LOCAL FOODS, LOCAL PLACES:
REVITALIZING COMMUNITIES BY GROWING LOCAL FOOD ECONOMIES
SUMMARY REPORT
JUNE 2015
In December 2014, the White House Rural Council and six federal agencies (U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, Delta Regional Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission, and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) selected 26 small-town, urban, and rural partner communities to participate in
Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative that provides technical support and expertise to help communities interested in
integrating local food systems into their economic development plans. During community workshops, a team of experts helps
community members set goals and plan projects, such as community gardens, farmers markets and other food-related enterprises
that can help grow local food economies and drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization.The program's initial investment
of $800,000 has had a dramatic impact on these communities.
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Alabama
Community leaders and city officials in Tuskegee, Alabama, came together to create "Made in Macon,"a vision for the community's
food network. With its new action plan, the community will establish an organization to carry out the Made in Macon vision. A major
part of this vision includes working with the Macon County Food Pantry to grow the facility into a sustainable local food hub with
education and entrepreneurial training opportunities for the community. Another aspect of the plan focuses on upgrading local
streets and paths to improve and expand the transportation options available for accessing local foods.
Arizona
The Ajo Regional Food Partnership and other community members in Ajo, Arizona, used their new action plan to strategize
methods of increasing interest in purchasing local foods and expanding their markets. These strategies tie into the community's
main goal: leveraging its local food economy to foster entrepreneurship and job creation.
Arkansas
In Flippin, Arkansas, community members came together to create a
new school garden, launch a farmers market, and plan a new sidewalk
connecting the town's school complex, downtown, and park. With its new
action plan, the community is working toward forming a local growers'
co-op and establishing a Whole Farm Conference to better connect farmers
with one another.
The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the community of North Little
Rock, Arkansas, developed an action plan focused on creating a new
food hub, enhancing the services of regional food bank efforts, and linking
emerging food-related activities to boosting walkability, livability, and
economic vibrancy in the Argenta neighborhood.
Osceola, Arkansas, the University of Arkansas, and the local school
district used their new action plan to coordinate and enhance healthy
foods education, including development of a new healthy foods cooking
curriculum in the school district. The community is also creating a
farmers market in the downtown, where it is working on infrastructure
improvements, cleanup efforts, and establishing policies to attract
investment in the area.
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California
The Youth Policy Institute in Los Angeles, California, received technical assistance to create a community-supported agriculture
program that can improve the health of low-income residents by increasing access to local foods, boost economic opportunities for
farmers and producers in the region, and help revitalize distressed neighborhoods.
Kentucky
Barbourville, Kentucky, received technical assistance to expand its current farmers market into a permanent facility where local
farmers, gardeners, crafters, entrepreneurs, and consumers can interact and local community organizations can meet
With their new action plan, community partners in Hazard, Kentucky, are developing a non-profit organization to launch
community-identified local food system projects. One of these projects is creating the North Fork Market, a local food retail store.
Other projects laid out in the plan focus on farmer recruitment and development to increase the supply of local food. In the long
run, the community hopes to leverage the success of these projects to transform the North Fork Market into a regional food hub.
Louisiana
Community groups in Lafayette, Louisiana, came together to launch the
Acadiana Food Alliance. With its new action plan, the Alliance plans initiatives
focusing on educating the public on local farmers, local foods, and locations to
buy or dine; developing food literacy programs and beginner farm internships
in schools; and providing for a more efficient local food system.
The Friends of Lafitte Corridor in New Orleans, Louisiana, developed an
action plan to create community gardens and a permanent farmers market
structure where farmers and gardeners growing food along the Lafitte
Greenway can sell their harvest several times a week.
Maine
Unity, Maine, received technical assistance to create a more connected,
walkable community; better market the community's agricultural character;
and create a local food system that serves all residents.
"The sessions were well attended, bringing
together a very diverse audience from
our local food economy.. .This work is so
importan t to the future of our communities."
—Brett Mellington
Manager of Business Development with the
Lafayette Economic Development Authority
on behalf of the Acadiana Food Alliance
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Mississippi
Griot Arts Inc., a local non-profit organization in Clarksdale,
Mississippi, received technical assistance to develop a vegetable
farming-based job training program and a series of community
gardens that will supply food for a new farmers market and
a cafe.The community gardens will be placed throughout
Clarksdale's neighborhoods, ensuring they are accessible to all
community members.
Itta Bena, Mississippi, worked on an action plan to create a
permanent cooperatively-owned grocery store in its downtown
and develop a lasting local food network.
Missouri
In its action plan, Jefferson City, Missouri, focused on creating
a farmers market and new local food restaurants downtown.
