When we build robust regional food systems, we are building strong, resilient, and interconnected communities. Regional food systems are collective hubs of food production, processing, distribution, and consumption that strengthen regional environmental, economic, and social health. Regional food systems are forming in the development of strong procurement opportunities through food hubs and farm-to-school programs and is evident in the development of mobile slaughter and small-scale food processing opportunities across the state.
However, building regional food systems extends beyond food procurement and processing; this work strives to build connection and community among all food system stakeholders — from food chain workers and consumers to farmers and our public officials who make decisions that dictate the contours of our region’s economy and landscape.
At the federal, state, and local level, the Land Stewardship Project is committed to bringing communities together to advocate for and implement policies that build robust regional food systems and recognize all regional food system stakeholders. This work includes leveraging state grant programs to build infrastructure for local foods processing and crafting federal policies that dismantle corporate control of the food system so that small businesses remain viable and nourish all community members. We hope you will join us in this long-term regional community building work.