Community Food Systems

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A food system includes everything from farm to table. For general resources and information on community food systems scroll down this page. For specific topics and resources go to:

A Primer on Community Food Systems: Linking Food, Nutrition and Agriculture (PDF | 133 KB)

Cornell University. Division of Nutritional Sciences. Discovering the Food System.

Provides a general overview of community food systems as well as the goals, elements, and actions necessary to support and strengthen the system.

Farm Agriculture and Food Systems

Sustainable Communities Online.

Provides a list of resources on whole systems approaches to sustainable agriculture.

Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Provides a toolkit of standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security. July 2002.

Farmers Markets and Direct-to-Consumer Marketing

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Find publications and resources for direct marketing, farm to school, and Marketing Service reports and studies.

Food Circles Networking Project

University of Missouri. Food Circles Networking Project.

Promotes the consumption of regionally grown food to support and maintain local farms.



An organization dedicated to the promotion of adequate food security through community based programs.

Hartford Food System

Hartford Food System.

Promotes policies and programs to improve sustainable agriculture, increase food security, and improve nutrition for Connecticut residents.

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Just Food.

Promotes new food growing and marketing opportunities in the New York City area.

FoodRoutes Network.

Promotes locally grown foods and provides resources for rebuilding local food systems.

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The Food Trust.

Promotes healthy lifestyles through improved access to nutritious foods, education, and advocacy.