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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

Lunchtime Learning Series: Making Food for Profit

Oct. 16: Starting a Food Business: Cottage Food 
Ever wondered how to start a home-based food business? Cottage Food may be the answer for you! Join us for a discussion on Cottage Food Law in Arkansas and hear from business owners about their experience making cottage foods.
 
Oct. 23: 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.

Register Here! 


 

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