Greener Fields Together defines local as food distributed within a 7 hour drive from a farm which is managed and owned by the farmer or farm family. The local farm initiative focuses on developing business relationships with family-owned farms that are near our purveyor communities. Our investment in creating new opportunities for these farmers is our way of recognizing the efforts being made by local producers to feed their communities. This collaboration gives us all a chance to share our pride of place and the production that happens in various regions within our country.
The family farm initiative of Greener Fields Together is an important way to promote the availability and safety of local produce. All participating farmers must demonstrate their adherence to good agricultural practices (GAPs) and apply food safety controls to their operations that are based on accepted industry standards. To that end, farmers are provided with educational tools to promote the adoption of such practices and prepare them to pass a required annual audit. Local purveyor will help to financially support certain certification efforts at the local-farm level.
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