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Affordable Local Food

While many assume that local food is expensive, this does not have to be the case. Discover the many ways local foods can be more affordable. Learn how to save at farmers markets, preserve garden produce or foods bought in bulk, start a community garden, and encourage farmers markets to accept SNAP benefits.

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WIC, EBT, SNAP & Local Foods
How public programs for low-income people (i.e., WIC, EBT, and SNAP) are used to improve access to local foods.

Making Local Foods Affordable
Local foods at the farmers market that are in-season are affordable.

Local Food at the Food Shelf
Creative people are finding ways to get excess local produce to the food shelf.

Where are you in the process?

Click on the tab for targeted resources on this topic, or see all of the resources.

Affordability Tips | Community Gardens | Home Production and Preservation | Local Food at Food Shelves | Public Assistance Programs

Affordability Tips

10 Farmers Market Shopping Tips
about.com
This consumer site teaches you how to get the best out of your farmers market. Sometimes the best deals are at closing time because farmers don’t want to haul produce back home. Also find preserving tips, recipes, and related links to explore.

How to Save Money at a Farmers’ Market
wikiHow
This site lists seven ways to save money at your local farmers’ market.

Food Prices
Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
This organization seeks to identify mechanisms to support a lower cost healthy diet without imposing regressive taxes. When unhealthy foods are lower-priced per calorie than healthy foods, it presents a conundrum for policy makers. This site contains many related resources on obesity, food politics, and legislation.

Making Healthy Food Affordable and Accessible
Let’s Move
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign provides actions that cities and towns can take to provide better access to affordable and healthy food options.

The Farmers’ Market Myth
The Atlantic
This article examines recent research that compared prices at farmers markets with supermarkets and discusses the myth about high prices at farmers markets.

Community Gardens

American Community Gardening Association
This website provides extensive resources for community gardens including existing research, funding opportunities, tools, training, and resources for engaging youth. It also provides the ability to connect to other gardeners and community garden advocates through ACGA membership.

Kitchen Gardeners International
This site provides great resource for gardeners. Learn about everything from composting to preserving. The site includes lots of recipes and ideas for getting the most out of your garden.

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Minnesota Food Share; University of Minnesota's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and College of Design
This manual was designed for the Bemidji Food Shelf as an instruction and resource guide for intensive gardening with the intended purpose of supplying fresh, healthy produce for populations in need. This manual is applicable for both food shelves looking to expand into a gardening program, and for community gardeners looking for tips to maximize production.

Home Production and Preservation

Preserving and Preparing
University of Minnesota Extension
This website is a veritable hub of information on food preservation. Information provided for multiple methods including canning, freezing, drying, and more. Information is also available in mini-modules, FAQs, videos, and courses. This site provides good information for safely making added value products for your local foods markets and for educating local foods consumers.

National Center for Home Food Preservation
The University of Georgia
This website contains lots of excellent resources for preserving many types of food. The site also includes information on canning, freezing, fermenting, curing and smoking, and more.

Local Food at Food Shelves

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Minnesota Food Share; University of Minnesota's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and College of Design
This manual was designed for the Bemidji Food Shelf as an instruction and resource guide for intensive gardening with the intended purpose of supplying fresh, healthy produce for populations in need. This manual is applicable for both food shelves looking to expand into a gardening program, and for community gardeners looking for tips to maximize production.

Food Bank Farm
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
This innovative farm CSA program is a partnership between a food bank. The food bank owns and leases land to the farm and collects 100,000 pounds of fresh food as payment.

Gleaning and Food Recovery as Tools to Reconnect at the Local Level
Slow Movement
This website explains gleaning and food recovery and provides some tips for starting up such a program.

Public Assistance Programs

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Approved Food Lists
Check out these lists to see how your home state has added fresh fruit and vegetables to the approved food items for this federal program. Use this information to support your sale of local foods to grocery stores that administers WIC.
Minnesota | North Dakota | South Dakota | National

Learn How You Can Accept SNAP Benefits at Farmers' Markets
Food and Nutrition Service — United States Department of Agriculture
This website is the go-to resource for farmers’ markets seeking to accept SNAP and EBT benefits. Provides step-by-step instructions to guide you through the application process for being licensed to accept SNAP benefits and becoming a part of the EBT Scrip Project. The site also serves as a resource center for farmers markets that accept SNAP or EBT benefits.

Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP)
Wholesome Wave
The Double Value Coupon Program matches federal SNAP and WIC benefits for farmers market purchases providing incentives for people to buy fresh local food. This site provides more information about this program.

Affordability Tips | Community Gardens | Home Production and Preservation | Local Food at Food Shelves | Public Assistance Programs

Affordability Tips

10 Farmers Market Shopping Tips
about.com
This consumer site teaches you how to get the best out of your farmers market. Sometimes the best deals are at closing time because farmers don’t want to haul produce back home. Also find preserving tips, recipes, and related links to explore.

