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:



Farm Agriculture and Food Systems

Sustainable Communities Online.

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


USDA ERS logo Community Food Security

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Defines community food security and provides research and tools for understanding a local food system. See also:


Cornell University logo Discovering the Food System

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

An experiential learning program that explores the relationships between the food system, a community, and its people.


Farmers Markets Direct to Consumer logo Farmers Markets and Direct-to-Consumer Marketing

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

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


FoodRoutes logo FoodRoutes Network

FoodRoutes Network.

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


Food Share logo FoodShare

FoodShare.

Promotes community based programs that work toward food security.


Just Food logo Just Food

Just Food.

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


The Food Trust logo The Food Trust

The Food Trust.

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