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What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Crowfoot, Native American warrior and orator (1821-1890)

Buy Local Campaigns for Local Economic Development

"Buy local" campaigns can address many of the problems faced by local family owned farms and small businesses. Local supporters of "buy local programs" include consumers, schools, farmers markets, retailers, Community Supported Agriculture programs and restaurants. Locally grown food is fresher, tastier, and more nutritious because of its speed to market. Buying directly from family farmers also helps local farmers stay in business.

Agriculture and Local Food Production

In modern industrial agriculture system, produce varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen simultaneously and withstand harvesting equipment, packing, transport and for their long shelf life in the retail grocery store.

In contrast, local farmers that sell direct to consumers, local restaurants and grocery stores grow varieties that are selected for the best flavors, for providing a long harvest season, and eyecatching colors. Many varieties are heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation because they taste good. These old varieties contain genetic material from hundreds or even thousands of years of human selection. They may someday provide the genes needed to adapt to a changing climate.

Benefits of Supporting Local Food Production and Distribution

Local food systems preserve open space and supports a clean environment. As the value of direct-marketed fruits and vegetables increases, selling farmland for development becomes less likely. A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued. Good stewards of the land grow cover crops that prevent erosion and replace nutrients used by their crops. Cover crops also capture emissions and help combat global warming. In addition, the patchwork of fields, hedgerows, ponds and buildings is the perfect environment for many beloved species of wildlife. That landscape will survive only as long as farms are financially viable. When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive about preserving the agricultural landscape.

KEYWORDS: ORGANIC FOOD, natural, local, agriculture, farmers market, grocery, produce, garden, container gardening, fruit, vegetables, compost, diet, food contaminants

Resources to help you support a "buy local" choice

Community Alliance with Family Farmers
CAFF, in partnership with the National Food Routes Network Buy Local Learning Community, has developed the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign campaign as a pilot program to strengthen regional markets for family farms

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) promotes and supports organic food and agriculture through a premier organic certification program, trade support, producer and consumer education and political advocacy. From apples to zucchini, from almonds to wine, CCOF is involved in every facet of organics, with over 750 different organic crops and products, including livestock, processed products and services.

Organic Farming Research Foundation
PO Box 440
Santa Cruz, Ca 95061
831.426.6606
Sponsors research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.



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