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What is Local Food

Farmers MarketThere are many reasons why people purchase local food. Does one of the following statements sound like you?

    - I want the freshest and best tasting food possible.
    - I am concerned about the distance that food typically travels before reaching my plate.
    - In purchasing food from local farmers I know and trust, I hope to better ensure that  sustainable growing practices will be utilized.
    - I want to support the businesses of my local farmers and support local economies and diversified local agriculture.

If so, then local food is for you!

This introductory section provides general resources, describes foodsheds, defines local food, and discusses economic benefits of local food. It is a great place to begin if you're interested in starting a local food community in your area.

Click on the following links to learn more:

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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