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Red River Valley Food Assessment Research Results - Superior Food Web
Like the Western Lake Superior foodshed analysis this research project analyzed the theoretical ability of the Red River Valley Region of Minnesota and North Dakota to provide its dietary requirements from its own farms. Research results concluded that the region could feed itself a healthy diet a fraction of the farmland currently available. These studies show the great potential for local food systems and provide your community with good examples of the possibilities.

Foodshed Analysis and its Relevance to Sustainability - Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
This article explores the variety of concerns in relying too heavily on large scale food operations. We need to know where food is coming from and where it might come from.

Mapping Potential Foodsheds in New York State: A Spatial Model for Evaluating the Capacity to Localize Food Production -Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
This theoretical foodshed analysis demonstrates the degree to which New York State could feed itself with its own agricultural lands. Although challenged with arbitrary state borders and the large outlier of New York City, it was the first of its kind to analyze the agricultural potential for local self-reliance.

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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