New Community and Local Food Resources Website Has Info for Communities, Large and Small
A SARE supported, tri-state collaboration has resulted in a new Community and Local Food Resources website to assist rural community food system development.
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.
The website brings together the following organizations:
· Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (UMN Extension)
· North Dakota State University Extension Service
· Buy Fresh Buy Local South Dakota
· FARRMS, a non-profit based in Medina, N.D.
“The release of this website coincides with the kick-off of a new season of farmers markets, CSAs and farm-to-institution programs,” said Greg Schweser, community food systems planner for the University of Minnesota Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.
Researchers worked with rural Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota communities to identify needs and meet them through the website’s tools and resources for farmers, community groups, Extension educators and others interested in local food systems. It will be useful to those working in local foods seeking production assistance, expanded marketing opportunities, developing stronger businesses, creating new sourcing options, educating citizens and crafting more beneficial public policies.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LNC10-320, Building Capacity for Local Foods Infrastructure Development.