & Craft
  • El Gallito Farm
  • Stepping Stone Farm

Healthy Recipe Tastings:

Join the Healthy Corner Store Project for healthy tastings featuring fresh and local fruits and veggies!

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday 11am – 1pm at La Michoacana

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday 11am – 1pm at Allen’s Food Center

Check out the events calendar to find more events and come try a taste of local!


July- Cherries, Cucumbers

Cucumber roll-ups or Greek salad and a sample of fresh cherries


August- Peaches, Tomatoes

Peach Salsa


September- Carrots

Carrot Top Pesto or arugula pesto with fresh purple carrots


October- Cabbage, Pears

Pear Slaw


November- Kale

Kale salad with roasted delicata squash


December- Winter Squash

Sweet and sour roasted winter squash

How can you help?


Donate to expand the pilot Gorge-wide