There are many reasons to buy locally grown food; the benefits span economy to ecology, community to nutrition, and superior flavor to open space preservation. Below is a list of resources on eating locally.
Marin County Resources on Eating Locally
GROWN LOCAL helps you clearly identify food producers who are based right here in Marin County.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Marin
Listings to buy locally grown produce and meats directly from the farm.
A listing of farm stands around the county.
A listing of farmers' markets in the area where you can find Marin-grown food.
Harvest your own apples from Chileno Valley Ranch's organic apple orchard on Sundays in September and October.
A listing of outlets carrying Marin-grown produce and products.
Agricultural Institute of Marin
AIM operates eight Bay Area farmers' markets. Their Eat Local 101 program offers eaters a deeper connection to the people and places that grow their food.
Marin Organic works to preserve farmland and farming as a way of life in our region through environmental soundness and economic profitability.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust
MALT was the first land trust in the US to focus on farmland preservation. They acquire agricultural conservation easements on farmland and encourage public policies that support and enhance agriculture.
Other Resources on Eating Locally
Deliciously creative video about integrating local foods from West Marin.
Managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), ATTRA provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
Buy Fresh, Buy Local
A project of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign helps consumers find and choose local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers' markets retailers, retaurants, and institutions.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
CAFF advocates for California family farmers and sustainable agriculture. Their Community Food Systems program connects consumers to food producers providing information, access and education through practical, community driven projects.
A national nonprofit that provides communication tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems.
A nationwide directory of small farms, farmers' markets, and other local food sources. Their website can help you find local sources of sustainably grown food in your area.
A group of concerned culinary adventures who are making an effort to eat only foods grown or harvested within a 100 mile radius.
Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC's Growing Green award recognizes extraordinary contributions that advance ecologically integrated farming practices, climate stewardship, water stewardship, farmland preservation, and social responsibility from farm to fork.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots movements with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. There are local chapters around the world.
Sustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food. Their Eat Well Guide is a free, online directory of sustainabily-raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs.
The Community Food Security Coalition
CFSC is a North American coalition of diverse people and organizations working fromt he local to international levels to build community food security.
UCANR's Food Blog
UC information on the creation and consumption of food.
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) is a USDA-wide effort to carry out President Obama's commitment to strengthening local and regional food systems.
Worldwatch Institute's Sustainable Agriculture Program provides information, research, and resources for creating accessible food systems that benefit farmers, consumers, and ecosystems.