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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 


Lunchtime Learning Series: Making Food for Profit

Starting a Small Food Business in Arkansas: Cottage Foods
Cottage foods are specific types of food made in home kitchens, however, not all foods can be made at home and sold to the public. Food entrepreneurs and home-based food businesses can learn more about cottage foods in this webinar, co-hosted with Family & Consumer Sciences.
Food Safety Documentation for Small Food Manufacturers
Are you a small scale commercial food businesses, shared-use kitchen managers and food protection regulators? This webinar, lead by Cornell University Food Safety Specialist Abby Snyder, will focus on GMPs, COVID-19 preparedness and preventative controls.

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