Local/Regional Foods

Local food is food that is grown within a reasonable distance from where it is eaten. Exactly how local food is defined is as varied as the consumers that buy it. The commonality amongst local food consumers is a commitment to purchase food that ensures social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Buying local food reduces the number of "food miles" between farm and plate, and helps to keep agricultural profits in the local economy.


Frequently Asked Questions on Food Regulations for Small Market Food Producers, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture 

Learning About Local: a Resource Guide to Iowa Organizations and Programs Supporting Local and Regional Food Systems, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Sustaining Local Food Systems

There are many local and national funding sources that have been utilized to develop community-based local food systems. The following list of “Best Practices” and "Case Studies" were developed from a North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Policy project that looked at how seven local food systems programs in the Midwest sought and utilized alternative funding to support their programs and projects.

Organizations Involved in Local/Regional Foods

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