Tag Archives: Local Food

Planning for Profitable Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems

How can local and state governments take stock of their rural resource-based industries, assess where these industries are headed, and determine how to support local farm-to-table commerce? Two recent studies in Maryland examine these questions and explain why planners throughout the country should care about these issues. In this webinar, Joe Tassone (of the Maryland Department of Planning) and Greg Bowen (of Land Stewardship Solutions) will discuss “The Future of Sustainable Farming and Forestry in Maryland” (also the name of... Read more

Scaling Small-Batch Food Production in Cities: Land Use Lessons from Incubator Kitchens and Manufacturers in Boston, DC, NYC

​Food production is an industry cluster that can thrive in every city; however, while many cities have sufficient shared kitchen space for nascent small-batch producers, many of them are unable to find affordable space once they’re ready to scale their business. As these businesses are ready to grow, we must identify best practices to help keep real estate accessible and affordable to keep small and growing food and beverage producers—and the jobs they create—in cities. This webinar from the Urban... Read more

As Communities Evolve, Public City Markets Strive to Remain Relevant

F​aced with slim profit margins and new competition, Baltimore’s public market operators are refocusing on the roles these institutions were always intended to play: serving their neighborhoods with healthful, accessible foods, and supporting local entrepreneurs. Read more... Read more

Local Food Promotion Program

USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants. Applications due March 27. Learn more and apply... Read more

Farmers Market Promotion Program

The purpose of USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Applications due March 27. Learn... Read more

‘Agrihood’ Project Focuses on Farm-to-Table in Detroit

Detroit officials announced a partnership that will help transform a long-vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe to anchor its growing agricultural campus. The project is being touted as the nation’s first urban “agrihood,” an alternative neighborhood that’s built around the farm-to-table model featured mainly in rural and suburban settings. Read more... Read more
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