Community-Based Food System Assessment and Planning

Mary Catherine Bargainer, Michelle Eley, Jonah Fogel, Susan Jakes, Seth Peery, Seb Prohn, Nicole Sanberg, Steve Smutko | 2011

With the help of a Southern SARE grant, researchers at Virginia Cooperative Extension and other students and faculty from North Carolina and Virginia Universities completed case studies around the Appalachian region to determine the various components of the food system that contribute to or interfere with its sustainability. They developed this guide, which helps communities conduct their own food system assessment and provides them with guidance on planning the development of a local food system.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.