Experiences Help Build Support for Local Food Systems

The Local Food Research Center of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) released a report called Experiencing Local. It discusses the findings of research on the impact of place-based food and farm experiences on support for local food systems. The research shows that direct experiences with local food and farms—specifically, attending farmers markets and farm tours—are a powerful way to cultivate interest in food and food production, instill a concrete sense of community belonging, and activate engagement with the region’s evolving food system. The full report is available online in PDF.