Small-Scale Healthy Food Options

There are many options for improving healthy food access, each with a unique set of advantages.

There are many options for improving healthy food access, each with a unique set of advantages to residents and community health. Farmers’ markets (www.localharvest.org) provide a public space that supports social interaction and can help support small-scale farmers while providing fresh, high quality food to residents, and can serve as small business incubators when the markets provide opportunities for residents to sell items such as baked goods or other products. Community-supported agriculture (www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/csa), where participants purchase shares for a portion of the crops from a farm at the beginning of a growing season in exchange for regular deliveries of produce, supports small farmers and provides high-quality produce. Community gardens (www.communitygarden.org) provide opportunities for environmental education and can improve neighborhood green space.

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