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Local Food System Supply Chain

A local food supply chain represents all processes involved in the movement of local foods from the farm to the consumer, including marketing, markets, distribution, aggregation, processing, packaging, purchasing, preparation, resource recovery, and waste disposal. 

The Supply Chain Sector links below will direct you to resources, tools and programs on each of the specific topics.

Additionally, a new model of organizing, known as food value chains, is also gaining traction in the agribusiness sector. In 2014, the USDA released a report on value chains titled, Food Value Chains: Creating Shared Value To Enhance Marketing Success.

Supply Chain Sectors

Find resources on the various sectors of the supply chain by clicking on a topic below.

Local Food Production Distribution and Aggregation Food Processing Marketing and Market Dev Purchasing Prep and Consumption Resource and Waste Recovery


Local Food Production

Local Food Distribution & Aggregation 

Local Food Processing 

Marketing Local Food

Local Food Markets & Purchasing

Preparation & Consumption 

Resource & Waste Recovery