Growing Local

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This report is organized into twelve sections corresponding to the initiatives outlined in Strategies for Sustainability. For each of the initiatives, the Vision is that articulated by the California...
Food can be viewed through the lenses of homeland security, emergency preparedness and human services, private industry and business, environmental stewardship, land use, and public utility, among...
This guide was formulated in response to the recent growth in the number of new local food policy councils, with these food policy councils intended as our main audience. However, this toolkit should...
Growing Local was written to help communities remove barriers and advance solutions to sustain local agriculture and strengthen community food systems. It draws upon extensive research of local...
This comprehensive overview of local food systems explores alternative definitions of local food, estimates market size and reach, describes the characteristics of local consumers and producers, and...
In 2012, the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conducted a comprehensive national survey on local...
The Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan was accepted by the MA Food Policy Council on December 10, 2015. The plan is designed to increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown...
With support from the Healthy Eating Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, APA’s Planning and Community Health Research Center conducted a multiphase research study to identify and...
Food is a sustaining and enduring necessity. Yet among the basic essentials for life — air, water, shelter, and food — only food has been absent over the years as a focus of serious professional...
Although most of the Sacramento region’s 2.3 million residents live in and work in urban job centers, the region spans an extraordinary range of landscapes. From farming communities to historic...
With Seattle’s population expected to grow by 100,000 people over the next 20 years, it is important to identify ways to ensure that everyone in Seattle is able to participate in a food system that...
The Local Food System Toolkit was developed by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to help communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems...
The Multnomah Food Action Plan builds upon the existing work of the community by providing a roadmap with a shared community vision and shared goals. This Plan is also a call to action and identifies...
This report provides an overview of local and regional food systems across several dimensions. It details the latest economic information on local food producers, consumers, and policy, relying on...
This Guide is aimed at informing and supporting the development of Community Food Assessments as a tool for increasing community food security and creating positive change