AMS is helping communities scale up local and regional food systems and strengthen their economies. Whether you are an individual farmer looking to extend your growing season, a cooperative of growers looking to rebuild a food hub, a farmers’ market that wants to accept SNAP benefits, a school that needs cold storage to store locally procured meat, or anyone in between, we can help you identify funding opportunities to support your local food efforts based on where you are in the supply chain.
Resources for grantees who are currently carrying out their project.
The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems engages the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in developing regionally integrated, sustainable food systems. Their website offers resources ranging from briefs and fact sheets to videos and a webinar series on topics such as institutional sourcing of local food, farm-to-school, farmers markets, and social justice in the food system.
This resource is hosted by the Community, Local and Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Community of Practice. It is designed to provide information and networking opportunities for educators, community-based practitioners, policy makers, farmers/growers, families, and those individuals involved in building equitable, health-promoting, resilient, and economically balanced food systems. As a community of practice, we: 1) create new content; 2) compile and summarize information published by our member organizations; 3) and make it our goal to offer a unique, online meeting place for diverse groups and interests to share information and learn from one another.
Foundational information about farmers market startup, marketing tips and evaluation strategies. Also includes a diverse webinar series.
Legal Resources for building resilient and accessible markets.
The Food Systems Leadership Network (a Wallace Center National Community of Practice) connects individuals and staff of non-profit, community-based organizations through its online, interactive platform where members can access a variety of opportunities and services to support professional development and organizational capacity.
Connect with colleagues around the country through a network of peer to peer support and professional development.
AMS’s Marketing Services Division (MSD) maintains four separate online directories of local/regional food enterprises, covering Farmers Markets, CSAs, Food Hubs and On-Farm Markets. These entries are based on voluntary submissions by market/food enterprise managers.
Market or food enterprise managers who wish to add listings to the directories or update current listings may do so by following the instructions here.
USDA also provides many maps and mapping applications that may be useful in gathering information about local/regional food activities, demographics, and neighborhood characteristics. See what types of data and information are available at your fingertips.
A network of more than 500 organizations in the Northeast, NESAWG provides opportunities for connecting with people throughout the Northeast and across sectors to share resources, identify gaps and partner on innovative projects. Workgroup activity ranges from sharing best practices to collaborating on more involved projects.
Annual conference that provides an opportunity to share and learn about applied food systems projects – focused on but not limited to the Northeastern U.S.