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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. Agritourism, specialty crop farming/specialty food products, and local food retailers
are on the rise. And food business entrepreneurs are looking for ways to turn their
recipes into successful businesses.
Our team strives to build a more resilient and sustainable community food system in
Arkansas by providing programs and activities that connect people and communities
to research-based resources, timely information, and meaningful connections.
Through our Share Grounds Commercial Kitchens project, we assist those interested
in starting a local food business or aggregating local food products with technical
assistance, permitted production facilities, and partnership opportunities. Through
our Produce Safety program, we assist growers with understanding and applying good
agricultural practices on the farm and in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization
Act Produce Safety Rule.
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
Below, you can find events and resources on food systems, food business development,
and fresh produce production food safety.
The National Center for Home Food Preservation is your source for current research-based
recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center was established
with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service,
U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those
who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods. Click below
to visit their website!
National Center for Home Food Protection
Webinars, Virtual Learning, and Online Discussions
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local foods challenges and opportunities in Arkansas.
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