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  • Jul 01, 2015 Tapping into the Economic Potential of Local Food Through Local Foods, Local Places
  • Cross-posted from the White House Rural Council blog: At USDA, we understand the enormous market potential of local food. Industry estimates suggest that local food sales in America have nearly doubled in recent years, jumping from $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014. We’ve invested more than $800 million in 29,100 local and [...]

  • Jun 30, 2015 Big Data for Small Producers – USDA Market News Now Covers 85 Farmers Markets
  • Farmers markets are an important part of local and regional food systems.  Nationwide, 150,000 farmers and ranchers are selling their products directly to consumers to meet the growing demand for local food.  Many sell their products at farmers markets, which can be a catalyst for future growth.  According to USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, there [...]

  • Jun 30, 2015 Urban Garden Tackles Hunger, Boosts Nutrition
  • One high tunnel can’t feed the world, but it can make a world of difference in providing fresh fruits and vegetables to those with limited access to healthy foods. These plastic covered structures use natural sunlight to create more favorable conditions for vegetables and specialty crops. And for the 31st Street Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., [...]

  • Jun 26, 2015 Behind the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative: Matt Russell
  • “The term ‘farm to school’ involves thinking of the whole plate, so to speak. It’s about increasing the amount of local and regional foods served in school cafeterias while also increasing education and community outreach for kids, and creating market opportunities for producers.” So says Matt Russell, Grant Program Manager for the Farm to School [...]

  • Jun 25, 2015 Feed Thy Neighbor: South LA Youth Use Neighborhood Gardens to Educate, Better Community Health
  • It began with the desire of a group of South Los Angeles high school students to increase access to more effective nutrition education at their school.  They started small—a monthly guest speaker, bags of veggies, cutting boards, and nutrition education. Now, their efforts have blossomed and manifested into RootDownLA, a community food project operating in [...]


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