Regional Food Systems

A close look at a region’s food system is a powerful way to understand the region's health and prosperity.

diagram of a food system

The food system incorporates every residentfrom farmers who grow food, to truckers who transport it, food workers who prepare it, and everyone who buys, eats and disposes of food. 

We partner with communities to help ensure, fresh, local food is finding its way to consumers through a growing number of channels.



  • perform county food system assessments to help strengthen regional food systems

  • work with food hubs to build and strengthen value-based supply chains

  • work with food policy councils to provide regulatory support

  • assess and help improve farm-to-school and farm-to-institution programs

  • work with food systems advocates to support urban agriculture initiatives.

Our work