Working together for community change
Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. 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. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.
Food hubs are sprouting up in all corners of Minnesota as people seek to create the infrastructure needed to scale up local food production and distribution. This Local Food Digest documents all of the known food hubs in Greater Minnesota. Please contact us with additions! View PDF
A guidebook for designing and building a cold-climate greenhouse. More
Introduction to Local Food
Consumer interest in local food is growing. Find out about the local food movement and identify resources for farmers and organizations looking to get involved.
What is Local Food? | The Business of Local Food Production
Local Food Policy
Local policy and regulations impact local food. Learn how to advocate for change and use innovative strategies to support local food.
How Policy Can Affect Local Food | Impacting Local Food Policy in Your Community | Regulations that Impact Local Food Production
Local food can be affordable. Discover how to save at farmers markets, start a community garden, preserve garden produce or bulk foods, and encourage farmers markets to accept public assistance.
Marketing Local Food
Many farmers are good at growing and producing quality products. Fewer are excellent marketers. Enhance your marketing and reach for increased profits, diversified farming businesses, and lasting customer relationships. How to Market Your Products | Selling to Institutions and Retail | Food Hub Resources
Even the most skilled producers need information to help them succeed. Locate resources on season extension, Extension services, good agricultural practices, safe food handling, and more. Resources useful for home gardeners as well as commercial producers.
Producers who scale up to larger markets may need Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification. Get the facts on certification and build a food safety plan to maximize product quality and protect farm businesses and customers.
Effective local food organizations need to have strong organizational capacity and structure. Find out how to engage supporters, form coalitions, implement projects, and develop program leaders to keep your program strong in the future.
Local Food Programs and Organizations
Many programs and organizations help producers, retailers, and consumers with local food issues. Connect with another program or organization to help advance your own efforts. Minnesota | North Dakota | South Dakota | National
Is it profitable? University of Wisconsin Plattville resource.
Consumer price perspective. Summary report from Iowa State University.