ATTRA | Sustainable Agriculture Program |

Buying local foods supports the viability of local economies and helps keep family farmers farming. It also creates a connection between consumers and local farmers that enhances both individual and community health. Efforts such as urban agriculture, community gardens, farmers markets, and farm to institution programs are making this critical connection. This section provides information, resources, and models on how farmers and consumers can actively participate in the development of more locally or regionally-based food systems.