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What's a Food Charter

Food charters drive visions, actions, and strategies for civically engaged food systems.

Food charters drive visions, actions, and strategies for civically engaged food systems. Michigan’s Good Food Charter is the first statewide charter in the nation. Minnesota has completed one as well. Both charters highlight what state, county, city, and town levels of government can do to stimulate access to healthy foods for all. Whether it’s promoting local investment through microloans, starting a networked system of food policy councils, driving efforts to preserve rural grocery stores, promoting food coops, or creating policies that support urban agriculture – a charter recommends to decision makers at all levels of government where they put their efforts.

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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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