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Know Your Food, Know Your Farmer Compass

The USDA launched its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, an online multi-media tool that allows users to easily navigate stories of USDA's work in local and regional food systems and spur ideas for how to build stronger local and regional food opportunities in other communities.

The USDA launched its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, an online multi-media tool that allows users to easily navigate stories of USDA's work in local and regional food systems and spur ideas for how to build stronger local and regional food opportunities in other communities.

With the Compass, you can:

  • LEARN about USDA resources to develop local and regional food enterprises - from seasonal high tunnels that extend the growing season, to technical assistance for beginning and experienced producers, to support for marketing, processing, distribution and retail infrastructure.
  • SEE case studies and photos of successful producers and projects from around the country.
  • NAVIGATE the interactive map, which shows the location and focus of many USDA-supported local and regional food projects.
  • WATCH videos documenting how others are building strong local and regional food businesses, expanding local food production on their farms and ranches, and making change in their communities.
  • JOIN the national conversation. If you're a customer, meet a farmer. If you're a farmer, talk to your customers.  Continue the conversation in your neighborhood, town and community about what local foods mean to you.

The Compass is part of USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative.

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