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.
Organizations Involved in Local/Regional Foods
- Beginning Farmer Program - Beginning farmers may be at early stages of their working life, mid-career, or retired from another occupation. No matter the path to a farming business or the type of farm enterprises involved, good information is important for the success of these new start-ups. The VAA Program has compiled resources to assist new producers in their efforts.
- Buy Fresh, Buy Local - organized through Practical Farmers of Iowa
- Drake University Agricultural Law Center
- Iowa State University Local Foods Team
- Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
- Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
- Produce Food Safety
Resources and Links