6. Regional Food Systems

Goal:

Create a local foods movement by connecting local producers to markets for their products both within and outside the region

Objectives:

  1. Increase the amount of locally sourced food served in institutional food service (schools, jails, colleges, hospitals), restaurants, and commercial grocers.

  2. Start new and support the expansion of existing value-added agricultural businesses including processing, warehousing, distribution, etc

  3. Improve access to locally sourced food through the development of modern community-based farmer’s markets.

  4. Increase the competitiveness of local products and connect local producers to markets outside the region. .