Community Food News

8 Steps to Help Small Town Grocery Stores

Everyone needs to eat. Having a grocery store is more than just a place to buy food. It’s a necessity for any vibrant town. You can’t have a thriving community without healthy, energetic people eating good food. People look for a grocery store when deciding where to live, and residents will be more likely to stay in your town with a grocery store close by. 

Is your town’s grocery store struggling? Or have you lost your grocery store? Here are some simple first steps to get a handle on that situation. 

Creating Buzz About Pollinators

As wild habitat continues to disappear from the landscape, so too do wild pollinators - the native bees, bats, birds, and butterflies that are dependent on this floral diversity to survive and thrive.

This wide-scale decline has triggered alarm for good reason: we need pollinators to eat and live. They are responsible for 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species, according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market Returns

The Santee Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market will return to the Santee Sioux Reservation on July 25 at the Ohiya Casino and Resort from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. The market will be held every Saturday from August through October.

Along with fresh, locally grown produce (grown right in Santee), much more will be available. You'll find fresh baked goods including Amish goods, Indian tacos and other prepared foods, jams and jellies, and hand-made Native American crafts.

Let’s Talk Food Policy

Amy Radding, former Rural Community Foods Systems Specialist at the Center for Rural Affairs and currently a grant writer for us, contributed this article.

What governs our food system? In the United States, we have a huge array of laws, policies, and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels that affect how food is grown, processed, labeled, and sold, all the way from the farm to your plate. Collectively, this is called “food policy.”

Growing Farm to School Programs

Farm to school programs offer children better, fresher, more nutritious, and more local food choices that empower children and their families learn more about the food on their plates and make better food choices. These programs also help strengthen rural and small town economies by creating economic opportunities for local farmers and ranchers as well as local food processors.
 

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