How to Save Money at a Farmers’ Market
wikiHow
This site lists seven ways to save money at your local farmers’ market.

Food Prices
Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
This organization seeks to identify mechanisms to support a lower cost healthy diet without imposing regressive taxes. When unhealthy foods are lower-priced per calorie than healthy foods, it presents a conundrum for policy makers. This site contains many related resources on obesity, food politics, and legislation.

Making Healthy Food Affordable and Accessible
Let’s Move
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign provides actions that cities and towns can take to provide better access to affordable and healthy food options.

Community Gardens

American Community Gardening Association
This website provides extensive resources for community gardens including existing research, funding opportunities, tools, training, and resources for engaging youth. It also provides the ability to connect to other gardeners and community garden advocates through ACGA membership.

Kitchen Gardeners International
This site provides great resource for gardeners. Learn about everything from composting to preserving. The site includes lots of recipes and ideas for getting the most out of your garden.

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Minnesota Food Share; University of Minnesota's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and College of Design
This manual was designed for the Bemidji Food Shelf as an instruction and resource guide for intensive gardening with the intended purpose of supplying fresh, healthy produce for populations in need. This manual is applicable for both food shelves looking to expand into a gardening program, and for community gardeners looking for tips to maximize production.

Home Production and Preservation

National Center for Home Food Preservation
The University of Georgia
This website contains lots of excellent resources for preserving many types of food. The site also includes information on canning, freezing, fermenting, curing and smoking, and more.

Local Food at Food Shelves

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Minnesota Food Share; University of Minnesota's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and College of Design
This manual was designed for the Bemidji Food Shelf as an instruction and resource guide for intensive gardening with the intended purpose of supplying fresh, healthy produce for populations in need. This manual is applicable for both food shelves looking to expand into a gardening program, and for community gardeners looking for tips to maximize production.

Food Bank Farm
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
This innovative farm CSA program is a partnership between a food bank. The food bank owns and leases land to the farm and collects 100,000 pounds of fresh food as payment.

Gleaning and Food Recovery as Tools to Reconnect at the Local Level
Slow Movement
This website explains gleaning and food recovery and provides some tips for starting up such a program.

Public Assistance Programs

Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP)
Wholesome Wave
The Double Value Coupon Program matches federal SNAP and WIC benefits for farmers market purchases providing incentives for people to buy fresh local food. This site provides more information about this program.

Affordability Tips | Community Gardens | Home Production and Preservation | Local Food at Food Shelves | Public Assistance Programs

Affordability Tips

10 Farmers Market Shopping Tips
about.com
This consumer site teaches you how to get the best out of your farmers market. Sometimes the best deals are at closing time because farmers don’t want to haul produce back home. Also find preserving tips, recipes, and related links to explore.

How to Save Money at a Farmers’ Market
wikiHow
This site lists seven ways to save money at your local farmers’ market.

Food Prices
Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
This organization seeks to identify mechanisms to support a lower cost healthy diet without imposing regressive taxes. When unhealthy foods are lower-priced per calorie than healthy foods, it presents a conundrum for policy makers. This site contains many related resources on obesity, food politics, and legislation.

Making Healthy Food Affordable and Accessible
Let’s Move
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign provides actions that cities and towns can take to provide better access to affordable and healthy food options.

The Farmers’ Market Myth
The Atlantic
This article examines recent research that compared prices at farmers markets with supermarkets and discusses the myth about high prices at farmers markets.

Community Gardens

American Community Gardening Association
This website provides extensive resources for community gardens including existing research, funding opportunities, tools, training, and resources for engaging youth. It also provides the ability to connect to other gardeners and community garden advocates through ACGA membership.

Kitchen Gardeners International
This site provides great resource for gardeners. Learn about everything from composting to preserving. The site includes lots of recipes and ideas for getting the most out of your garden.

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Minnesota Food Share; University of Minnesota's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and College of Design
This manual was designed for the Bemidji Food Shelf as an instruction and resource guide for intensive gardening with the intended purpose of supplying fresh, healthy produce for populations in need. This manual is applicable for both food shelves looking to expand into a gardening program, and for community gardeners looking for tips to maximize production.

Home Production and Preservation

Preserving and Preparing
University of Minnesota Extension
This website is a veritable hub of information on food preservation. Information provided for multiple methods including canning, freezing, drying, and more. Information is also available in mini-modules, FAQs, videos, and courses. This site provides good information for safely making added value products for your local foods markets and for educating local foods consumers.

National Center for Home Food Preservation
The University of Georgia
This website contains lots of excellent resources for preserving many types of food. The site also includes information on canning, freezing, fermenting, curing and smoking, and more.

