Farmers Market Metrics The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) worked with market and research partners to develop a complete evaluation & data communication system for farmers markets, known as Farmers Market Metrics (FMMetrics). FMMetrics is driven by the need for efficient farmers market management tools, that can also serve to streamline grant reporting. The scalable and customizable…
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Local Food Economics Resources Directory
LINK DESCRIPTION RESOURCE The Vermont Farm to Plate Network Case Study Case Studies Maryland Food System Map Case Study Case Studies Northern CO Food System Assessment Case Study Case Studies U.S. Cluster Mapping Website Case Study Case Studies WV and Midwest Assessing Opportunity Cost Case Study Case Studies SC Making Small Farms into Big Business Case Study Case Studies NY Strengthening Buffalo’s Food System Case Study Case Studies NY Assessing the Economic Impacts of Local Food Producers Case Study Case Studies AMS Toolkit The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices
Dawn Thilmany McFadden, David Conner, Steven Deller, David Hughes, Ken Meter, Alfonso Morales, Todd Schmit, David Swenson, Allie Bauman, Megan Phillips Goldenberg, Rebecca Hill, Becca B.R. Jablonski, and Debra Tropp. March 2016.
Industry and Government Reports Economic Impacts of Farm to School Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools
Libby Christensen, Becca Jablonski, Lacy Stephens, and Anupama Joshi
Industry and Government Reports Opportunity Cost Framework Evaluating the Economic Impact of Farmers’ Markets Using an Opportunity Cost Framework
David W. Hughes, Cheryl Brown, Stacy Miller, and Tom McConnell
Journal Articles Farm-to-School Programs Choices Article: Do Farm-to-School Programs Create Local Economic Impacts?
Florence Becot, Jane M. Kolodinsky, Erin Roche, Alexandra E. Zipparo, Linda Berlin, Erin Buckwalter, and Janet McLaughlin
Journal Articles Community Economics of Local Foods Choices Theme Overview: Community Economics of Local Foods
Steven Deller and Maureen Stickel
Journal Articles What We Know and Don’t Know Choices Article: What We Know and Don’t Know About the Economic Development Benefits of Local Food Systems
David W. Hughes and Kathryn A. Boys
Journal Articles Economic Impacts of Food Hubs Assessing the Economic Impacts of Food Hubs on Regional Economies: A Framework that Includes Opportunity Cost
B. B. R. Jablonski, T. M. Schmit, and D. Kay
Journal Articles Economic Impacts New York Assessing the Economic Impacts of Local Food System Producers by Scale: A Case Study From New York
Todd M. Schmit, Becca B. R. Jablonski, and Yuri Mansury
Journal Articles Journal of Extension Journal of Extenstion: Resource for Evaluating the Economic Impact of Local Food System Initiatives Journal Articles Exploring Localized Economic Dynamics Exploring Localized Economic Dynamics: Methods-Driven Case Studies of Transformation and Growth in Agricultural and Food Markets
Allison Bauman and Dawn Thilmany McFadden
Journal Articles Critical Reflections on the Toolkit Critical reflections on the USDA local food economics toolkit: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
David Conner, Florence Becot, and Diane Imrie
University of Vermont
Journal Articles Future Research Priorities Economic impacts of local food systems: Future research priorities: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
Jeffrey K. O’Hara, Union of Concerned Scientists
Rich Pirog, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems
Journal Articles Did the Local Food Movement Trickle Down to Local Farmers? Union of Concerned Scientists
Dawn Thilmany McFadden
Journal Articles A Method for Evaluating the Economic Contribution of a Local Food System Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics: A Method for Evaluating the Economic Contribution of a Local Food System
Philip Watson, Stephen Cooke, David Kay, Greg Alward, and Alfonso Morales
Journal Articles Evaluating the scale and technical efficiency among farms and ranches with a local market orientation Evaluating the scale and technical efficiency among farms and ranches with a local market orientation. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.
Bauman, A., D. Thilmany, and B.B.R. Jablonski. 2017.
Journal Articles Fostering Multiple Goals in Farm to School Fostering Multiple Goals in Farm to School
Alexandra Lakind, University of Wisconsin–Madison | Lihlani Skipper, Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture and Food Systems | Alfonso Morales, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Journal Articles Regulatory Practices of Urban Agriculture: A Connection to Planning and Policy Regulatory Practices of Urban Agriculture: A Connection to Planning and Policy
Mahbubur Meenar, Alfonso Morales & Leonard Bonarek
Through its support of the Toolkit , USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and its research partners have come to realize the importance and power of gathering community-based evidence that provide real-world illustrations of benefits associated with local food investments, while identifying the most appropriate and effective practices for advancing local food systems development. We invite your contributions to the collection, in the hope that this will strengthen this community’s role as a source of learning and inspiration for researchers and practitioners alike.
In 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service convened a team of regional economists and food system specialists to develop a best practice Toolkit for evaluating the economic impacts of local food system activities. The team, coordinated by Dr. Dawn Thilmany McFadden at Colorado State University, hopes that this Toolkit can guide and enhance the capacity of local organizations to make more deliberate and credible measurements of local and small-scale economic activity and other ancillary benefits.
The Toolkit is made up of seven modules that can be grouped into two stages of food system planning, assessment and evaluation. The first set of modules (1-4) guides the first stages of an economic impact assessment and includes framing the system, relevant economic activities and assessment process as well as collecting and analyzing relevant primary and secondary data. The second set of modules (5-7) provides a more technical set of practices and discussion of how to use the information collected in stage one to conduct a more rigorous economic impact analysis.
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Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP)
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Link: Home – National Sustainable Agriculture CoalitionNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition | Supporting the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.
Community Food Projects
Sustainable & Organic Research
Foundation for Food and Agriculture
Urban Food Systems Challenge Area
Food Waste and Loss
Urban Farming Guys
See document(s): The Urban Farming Guys
Cultivate Kansas City
See document(s): Cultivate Kansas City : Home
Kansas City Community Gardens
See document(s): KCCG – Kansas City Community Gardens
Kansas City Food Circle
See document(s): KANSAS CITY FOOD CIRCLE – Home
Slow Food Kansas City
See document(s): Slow Food Kansas City
Growing Growers Kansas City
See document(s): www.growinggrowers.org
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
See document(s): CCUA | Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
KC Healthy Kids
See document(s): Home – KC Healthy Kids
Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition
See document(s): Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition – KC Healthy Kids
American Community Gardening Association
Fair Food Network
Link: Fair Food Network
Farm To People
Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy
Link: Food First
Grace Communications Foundation
Slow Food USA
The Food Trust
Link: The Food Trust | Home
Democracy Collaborative-Local Food Systems
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
Local Food Systems