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Local, Regional & Safe Foods Unit logoSustainable Community and Local Food Systems

The farm to table movement is growing in Arkansas. Many communities have created farmers markets, established community gardens, started serving farm fresh food in school cafeterias and more. Arkansas is seeing an increased interests in sustainable agriculture and locally grown foods. A growing number of farms are producing a wide variety of locally produced vegetables, fruits, grain, nuts, seeds and livestock. 

What is a Sustainable Community Food System?

A sustainable food system is one that provides healthy food to meet current needs while maintaining healthy ecosystems that can also provide food for generations to come with minimal negative impact to the environment.

A sustainable food system encourages local production and distribution infrastructures and makes nutritious food available, accessible and affordable to all. Further, it is humane and just, protecting farmers and other workers, consumers and communities.

- American Public Health Association

Upcoming Events

Local Foods Open Space Discussions

Join us for a periodic open space discussion with the local foods community. We invite farms, food stands, farmers markets, CSA's, small grocers, cottage food businesses, farm-to-school programs, restaurants, pop-up food shops and other food businesses to attend. The sessions will start with a short presentation on a relevant topic followed by an open discussion and Q&A. Please register for FREE. You may participate via ZOOM or by phoning in. These discussions are recorded and will be available at a later date.

Next Discussion: Monday, July 20th, 2:30pm | Fall Activities & Events amidst COVID-19

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View archived recordings of past discussions

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