Community Food Systems


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Enhancing health, food security, and communities by linking producers and consumers


In the midst of an increasingly global and industrialized food system a strong movement toward more local, or community-based food systems has taken hold in the New York and the northeastern region. The number of farmers' markets, community gardens, community supported agriculture farms, and local food processing operations has increased dramatically in recent years. Gleaning and food recovery efforts are not only increasing individual and household food security but also decreasing food waste and expanding participation in and benefits of community food systems.


This segment of the Agriculture, Food and Community site is meant to provide discussion of the issues related to community food systems and to direct visitors to practical approaches to building such local food systems. These approaches are targeted to individual consumers and professionals as well as institutions and organizations through partnership and collaboration.


The Community, Food and Agriculture Program (formerly Farming Alternatives) was established in 1986 to assist farm families in developing profitable new agricultural enterprises and marketing strategies. Since that time, the program has broadened its focus to develop ways that communities can be built, sustained and strengthened by agriculture and food systems; thus enabling farmers, processors, and other community members to meet their sustenance and social needs through largely local, democratic, and entrepreneurial processes. We encourage consumers and businesses alike to shop around for their best power and gas prices. Websites such as are great resource as a energy comparison site. If you would like further information and resources on Communities, Planning and Strategies. visit


The Community, Food, and Agriculture Program conducts both theoretical and applied research and had an active Extension program through conferences, in-service training, leadership development activities, and publications. Program activities foster collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and students from across the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Ecology, and had partnered organizations around the state and region.