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Local Food Cost Calculator

Local Food Cost Calculator

The local food movement has grown steadily in cities and towns around the country as farmers markets, and CSAs take root, and farmers begin selling to restaurants, colleges and other institutions, either directly or through a food hub. While these so-called "farm to table" efforts show great promise, one challenge frequently remains: Price. To help overcome this problem, SCALE undertook a two part effort to first, examine how some food enterprises are making local buying work, and secondly, to develop a tool that more accurately determines the real cost difference when buying local food.

The results are now available as Putting Local on the Menu and the Local Food Cost Calculator. There are two versions of the calculator: one designed for restaurants, the other for college and university dining services.

A webinar on September 4th, sponsored by the Wallace Center's National Good Food Network, will provide an opportunity to learn about the study's results, and to see how the Local Foods Cost Calculator works.

Don't miss the NGFN Webinar on September 4!

"Putting Local on the Menu: Five Best Practices and a Cost Calculator Training"
September 4, 2014 • 3:30-4:45 PM EDT
Register now

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Anthony Flaccavento:

Anthony Flaccavento

Anthony Flaccavento has 25 years of hands-on experience in sustainable community development, along with a BS degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development.

Anthony has been a certified organic produce farmer for the past 15 years during which time he also founded and directed Appalachian Sustainable Development. He is the author of “Healthy Food Systems: A Tool Kit for building Value Chains” and over 100 published articles.

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the logos of clients and partners Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture The Local Food Hub Virginia Cooperative Extension Appalachian Regional Commission Farm to Table, New Mexico