About Us


This overview discusses why this work is important and describes the objectives.


To build the capacity of the Research and Extension system to foster community collaboration and become a trusted source of high-impact education an research supporting all aspects of local foods.


  • To provide a safe, healthy, and affordable food supply that is accessible to all consumers.
  • Farmers, ranchers, and food businesses are able to profitably market their products locally and regionally.
  • People and communities are empowered to participate in all aspects (including production, distribution, preservation, purchasing and consumption) of the local and regional food systems.


  • Promote justice and fairness
  • Support farms, food businesses, and local economies that thrive
  • Improve food access and security
  • Encourage food systems that support environmental, economic, and social well-being
  • Foster healthy people and communities
  • Recognize and respect diverse, local identities and cultures
  • Utilize community-driven and evidence-based practices

2021 Leadership Team