The Economics of Local Food:

an Emerging Community of Practice

We are actively growing a new Community of Practice to help you and your community understand the ag and food enterprise viability, market dynamics and other key socio-economics metrics of local and regional food systems.

This project provides open-access tools and data to illustrate areas of need and opportunities to close equity gaps related to nutrition, food access, food system labor, and agriculture and food business ownership.

To better understand and inform regional approaches to food system governance, this project centers on the contributions and insight offered by participants in a community of practice that includes representatives from 11 regional councils. These councils reflect a diversity of approaches to regional food system work from across the United States.


About Local Food Economics

This website provides a gateway for you to explore work going on throughout the US on food systems, and it continues to grow. Please consider joining our Community as a team member, or by nominating your project that has created original research and/or outreach content in this area. (Follow the Getting Involved menu above)

This community of practice represents a virtual collection of emerging research, program evaluations and initiatives that seek to improve understanding of the complexities and economic potential of local and regional food systems, and their contributions to community and business development.

Through its support of the Toolkit , USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and its research partners have come to realize the importance and power of gathering community-based evidence that provide real-world illustrations of benefits associated with local food investments, while identifying the most appropriate and effective practices for advancing local food systems development. 

Programs and Initiatives

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Planning to open a shared kitchen? Get all of your questions answered, gain access to resources and networking at The Food Corridor’s Shared Kitchen 101 Workshop March 5th, leading up to InTents: The Farmers Market Conference 2023 @TheFoodCorridor
Vermont is hiring several positions! CDAE is a unique dept that includes disciplines often found in individual departments at land grants—applied and ag economics, communication, entrepreneurship, community centered design, and community and international development.
Local Food Systems COVID-19 Response Webinar Series will kick off on Friday, Sept 9th at 12:00 ET. The Data & Metrics Action Team will introduce their innovative new data explorer to improve capacity for data analysis and utilization. Register at:
Important new opportunity from our partners at the USDA Ag Marketing Service
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USDA AMS, Ohio State Univ, the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and Colorado State Univ invite you to be a part of a collaborative research project focused on food policy councils’ role in strengthening regional food systems. More info & apply at:
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