“The Obama Administration supports establishment of local and regional food systems, part of our ‘Know your Farmer, Know your Food’ initiative,” Merrigan said. “Linking Michigan’s agricultural community to urban markets will bring new understanding of the importance of healthy eating and provide enhanced access to fresh foods,”
Merrigan noted that Michigan has the second most diverse agriculture industry in the country – second only to California. Fair Food Network is a non-profit organization that works with other groups to design a food system that provides access to an abundant supply of healthy, fresh and sustainably grown food.
This agreement is part of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, which promotes local and regional food systems by stimulating community economic development and ensuring equitable access to affordable fresh and local food.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/.