Local Food: Strong Communities

Local Food: Strong Communities

Local Food: Strong Communities

Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems

A local food system is only as strong as its surrounding communities. The links below provide in-depth information on how to address community needs as you grow a local food system.

Farm Labor | Healthy People | Underserved and Urban Communities

Local Food: Strong Communities: Farm Labor

Agripreneur Training Program Materials


Materials developed to train Latino immigrants interested in starting a free-range poultry business. Incluye el currículo en español.

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Cheshire Labor and Infrastructure Needs Assessment


Research in Cheshire County, NH to determine how to promote the economic viability of local farmers.

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Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers in the North Central Region


With support from an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, Betrand Farm developed 24 educational PowerPoint modules that can serve as an internship curriculum for food farmers in the North Central region.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Beyond Basic Compensation (an ATTRA publication)

Positive Practices in Farm Labor Management (an ATTRA publication)

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Local Food: Strong Communities: Healthy People

Accepting Bridge Cards at Michigan Farmers Markets


This resource manual will help farmers markets decide if they should accept food assistance benefits. If they decide to become an authorized SNAP retailer, it will help implement this food assistance program. 

Cooperative Extension Farm to School Resources


Farm to School resources available from ASAP in North Carolina.

Edible Avalon Curriculum


This summer program curriculum teaches youth about local food systems and sustainable agriculture.  

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Farm to Hospital Toolkit


Tools farmers and hospitals can use to increase direct hospital purchases from local producers.

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Farm to School Training Toolkit


Resources for ag educators and community leaders who are starting a farm to school program.

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REAP Farm to School Website


The REAP Farm to School program aims to "connect children, farms, and food."

Vermont Food Education Every Day


Includes guides for farmers and food service personnel working to increase local food in schools.

Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Center for a Livable Future (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

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Local Food: Strong Communities: Underserved and Urban Communities

Bridging the Gap Between Low-Income Consumers and Local Farmers


Lessons learned from The Neighborhood Market, a program where community members buy locally grown produce at a lower price.

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How-to-Guide for Aspiring Urban Micro-Agricultural Entrepreneurs


Created for city residents who want to increase their access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. 

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Plain Language Guides for New and Under-Served Producers


These plain language guides cover topics such as farm financing, accessing government programs, harvest practices and marketing. The plain language format makes this material accessible to beginning farmers, immigrants and other under-served audiences.

The Baltimore Farm Alliance


Lessons learned while building a farm alliance in Baltimore, MD.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Urban Agriculture-Best Practices and Possibilities (University of Missouri Extension)

Urban Agriculture resource database from RUAF (Resource Centers on Urban Agriculture & Food Security)

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Product specs
Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2013
How to order

Availability varies by resource (many are accessible for free online). See individual resources for more information.


City Backyard Farming 

Xe Susane Moua runs City Backyard Farming, LLC, an urban CSA (community supported agriculture) operation in St. Paul, MN. Susane received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant for City Backyard Farming in 2008. 

Andrea Godshalk5 (NC-LW)

Interested in using high tunnels and other season extension techniques to increase local food sales?

Check out the High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques Topic Room.

Are you an ag educator or farmer interested in sharing a SARE Topic Room at an event? Consider using this one-page flyer (PDF) or the four-page topic brief, Building Local and Regional Food Systems.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is a USDA-wide effort to share information about grants, loans, tools, resources and stories related to local and regional food systems.