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Local Food Programs and Organizations

National Programs and Organizations

American Community Gardening Association
ACGA is a bi-national, membership-based organization, that works to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening, urban forestry, preservation and management of open space, and integrated planning and management of developing urban and rural lands by facilitating networks, developing resources encouraging research, and conducting educational programs.

Food Routes
Food Routes Network is a national nonprofit organization that provides communications tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations nationwide that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems. Food Routes Network works in partnership with community organizations to provide support for implementation of “Buy Fresh Buy Local” campaigns through strengthening the partner organizations’ ability to plan effectively through access to innovative message research and communication tools.

Farmers Market Promotion Program
Agricultural Marketing Service — United States Department of Agriculture
The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers’ market authorities and Tribal governments are among those eligible to apply.

Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)
Rural Development — United States Department of Agriculture
The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program.

Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
Agricultural Marketing Service — United States Department of Agriculture
This page is dedicated to making information, locations, and resources on farmers markets available across the United States. The USDA National Farmers Market Directory, is designed to provide members of the public with convenient access to information about United States farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture — United States Department of Agriculture
NIFA funds community group projects that meet the food needs of low-income people, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs, and promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues. Funding is also available for projects that meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agriculture needs for infrastructure improvement and development, planning for long-term solutions, or the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers. Several million dollars in funding are available every year.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
United States Department of Agriculture
The SARE grants and education program advances agricultural innovation that promotes profitability; stewardship of the land, air, and water; and quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and their communities. This SARE website provides information on grants, educational resources, professional development opportunities, and more.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
United States Department of Agriculture
The KYF2 program works to strengthen the connections between farmers and consumers and support local food systems. KYF2 provides access to several tools and resources that focus on a variety of issues like farmers markets and food hubs, farm to school, and farm system and financing tools, food deserts, and more.

This nation-wide directory of grass-fed meat and dairy products by state links consumers to local farms.

National Good Food Network
Wallace Center — Winrock International
The Wallace Center — Winrock International is a leader at building networks of local foods researchers and practitioners. The Center hosts monthly webinars on a variety of local food topics that are focused on issues from directly supporting farmers with informational support and business advice, to addressing difficult problems and offering solutions to local food supply chain issues, to proposing alternative financing options. This is a link to the archives of webinars hosted by the Wallace Center.

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