Resources for local food coordinators

Beginning Local Food Coordinator Toolkit. Developed by FFED staff to help new local food coordinators build a successful program. Includes checklists for coordinators and their supervisors.

Promoting local foods Find resources to demonstrate to your community, representatives, consumers, etc., that local foods is the way to go.

Community development and design Community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.

Food hubs Food hubs provide important services for small and mid-sized farmers by marketing local products, brokering volume sales, coordinating distribution logistics, and helping producers meet industry requirements in areas such as food safety and packaging. Find information about food hubs and the current research we are doing.

Local foods and health Healthy eating is key to healthy living. Find resources on health and nutrition related to local foods.

Youth Learn more about curricula and programs geared towards youth.

Economic impacts of local foods Find relevant data and information on the economic impacts of local foods.

Policies and regulations Find out more about local foods-related policies and regulations. Learn how you can change them to support local foods, urban farming, produce aggregation, farmers markets, etc. in your city/county/state.

Grants and other funding opportunities Looking to start a local food business or processing facility? How about a school garden? As local food systems continue to develop, community leaders need access to capital to start or sustain their efforts. The good news is, there are funding options available. If you are looking for additional funding resources specifically targeted at local food producers you can find resources here.

Measurement and evaluation Evaluating your local food system programs and projects is important (if not necessary!) for several reasons including program/project improvement and impact demonstration. Find useful tools and resources here.

Publications Click for a list of our research-based publications and toolkits that can support your work.

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