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Increase Purchasing and Use of Foods from Local Farms

Overview

Institutions can support the local agricultural economy and reduce their carbon footprint by purchasing the freshest, seasonal foods from local farmers. With effective organization and planning, local food can enhance any menu. “Local” can refer to a certain radius (i.e., 100 miles) or even an entire state, depending on what’s most meaningful to the buyers. Based on variation in farming practices and their impact on the environment, sustainable agricultural practices should be considered when deciding on local farms from which to purchase produce.

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 Childcare

 Community (including grocery stores, public service venues, and restaurants)

 School (including universities)

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