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.
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.
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.
Food System Projects
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?
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
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Value Added Food Products:
Value Added Food Products Blog Posts:
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.
Beekeeping in Arkansas
Keeping honey bees is an increasingly popular activity for both leisure and profit. Check out www.uaex.uada.edu/bees to learn more about practices and upcoming events.