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Community, local, and regional food systems are complex and interconnected networks that comprise sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management to bring about social, economic, and ecological change that benefits all residents. A more community-focused food system must be cultivated and nurtured by local leadership and strong community ties that include a diversity of voices and ideas. This approach involves collaborations and partnerships to create more resilient, vibrant, and just food systems and economies.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
November 2, 2016