|Food Systems Maps|
This map is created and maintained by the Drake University Agricultural Law Center to help further the advancement of Food Policy Councils. The center at www.law.drake.edu/aglaw.
This website is for small food businesses thata are trying to find a commercial kitchen to cook their products. Culinary incubators drive new start-up businesses — those which, without a health department licensed commercial kitchen, could not legally produce their food. In addition to producing food, commercial kitchens can be used to shoot TV shows, teach cooking classes, and host food tastings and other events.
Grown in the City has launched an “Interactive Food Sovereignty Ordinance Map” to track food sovereignty ordinances across the United States, following the unanimous passage of the first ordinance in Sedgwick, Maine. The legality of the ordinance at the State and federal level has not yet been determined, but it has been a symbolic victory for those who support local, sustainable food systems guided by completely free markets.
Do you know of a community with a local food sovereignty ordinance? Let us know at by filling out the Food Sovereignty Database Form and we’ll add it to the map.
Create maps showing the variation in a single indicator across the U.S.; for example, variation in the prevalence of obesity or access to grocery stores across U.S. counties;
View all of the county-level indicators for a selected county; and
Use the advanced query tool to identify counties sharing the same degree of multiple indicators; for example, counties with both high poverty and high obesity rate.
Find your watershed using the form on this website. Once you locate your watershed, click on the link “citizen-based groups at work in this watershed” to find organizations working to protect water quality. Contact these groups to find out about cleanups, monitoring activities, restoration projects, and other activities.
MarketMaker is a national partnership of land grant institutions and state departments of agriculture that has developed a comprehensive, interactive database of food industry marketing and business data. It is currently one of the most extensive collections of searchable food industry–related data in the country. All the information can be mapped and queried by the user.
The best organic food is what's grown closest to the consumer. Use this website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in an area, where consumers can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
This growing farm to school movement is supported by eight regional lead agencies that compose the National Farm to School Network. The Network offers training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support in policy and media and marketing activities. We are here to help you get started and to keep the programs growing.
MapMuse is a privately maintained list of famers' markets in the U.S.
The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, noncredit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.
USDA Service Centers are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies. This website provides the address and contact information for a USDA Service Center and other agency offices serving a particular area.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) assists U.S. farmers with a variety of conservation and financial services. Tracing its roots to 1933 in response to the Great Depression, the FSA was officially organized in 1994 by consolidating programs of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, and the Farmers Home Administration. As part of the Department of Agriculture, its main tasks are stabilizing farm income, assisting in land and water conservation, offering credit to new or disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and providing recovery assistance to farmers following disasters.
This list contains only food pantries that have listed themselves on this site. There may be pantries in your area that are not on this list.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
NON-GIS Databases and listings
The Feeding Ameica network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing more than 2.5 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. Those member food banks support approximately 61,000 local charitable agencies and 70,000 programs, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need.
The RC&D (Resource Conservation and Development) program encourages and improves the capability of volunteer local elected and civic leaders in designated RC&D Areas to plan and carry out projects for resource conservation and community development. RC&D is a unique program that is led by local volunteer councils. This link is a PDF directory of RC&D councils throughout the U.S.
Student Farms (Farming For Credit Directory)
This Farming for Credit Directory lists hands-on and classroom-based sustainable ag education opportunities side by side. It is organized first by region, then alphabetically by state, and within states by institutional name.
Mobile Meat Processing Units Listing
The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) is a national network of people and organizations providing technical assistance and other support to small- to mid-sized meat processors and the livestock producers and niche meat buyers who depend on them.
National Food Co-ops Directory (link to UK directory)
The Coop Directory Service is an online source of information about natural food co-ops.
Local Food Directories by State
A number of organizations and agencies throughout the U.S. are trying to help agricultural producers connect with customers by compiling directories of local food sources that help buyers find goods and growers find markets. This resource offers listings for local food directories and promotional programs, searchable by state.
Student Farm Directory
The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association promotes and supports the development, application, research, and exchange of best teaching and learning practices in sustainable agriculture education and curricula through communication, training, development, and collaborative activities for teachers and learners.
Farm to College List
This site presents information about farm-to-college programs in the U.S. and Canada.
USDA Farmers’ Market Search
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service maintains a listing of farmers' markets throughout the United States. Market information is provided to AMS from various sources, including state market representatives, market managers, and consumers. The farmers' market database is updated on a regular basis.
Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapters
American Viticultural Areas
Federal Market Order: Fruits and Vegetables