In 2015, to assess progress against the 20% local food by 2020 goal, network members documented measurements for each of five network objectives.
Here are just a few of their findings:
You can find more info on the five new fact sheets: Local Food Sales, Farm to Institution, Agri-business Generation, Food Access, and Farmland Resources. Those are available on the FFN website.
The network is moving forward this year. The focus of each objective has become an action area and task force teams are forming to plan new and innovative projects to be completed by the February 2017 Farm Route to Prosperity summit. Some teams may be eligible for mini-grants to enhance work that directly benefits the community served. To join a task force or provide financial support in an action area, contact Carol Danly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol Danly is an AmeriCorps VISTA with United Way, assigned to the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in support of the Food and Farming Network. She can be reached at email@example.com.