Growing Local

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This analysis shows the proportion of food production and direct marketing activity generated by farms in the most urban counties. Proximity to people and markets provides opportunities for farmers...
The 2016 Food Policy Council Report provides a summary of results from the 2016 Food Policy Council (FPC) survey, conducted annually since 2013, by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. The...
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...
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...
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...
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