The community also explored strategies for revitalizing its
downtown into a vibrant, livable neighborhood capable of
supporting local farmers and businesses.
Nevada
The Churchill Economic Development Authority in Fallon,
Nevada, organized stakeholders to start a community-owned
grocery store in an abandoned building downtown. The
community also used the technical assistance to strategize ways
to link its new grocery store with local food-oriented programs
and activities.
"We had our first Farmers Market last week... with over
20 vendors arid activities, hundreds of people came and
many vendors sold out after two hours, including the
Meraki Job Training Program. ..It was a great success and
we look forward to increasing the numbers, awareness,
health and fun even more."
—Katrina Zavalney
Director, Clarksdale Revitalization Inc.,
in partnership with Griot Arts Youth Program
and Merkaki Job Training Program
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New York
Canton, New York, brought together a group of
stakeholders to explore how to build a robust, equitable,
arid environmentally-sourid local food system that can help
downtown revitalization efforts.
North Carolina,
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, received technical assistance to
explore opportunities to establish a new farmers market in an
economically challenged part of the city, and to develop urban
community gardens on former brownfield sites and Federal
Emergency Management Agency buyout lots and nearby
affordable housing developments.
Oklahoma
"Your event has reset the bar for relevancy and inspiration.
You facilitated the type of discussion I have been begging
for for years."
—Workshop Participant
Local Foods, Local Places Workshop,
Canton, NY
The Choctaw Nation in Idabel, Oklahoma, explored strategies to
expand and strengthen its existing farmers market and local food
system. These strategies focused on engaging youths and seniors,
increasing producers at the market, and stimulating additional
downtown activity. Changing the operating hours of the market to
appeal to a larger customer base and building a certified kitchen
next to the downtown farmers market capable of producing local value-added products are two specific actions Idabel is pursuing
through those strategies.
Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio, plans to develop cooking demonstration programs and mobile markets to increase knowledge and access
to local foods among community members of all income levels, races, and ethnicities. The community also plans on repainting
commercial buildings, installing wayfinding signs, and improving pedestrian paths between the college, downtown, park,
neighborhoods, and the food cluster to increase access.
Pennsylvania
The Rodale Institute in Allentown, Pennsylvania, received technical assistance to help identify key vacant or abandoned
sites in the 7th Street Corridor that could be repurposed for urban agriculture. The community is identifying additional
opportunities to increase demand and improve access to locally grown organic foods. It is also exploring opportunities to use
local foods promotion as a place-making initiative to further local development goals along the 7th Street Corridor.
Forest County, Pennsylvania, received technical assistance to develop a plan for renovating the Marienville Depot to make it a
regional Trail Hub with a micro-retail business incubator and a rail trail connected to the Marienville Area Library. The County is
also working to develop a facade improvement grant program for downtown Tionesta, and developing a community kitchen at
the Forest Folk School.
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Tennessee
Tracy City, Tennessee, received technical assistance to develop a comprehensive, cohesive regional plan for economic stability
that connects organizations and stakeholders involved in the region's local food economy.
Texas
Vinton, Texas, focused its action plan on creating the Village of Vinton Farmers market and Community Garden. By creating a
physical space where Vinton residents can interact and gain access to fresh, locally produced food, the Village ofVinton will take
the first steps in a multi-phase plan toward more economic opportunities for residents in the region. This plan includes developing
a Small Business Incubator offering residents resources and tools for success in starting their own businesses.
West Virginia
Grow Ohio Valley in Wheeling, West Virginia, plans to develop historic
Vineyard Hill into a community orchard and educational area for urban
agriculture. The organization is working with the city of Wheeling to
build recreational trails connecting the area to downtown to help
revitalize the city and improve access to local, healthy food.
Williamson, West Virginia, will finish its Health Innovation Hub to
support local entrepreneurs and create a community kitchen. Key
farmers in the community hope to create demonstration sites to share
methods of reclaiming coal mines into viable farmland. In addition to
these demonstration sites, the community hopes to develop a food
production site on reclaimed land to re-establish the soil for viable
use as farmland.
Wisconsin
Loyal, Wisconsin, focused its action plan on strengthening the Loyal Farmers Market by increasing vendor support, coordination,
and training; improving market promotion; and identifying a new site that could attract more vendors and customers while
helping to revitalize downtown.
Apply for Local Foods, Local Places Assistance
On June 30,2015, federal partners announced a new round of assistance from Local Foods, Local Places.
Communities interested in applying may visit: http://www2.epa.aov/smart-arowth/locai-foods-local-Dlaces.
The application deadline is September 15, 2015.
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