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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

Farm to School Connection

Farm to School Connection Flyer

When: Thursday, March 18th | 2-3pm

Where: Virtual - registration below

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service are excited to offer an opportunity for schools and farmers to connect to create more opportunities for local food in schools. Join us to learn how to buy local food and how to sell your local produce to schools.

The agenda for the event includes brief opening remarks from the hosts, followed by local procurement experiences from an Arkansas farmer and Arkansas public school child nutrition director. We will then create regional breakouts for schools and farmers to network and build local connections. The event will end with next steps and state specific resources designed to help continue the conversation.

Register for Farm to School Connection

Brought to you by the Local, Regional & Safe Foods Extension team and the Arkansas Farm to School program.

Webinars, Virtual Learning, and Online Discussions

Last year, COVID-19 brought a halt to our in-person workshops and programs. With the continued spread of this virus, our team has created a number of socially distanced ways to engage, learn and share information related to local food systems development. Browse our collection of videos to learn more about creating a packaged food business and local food challenges and opportunities during COVID-19.

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