A local food system or community food system serves the people in a geographical region from farm to fork. All the assets of a local food system are part of the community – including farmers, distributors, markets and consumers. Many of our local system assets have been lost from lack of use , consolidation, or regulation such as canneries or meat processors. The local food movement is working to revive these food system assets and bring today’s technology and innovation to a familiar way of buying food.
Also part of a local food system are the opportunities to address the social needs of the community including food insecure families, food deserts, food access, youth entrepreneurship, public health issues such as obesity and heart disease, food education, farm connection, community gardening and land access.
Virtual Farmers’ Market – where you can buy food and farm products from the farmers you know and trust in an online environment. Delivery and pickups are arranged
Farm to School – connecting school gardens and cafeteria chefs with local farmers. Students are learning about health, nutrition and food production – all integrated into their classroom lessons on science, art, literature, history and geography!
Food Hubs – aggregating and marketing local food to larger buyers. Food hubs enable small, mid-sized and larger farms to distribute product to larger buyers in a geographic region. The food hub aggregates the product according to what is available from the farms and what is purchased from the buyers; organizes, and delivers on behalf of the farmers.
How are you part of your local food system?