usda.gov: The USDA unveiled an updated version of its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. The KYF Compass is an interactive, web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects through successful producer, business and community case studies.
“Local food is a rapidly growing trend in American agriculture. It offers additional market opportunities for farmers, ranchers and food business entrepreneurs while enabling consumers to develop a deeper understanding of where their food comes from and how it is produced,” said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan in a recent press release. “The new stories and data in the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass offer a comprehensive look at the impact local food is having across the country.”
This map shows USDA-supported efforts and related information on local and regional food systems for the years 2009-2011.
To learn about specific projects or what’s going on in a particular area, use the slide bar to zoom to that location, and select the pin symbols on the map. Note: Most projects are only accurate to the zip code level. If there are multiple projects in the same zip code, they will show up on the same pin. You can scroll through them using arrows at the top of the pop-up box.