For backyard growers, farmers, foodies, advocates, and local food entrepreneurs—explore the hot topics in local food systems and find resources here.

Beginning Farmers:



Financing and Grants:



  • CFSA Regulation Guide (organics, GAPS, labeling)
  • SC Department of Agriculture - Grading and Inspection Programs
  • USDA Commodity Specific Audit Programs

Local Food System Resources:

APA Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Reports

  • A Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning:  Transforming Food Environments, Facilitating Healthy Eating (PAS 554)
  • Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Places (PAS 563)

APA Policy Guide

Other APA Resources

  • APA Food System Planning Brochure
  • Planning for Food Access and Community – Based Food Systems: A National Scan and Evaluation of Local Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans
  • APA Food System Planning White Paper (Precursor to the Policy Guide)

South Carolina Resources

Local Food System Assessments from Other States