Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food - Across the United States

Today, I hosted a Google+ Hangout with Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to highlight efforts to strengthen local and regional food systems across the United States.

The event was an opportunity to talk about local food with inspiring women from around the country, from Valerie Segrest, of the Muckelshoot Indian Tribe near Seattle, WA, who sees local and traditional foods as a way to preserve her heritage, to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, MD, who has made great strides in building her city’s local food system to increase access to healthy affordable food. You can watch the full video from the hangout below or on YouTube.

The hangout also marked the launch of the 2.0 version of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. An innovative digital guide and map, the KYF Compass highlights USDA-supported local food projects around the country. The 2.0 version features thousands of local food projects in all 50 states and includes keyword and zip code search features.

Today’s Google+ Hangout was a great opportunity to learn more about the inspiring work happening across the country in the area of local food. You can stay up to date by joining Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on Tuesday, July 24 at 1:30pm EDT for an @USDA  chat about local and regional food; ask your questions with the hashtags #KYF2 or #AskUSDA.

Jon Carson is the Director of the Office of Public Engagement