Find Local Food

As I mentioned last week, more and more people are not only hearing of the term foodshed, but more communities are working to map their foodshed.

A foodshed is an area where food is grown and consumed. A foodshed is mapped out considering not only distance or miles, but other factors including land productivity, population density, climate and the natural environment. The foodshed’s size depends on these factors, the availability of year-round foods, the variety of produce that is grown in an area, and the routes it must travel before ending up on consumer’s tables.

Areas throughout the United States have mapped their foodsheds and are offering consumers andresidents an easy-to-use tool for finding and using a local foodshed. Here’s a look at a few of the more comprehensive maps.

These include Central Colorado Foodshed Alliance (CCFA) a cooperative organization created to stimulate and support the local food economy in its foodshed, defined as the area within 100 miles of Salida, Colorado.

Within the foodshed, the CCFA works to unite local producers and consumers, provide education about the value of local food, and foster a vibrant local economy while promoting productive open space and sustainability.

As CCFA mentions, a 100-mile foodshed gives residents an opportunity to not only get fresher and tastier food, but to eat seasonally, support small farmers and supportsthe local economy. CCFA’s foodshed map has listings for everything from cheese and dairy products to honey and fresh flowers.

In Ohio, the Ohio Valley Foodshed Project works to develop and strengthen the diversity and accessibility of local foods in the areas of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana surrounding Cincinnati, Ohio.

Calling its project “Removing Barriers to a Thriving Local Food System,”the nonprofit groupenvisions a food system for those areas that provides universal access to locally and sustainably produced food that is socially, economically and ecologically sustainable and is a vital component of the region’s economy.

The Ohio Valley Foodshed map lists farms by name or by commodity and includes diverse products such as wine, seafood, maple syrup, and CSAs.

In Vermont, the Mad River Valley Localvore Project has created a map of the Mad Valley River Valley Foodshed using grants from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Ben and Jerry’s Foundation. It is available on the group’s website and in hard copy at local events and the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce. While not an interactive map, it does offer comprehensive descriptions of local farms and food producers in the region.

68 comments

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

We have a farmers market here in Bellingham, WA and it's really a great place. The veggies, local plants and food are wonderful. It's every Saturday from April to December and a Wednesday market in the summertime.

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Janice L.
Janice Lawrence7 years ago

I have a friend who does this---she gets a box of local produce every two weeks. It's from a local couple who run a SMALL famr---four acres---and she eats really well.

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Derek W.
Derek W.7 years ago

We need more locally sourced and affordable food in the cities.

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Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Thanks!

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Susie M.
Susie M.7 years ago

Very Good

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Lee Jarvis
Lee Jarvis7 years ago

really very nice

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Patricia B.
Patricia Bucio7 years ago

Buen artículo.

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evelyn m.
evelyn m.7 years ago

thank you!

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Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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Lynn Marie M.
Lynn Marie M7 years ago

Roof top gardens in cities will become more and more popular.

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