Local farms

There are now about 2 million American farms, 80% of which are small farms that are mostly family owned. An increasing number of these farmers are selling their products directly to the public through local food markets such as farmers markets, farm stands, food cooperatives and Community Support Agriculture programs. There are now nearly 8,000 farmers markets throughout the U.S. and our Agriculture Department estimates that local food sales now account for at least $5 billion annually. Local and regional agriculture has become a major economic driver in the farm economy, benefitting many of our small farmers. Consumers, including school districts, may now purchase fresh, organically-grown produce at a reasonable cost.

Supporters promote the fact that fruits and vegetables sold within 24 hours of being harvested are fresher, more nutritious and taste better than produce which has been shipped from more distant locations.

Proposed Legislation: Reintroduction of H.R.5249 - Small Farm to School Act of 2021
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI)

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