The Department for Communities and Local Government's job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.
Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.
Economic benefits Currently when we source tradesman, raw materials and all other kinds of produce we shop for the best product at the best price. Quite often a similar product at an equally attractive price will be available right on our doorsteps in the local community. We are unaware of these products and providers as we are not familiar with our local economy and commerce. By rebuilding the community local tradesman and retailers would find local people would become their main client source, thus generating local capital for local community inhabitants.
Sadly our communities are fragmented. Open Future™ has spent enough time in streets and we've knocked on thousands of doors. People are not unfriendly, and on the surface judging from what they say, there is strong support for local communities and local community action. However, since people don't know each other, it's often a case of wait and see. People are passive about building a for instance. They wait for someone else to do it.