Our Community Food Systems program works at the intersection of policy and practice in Minnesota.
IATP’s Community Food Systems program strives to build vibrant community-based food systems that give all people access to sufficient, safe, culturally appropriate and nutritious food while also developing local food supply chains that will allow small- to mid-scale farmers to access a variety of new markets. We envision decentralized, local food systems that are accountable to, and largely controlled by, the community members who depend on them, where food is produced and distributed in a manner that builds equity, justice, and resiliency in policy and practice.
IATP is a founding member and coordinator and houses this Minnesota network of food and farm groups.
IATP has been dedicated to programmatic and policy support of Farm to School and Farm to Early Care in Minnesota for over a decade.
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Agroecology & Community Food Systems
Farm to School and Early Care represents one concrete way to support the implementation of agroecological principles locally. These programs tie directly to the agroecological principles of promoting a circular economy, working to connect producers and consumers, and supporting local producers.