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Ruth Porter story about her experiences living in Garibaldi, Oregon won an honorable mention in the 2009 "Life in Rural Oregon Communities" Story Competition.
The Old Swede’s Boarding House won Chuck Bolsinger 2nd place in the 2009 "Life in Rural Oregon Communities" Story Competition. Bolsinger worked as a field supervisor in this Lake County community.
Learn more about what a community is and how various attributes or characteristics of communities interact by exploring the Community Model. Presentation developed by Lena Etuk, Oregon State University Rural Studies Program.
Nancy Burch and Noni Andersen's story, Vernonia: Rising Over Adversity about local residents keeping the community of Vernonia going through hard times won 1st place in the 2009 "Life in Rural Oregon Communities" Story Competition.
Loreen Allen's personal account, Life on a Lookout won 3rd place in the 2009 "Life in Rural Oregon Communities" Story Competition.
Bruce Sorte, Paul Lewin and Pamela Opfer. Oregon State University Extension Service. Rural Studies Program, February 2011.
 This study links 15% of Oregon's economy to agriculture, despite both a declining number of farms and farmland acreage.
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