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Food System Resources

  • Community Food System Development Change Framework, by Amanda Philyaw Perez, DrPH, MPH, University of Arkansas Extension

    This tool helps communities have a menu of options for community food system change and a process for determining what types of change fit best in their the community.

  • Arkansas Local Food System Meetup Report 2017 

    This report summarizes the information gathered during five regional meetings with local food system stakeholders in Arkansas to better understand the scope of the local food system and the needs for supporting local food value-chain development.

    Central Arkansas Local Food Meetup, Arkansas Innovation Hub, North Little Rock, AR.

Food System Projects

Share Grounds: Shared Kitchen Incubator

The Share Grounds: Kitchen Incubator and Aggregation Center Development project offers an innovative approach to utilize existing facilities and infrastructure at the County Fairgrounds. This project will establish three kitchen incubator and aggregation centers at the Searcy (Marshall), Cleveland (Rison), and Three County (McCrory) fairgrounds.

Want to learn more about Share Grounds?

Would you be interested in using the Share Grounds facilities or just want to learn more about the project? Visit our page or contact the Share Grounds Project Manager, to learn more.

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Arkansas Farm to School

The 2017 Arkansas Local Food Act is a “farm to institution” policy, which aims to increase utilization of locally grown and processed food products in institution-based food service programs across the State of Arkansas. Read the 2019 progress report outlined by the Arkansas Farm to School and Early Childhood Education Program Director.

Local Foods Resources

Tools for Building a Sustainable Community Food System

Growing a Healthy Economy with Local Foods, by Becky L. Bowen, JD, North Carolina Extension

Community Food Systems Toolkit, University of Wisconsin Extension

Local Food Systems, Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Urban Agriculture, by C. E. Dobbins, C. K. Cox, L. D. Edgar, D. L. Graham & A. G. Philyaw Perez                                  This study aimed to determine a local definition of urban agriculture for Arkansas and investigated the context of urban agriculture in the state.

Local Food Product Development

Commercial Food Facility Development:

Shared-Use Kitchen Planning Toolkit                                                                                                                  

Opening Community Facilities for Food Entrepreneurs

Guidelines for Incubator Kitchens

Value Added Food Products:

Producing Value-Added Food Products from Surplus Farm Produce

Costs of Developing Value-Added Food Products from Surplus Farm Produce

Making Agroforestry Products: Lessons from Producers

Value Added Food Products Blog Posts:

Examining Farmers Market Surplus for Value-Added Production Potential

Economic Feasibility of Value-Added Production from Farmer’s Market Surplus

Local Meat

Farm to Freezer: Direct Marketing Arkansas Beef

This webinar, hosted by the Animal Science unit of the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture covers the basics of raising and processing beef for consumers looking to buy locally produced foods.

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

NMPAN is a network and info hub for people and organizations who want small meat processors to thrive. We offer tools and information for small processors and the farmers, marketers and meat buyers who depend on them. 

Beekeeping in Arkansas

Keeping honey bees is an increasingly popular activity for both leisure and profit. Check out to learn more about practices and upcoming events.  

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)