Somos, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health,
education and welfare of the rural residents of Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Great Article from Anna Clark:
We are proud to have our bid for Crisfield be selected as one of only 27 cities nationwide for the Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance program. Somos Inc. is the lead agency for this exciting program designed to help communities who are looking to capitalize on the growing demand for local foods to:
• Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, and foster entrepreneurship.
• Improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables
• Revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and by providing people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.
The Local Foods, Local Places program is a unique partnership among the EPA, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that aims to help communities identify specific strategies and create a road map for achieving a range of placed-based, local food-oriented project goals. The community initiatives happening under this program range from building a community-owned cooperative grocery store in a small town on main street where people currently have to drive 10 miles to the nearest grocery store; to establishing a CSA in big city low income urban neighborhood that is currently a food dessert; to creating a food innovation hub seeking to foster food-based entrepreneurism in a redeveloping neighborhood, and many others. The program is more than just about food. It is about bringing people together within these communities to devise creative ways for local food projects to enhance their neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions. The program synthesizes the goals of improved health, smart growth, economic revitalization, community development, and environmental sustainability through place-based food system projects.
BY ANNA CLARK | APRIL 19, 2016
LOCAL FOOD LOCAL PLACES