Growing a Local Food Economy – A Guide to Getting Started

Eric J Garrett

July 6, 2022

Eric J Garrett

Locally grown and made food is in high demand because the number of people who want local food is growing. To meet this need, local business owners are growing. In the end, everyone is better off because of the demand. This article tells you about some ways to get started in your area. It talks about, among other things, Farmer’s markets, community gardens, and Churches. Learn more about how to grow a local food economy by reading on.

Farming that is run by the community

Local food guide production has reached a critical mass as the number of people who want healthy, locally grown food has grown. Farmers and ranchers are working hard to keep up with this demand, and local food systems are also helping them make money. In some places, small farmers and ranchers can’t compete with bigger farms because they don’t have enough resources. However, they can make more money and feel like part of the community if they start a farm or ranch together.

CSAs are a way for people to support a local farmer and get food simultaneously. Members of a CSA buy shares from a local farmer and pick up a box of vegetables once a week at a pick-up spot. A CSA is a great way to help a local farmer and a direct marketing plan.

Farmers markets

The farmers’ market is a good way to get people to pay more attention to local food. In addition to being a convenient way to shop, many farmers’ markets now also sell in bulk. Even though wholesale markets are only open on certain days or times, many of them are still very important of local food economy. These markets sell to produce stands, restaurants, garden stores, and even honey. But as supermarkets become more national, many markets are on the way out. As a result, wholesale prices go down because the prices of imported goods are low.

In a survey done by the Farmers Market Coalition, people using SNAP benefits were found in almost 40% of U.S. markets. Also, surveyed farmers’ markets in Chicago and western North Carolina found that more SNAP customers used the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program in 2019 than in 2018.

Community gardens

To improve access to healthy localĀ  food and eliminate “food deserts,” many groups and cities are supporting community gardens. The USDA has set up a grant program for community gardens in low-income areas that help with economic, social, and environmental problems. A community garden that works well includes people from the community and meets the needs of a wide range of people. Soil contamination and getting land are problems that often arise when starting a community garden.

Urban policymakers need to realize the value of community gardens as places where people can heal and where they can get fresh produce and other foods. These places are also great for building pride in the community and bringing people together. Studies have found that 20% of people in Chicago live within two blocks or a quarter mile of a community garden. Community gardens give gardeners and other neighbourhood people access fresh food. And they can do a lot to ensure everyone in cities can access food.


A lot of churches already own a lot of lands. For example, the Catholic Church in Kenya set aside 3,000 acres to be farmed for money. In the United States, the fact that church attendance is declining is an opportunity. They work with religious groups to build programs and put money into the land.

The recent pandemic has boosted community farming, as more and more communities want to feed the hungry and poor. Nine churches in Baltimore, for example, grow their food. Some sell their goods cheaply, while others give them away to people in their church. In Baltimore, for example, the black church is one of the biggest landowners. And its urban garden is one of the biggest in the city. It hires people who have been in jail and grows more than a thousand pounds of herbs and vegetables each year.


If you want to help out in your community, look for groups like churches and garden clubs. These groups can help local food efforts in many ways. Such as by growing community gardens and setting up farmer’s markets and CSAs. Also, many groups in rural areas can help with volunteer work. These organizations also provide valuable connections for rural organizations to build local food economies and attract volunteers. Visit our Food Link website to learn more about how your local group can help with volunteer work.

Volunteering with a sustainable farm is another way to help the local food economy. These farms are at the forefront of the food movement and teach people how to keep a healthy food economy going. In addition, these groups give young people a chance to get involved in protecting the environment and solving food problems while having a great time. The work is important and can make a difference in someone’s life.