Local Food at Food Shelves

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Minnesota Food Share; University of Minnesota's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and College of Design
This manual was designed for the Bemidji Food Shelf as an instruction and resource guide for intensive gardening with the intended purpose of supplying fresh, healthy produce for populations in need. This manual is applicable for both food shelves looking to expand into a gardening program, and for community gardeners looking for tips to maximize production.

Food Bank Farm
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
This innovative farm CSA program is a partnership between a food bank. The food bank owns and leases land to the farm and collects 100,000 pounds of fresh food as payment.

Gleaning and Food Recovery as Tools to Reconnect at the Local Level
Slow Movement
This website explains gleaning and food recovery and provides some tips for starting up such a program.

Public Assistance Programs

Learn How You Can Accept SNAP Benefits at Farmers' Markets
Food and Nutrition Service — United States Department of Agriculture
This website is the go-to resource for farmers’ markets seeking to accept SNAP and EBT benefits. Provides step-by-step instructions to guide you through the application process for being licensed to accept SNAP benefits and becoming a part of the EBT Scrip Project. The site also serves as a resource center for farmers markets that accept SNAP or EBT benefits.

Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP)
Wholesome Wave
The Double Value Coupon Program matches federal SNAP and WIC benefits for farmers market purchases providing incentives for people to buy fresh local food. This site provides more information about this program.

Affordability Tips | Community Gardens | Home Production and Preservation | Local Food at Food Shelves | Public Assistance Programs

Affordability Tips

10 Farmers Market Shopping Tips
about.com
This consumer site teaches you how to get the best out of your farmers market. Sometimes the best deals are at closing time because farmers don’t want to haul produce back home. Also find preserving tips, recipes, and related links to explore.

How to Save Money at a Farmers’ Market
wikiHow
This site lists seven ways to save money at your local farmers’ market.

Food Prices
Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
This organization seeks to identify mechanisms to support a lower cost healthy diet without imposing regressive taxes. When unhealthy foods are lower-priced per calorie than healthy foods, it presents a conundrum for policy makers. This site contains many related resources on obesity, food politics, and legislation.

Making Healthy Food Affordable and Accessible
Let’s Move
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign provides actions that cities and towns can take to provide better access to affordable and healthy food options.

The Farmers’ Market Myth
The Atlantic
This article examines recent research that compared prices at farmers markets with supermarkets and discusses the myth about high prices at farmers markets.

Community Gardens

American Community Gardening Association
This website provides extensive resources for community gardens including existing research, funding opportunities, tools, training, and resources for engaging youth. It also provides the ability to connect to other gardeners and community garden advocates through ACGA membership.

Kitchen Gardeners International
This site provides great resource for gardeners. Learn about everything from composting to preserving. The site includes lots of recipes and ideas for getting the most out of your garden.

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Minnesota Food Share; University of Minnesota's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and College of Design
This manual was designed for the Bemidji Food Shelf as an instruction and resource guide for intensive gardening with the intended purpose of supplying fresh, healthy produce for populations in need. This manual is applicable for both food shelves looking to expand into a gardening program, and for community gardeners looking for tips to maximize production.

Home Production and Preservation

Preserving and Preparing
University of Minnesota Extension
This website is a veritable hub of information on food preservation. Information provided for multiple methods including canning, freezing, drying, and more. Information is also available in mini-modules, FAQs, videos, and courses. This site provides good information for safely making added value products for your local foods markets and for educating local foods consumers.

National Center for Home Food Preservation
The University of Georgia
This website contains lots of excellent resources for preserving many types of food. The site also includes information on canning, freezing, fermenting, curing and smoking, and more.

Local Food at Food Shelves

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Minnesota Food Share; University of Minnesota's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and College of Design
This manual was designed for the Bemidji Food Shelf as an instruction and resource guide for intensive gardening with the intended purpose of supplying fresh, healthy produce for populations in need. This manual is applicable for both food shelves looking to expand into a gardening program, and for community gardeners looking for tips to maximize production.

Food Bank Farm
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
This innovative farm CSA program is a partnership between a food bank. The food bank owns and leases land to the farm and collects 100,000 pounds of fresh food as payment.

Public Assistance Programs

Learn How You Can Accept SNAP Benefits at Farmers' Markets
Food and Nutrition Service — United States Department of Agriculture
This website is the go-to resource for farmers’ markets seeking to accept SNAP and EBT benefits. Provides step-by-step instructions to guide you through the application process for being licensed to accept SNAP benefits and becoming a part of the EBT Scrip Project. The site also serves as a resource center for farmers markets that accept SNAP or EBT benefits.

Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP)
Wholesome Wave
The Double Value Coupon Program matches federal SNAP and WIC benefits for farmers market purchases providing incentives for people to buy fresh local food. This site provides more information about this program.

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