Family farms are essential to a strong, healthy community.

Economic

4x the jobs and greater market resiliency

  • Compared to non-local, sales in local food support 4x the jobs. 
  • Domestic production and local markets create a more resilient future food system (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

 

Environmental

sustainability through stewardship

  • Industrial agriculture is the biggest source of pollution to lakes and rivers in the United States, and the global food system is responsible for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • More than half of all U.S. crop land harvested is corn and soy. Monoculture farms are more dependent on chemical fertilizers, while small and diversified farms more often use sustainable practices. (World Future Council, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Health

Widespread access to real food

  • Americans spend 90% of their food budget on processed foods, a major contributor to diet and weight related illnesses 
  • Sufficient access to fresh fruits and vegetables is lacking in many communities. Small farms selling locally help alleviate the national problem of food deserts. (Fast Food Nation)

Social

reconnecting to our food

  • Restoring the connection between farmers and the public is essential to long-term change in our food system. Direct market sales promote communication between growers and eater about the challenges facing sustainable small farming. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)