Building Successful Food Systems

The term ‘food system’ refers to all of the elements involved with food in a community, including growing, harvesting, processing and distributing, as well as food consumption and disposal. Counties are focused on building thriving food systems which include healthy, locally grown products, nutritious meals and equitable distribution of high quality foods. This podcast explores how Yolo County, Calif. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are strengthening local food systems by improving food security, ensuring access to nutritional food and bolstering the viability of America’s agricultural industry.

As part of NACo’s commitment to enhancing economic prospects in America’s rural counties, this podcast is part two in a three-part podcast series highlighting economic development in rural places. 

The first podcast focused on community planning and can be accessed here.

Stay tuned for the third and final podcast in this special series related to brownfields and land revitalization initiatives in rural places. 

Interested in learning more about how rural and mid-size counties are exploring economic development prospects to increase their competitive advantage and overall economic resilience?  Check out NACo’s report: Cultivating a Competitive Advantage: How Rural Counties are Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners.

About Alix Kashdan (Full Bio)

Digital Media Associate

Alix Kashdan works on creation and implementation of digital media content. She produces story maps, GIS maps, podcasts, and other interactive content. She also serves as a photographer at NACo events and assists with producing communications materials, maintaining NACo.org, handling media relations, and copy editing.