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General Tools & Resources on Local Food Systems

  • Building Local and Regional Food Systems, SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) Topic Brief
  • Community Food Systems Toolkit, University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems Topic RoomSARE
  • Food Value Chains: Creating Shared Value to Enhance Marketing Success
    Diamond, A., Tropp, D., Barham, J., Muldoon, M. F., Kiraly, S. and Cantrell, P. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, May 2014.
    A new model of organization is beginning to pop up in the agribusiness sector that seeks to merge social mission objectives with core business operating principles. Known as food value chains, these business arrangements are distinguished by their commitment to transparency, collaborative business planning and exchange of market intelligence and business knowhow among chain partners, and their interest in developing business strategies and solutions that yield tangible benefits to each participant in the system.
  • Comparing the Structure, Size, and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains 
    King, R.P., et al. Economic Research Report No. (ERR-99), June 2010. “A series of coordinated case studies compares the structure, size, and performance of local food supply chains with those of mainstream supply chains.”
  • Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
    U.S. Department of Agriculture tools that allow you to “learn about how USDA and our federal partners support local and regional food economies; see communities putting these resources to work; and explore the map to find out what’s happening near you.”
  • Food System Glossary of Terms 
    Wiki developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development with the objective of presenting “a comprehensive guide to food systems and agricultural development–related terms.”
  • Local Food Systems
    Project of the Agroecosystems Management Program of The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and many collaborators in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. “Helping entrepreneurs work together to grow businesses rooted in agriculture.”
  • Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts, and Issues
    Economic Research Service, USDA, 2010. “This comprehensive overview of local food systems explores alternative definitions of local food, estimates market size and reach, describes the characteristics of local consumers and producers, and examines early indications of the economic and health impacts of local food systems.”
  • National Incubator Farm Training Initiative

Research, Data, and Annotated Bibliographies

NC Growing Together

Urban Agriculture