A strong food system is one in which farmers are able to make a viable living and have access to the land and equipment they need to do so; and in which consumers are able to afford fresh, local food. These are the elements of the food system on which this project focused: food production and processing, land, and food access and consumption.
These elements fit well with the three-part framework of the New England Food Vision: increased local production, increased farmland and a move toward healthier diets. The Franklin County Farm and Food System Project considered the goals of the New England Food Vision and its implications for Franklin County in terms of these three key elements.
FRCOG FC Farm and Food System Project Final Report (2015) (PDF, 18.9 MB)